Help raise awareness about arthritis during #WorldArthritisDay! Since 1996, World Arthritis Day on October 12th has unified people of all ages, races, and genders to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). On this day, we strive to raise awareness and share information and support with RMD patients and their caregivers. This year’s theme, “Don’t Delay, Connect Today,” initiated by EULAR, aims to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of RMDs. Together, we can work together towards earlier diagnosis and timely access to care!
As the Champion of Yes, the Arthritis Foundation moves forward every day in ways to improve access to care, providing new information and supporting scientific advancements to find a cure. We strive to provide many ways for those with arthritis and their loved ones with ways to keep saying Yes to life – including valuable tools and resources, such as toolkits you can access on the go, a 24/7 helpline, and access to local resources that will help you conquer everyday challenges.
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Today is World Arthritis Day! As the Champion of Yes, we’re committed to leading the fight for the arthritis community – a community that is over 50 million strong in the US alone, including nearly 300,000 children and babies. While we’re committed to helping those with arthritis through life-changing tools and information, advocacy, scientific research, and community connections, a major obstacle people in the arthritis community face is raising awareness of the seriousness of the disease. Today, we need your help! You can help raise awareness on the breadth and depth of this debilitating disease using the information below. You can also take that awareness a step further by making a donation today to help us raise critical funds to continue championing innovative arthritis research and support for people with arthritis.
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Since 1996, October 12 is recognized as World Arthritis Day, a global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and managed by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), the aim of World Arthritis Day is not only to raise awareness, but also to influence public policy and inform those living with RMDs as well as their caregivers of the support network available to them.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions accounting for more than $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses annually with nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year. Arthritis impacts more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S. and 120 million people in the European Union, making it the leading cause of disability in the western world.
Arthritis has a Global Impact
- According to EUMUSC.net, in a 2007 EU survey it was found that 22% of the population currently had, or had experienced, long-term muscle, bone and joint problems such as rheumatism and arthritis.
- The prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis varies between 0.3% and 1% and is more common in women as well as in developed countries.
- Within 10 years of onset of rheumatoid arthritis, at least 50% of patients in developed countries are unable to hold down a full-time job.
- Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and accounts for more disability among the elderly than any other disease.
- Many factors increase the risk of developing rheumatic disease, including increasing age, smoking, excessive weight, predisposed genetic factors, occupations with high risk of injury and overuse of joints.
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure.
This year’s World Arthritis Day theme – “It’s in your hands, take action” – helps increase awareness as we take over the social media world High 5ing for World Arthritis Day. Take a stand! Join us in spreading the word with the hashtag #WADhigh5.
Together, we conquer arthritis!