ATLANTA, Nov. 7, 2013 – A government report released today found the number of adults with arthritis is rising by about 1 million people each year, and along with it, the debilitating impact of the disease. The report reaffirms previous predictions that cases of arthritis would rise rapidly with the aging of the population. However, the impact of arthritis on activity limitations is exceeding previous estimates, says the Arthritis Foundation.
“The sharp rise in activity limitations is alarming,” says Arthritis Foundation President and CEO, Ann M. Palmer. “More people are hurting when they walk and climb the stairs, and they may be curbing activities they love due to severe pain and limited mobility caused by the disease. We must reverse this trend by investing more dollars in research to find a cure for arthritis and providing health intervention programs to help people be more active today.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in the Nov. 8 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, arthritis affects the daily activities of about 23 million adults, up from 21 million during 2007-2009, and not far from the projection of 25 million that wasn’t expected until 2030.
The report also confirms the disease is common, impacting about 23 percent of the adult population. The 2013 report shows that the number of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis climbed from roughly 50 million to 53 million over the last three years. Arthritis also carries a heavy financial burden, costing the U.S. economy $128 billion annually.
“The number of U.S. adults with arthritis is increasing. This amounts to an average increase of approximately 2,400 individuals per day,” says Dr. Wayne H. Giles, Director of the Division of Population Health at the CDC. “Because arthritis occurs so often with other conditions like diabetes and heart disease, arthritis limitations may be interfering with the recommended management of those conditions, especially in regards to physical activity.”
Among the report’s findings from 2010-2012:
Arthritis impacts daily activities of:
- Roughly one in 10 adults in the U.S.
- Nearly half of all adults with arthritis
- More than 15 percent of obese adults
- More than a quarter of adults with heart disease or diabetes
Arthritis commonly co-occurs with obesity, heart disease and diabetes:
- Half of all adults with heart disease or diabetes have arthritis
- One-third of obese adults have arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation is working to help address this ever-growing problem by advocating for policies and programs to help people get treatment and care, driving innovative research toward a cure, and providing information and programs to help people manage their disease. In addition, events such as the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis bring the community together each year to raise funds to fight and cure arthritis.
To learn more about the impact of arthritis and what you can do about it, visit www.arthritis.org/newsnov2013.
About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.
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Nashville, TN - July 1, 2013 - Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children, yet it often goes undetected or misdiagnosed when symptoms first appear. This July, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation is focusing on increasing awareness of early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and resources available for families affected by the disease.
Often a child complaining of achy joints is diagnosed as having “growing pains,” a phenomenon believed to be the result of the natural growth process. Now it’s known that joint pain, stiffness and swelling in or around the joint may be early signs of a serious, inflammatory rheumatic disease.
“When joint pain, swelling or stiffness occurs in one or more of your child’s joints for at least six weeks, it’s important not to assume these symptoms are temporary, and to get a proper diagnosis from a pediatric arthritis specialist,” says Arthritis Foundation Vice President of Public Health Policy and Advocacy, Dr. Patience White. “Early medical treatment of juvenile arthritis can prevent serious, permanent damage to your child’s joints and enable her to live an active, full childhood.”
Contrary to general belief, infants, children and teenagers can get arthritis. Approximately 300,000 children are affected by juvenile arthritis. While there is no known cure, there has never been a more optimistic outlook for children with juvenile arthritis. Advances in research have produced new treatments that moderate and even stop the effects of juvenile arthritis, preventing significant disability in later years.
In a continued effort to reduce the heavy burden of juvenile arthritis, disability and cost of this chronic disease, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer this disease through increasing:
- Awareness and support:
- Juvenile Arthritis Conference – Taking place July 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel in Anaheim, California, the nationwide conference is held annually for families affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents, teens/young adults, children affected by arthritis and their siblings. In addition, the conference offers families a chance to network with each other and learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
- JA Camp – Camp AcheAway - A week-long outdoor camp experience developed specifically for kids with arthritis will be held at Camp Widjiwagan July 21-26. Camp is designed to teach children living with JA to overcome obstacles, build independence, and meet other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. Camp AcheAway provides children with arthritis a safe, educational and fun way to learn how to cope with their disease. The campsite is adaptable to all limitations so campers can engage in all activities from wall climbing and kayaking to dancing and yoga. Registration for 2013 is now closed, but if you are interested in more information or other JA events please contact our office at 615.254.6795.
- Family days- JA Family Days take place throughout the year in Tennessee. The whole family is invited to come meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn more about arthritis and to have fun! Parents will have an opportunity to gather for a networking session about juvenile arthritis issues, while the kids take part in volunteer led activities. Please visit the events page of www.arthritis.org/tennessee for more information.
- Advocacy – Eleven states do not have a single specialist to treat children with juvenile arthritis. Arthritis advocates speak out for federal support to train more pediatric rheumatologists and for more research funding to help children with all forms of juvenile arthritis.
- Advancing the Quality of Life for Children with Arthritis – Formore than 60 years, the Arthritis Foundation has been a leader in advancing treatments and a cure for juvenile arthritis. Currently, the Arthritis Foundation funds researchers working in the field of juvenile arthritis, totaling a commitment of more than $1.1 million in 2013. These researchers are investigating a wide range of topics, from how environmental and genomic factors might play a role in triggering juvenile arthritis, to collecting data and evaluating the efficacy of standardized treatment plans, to the development and testing of a smart phone app to help children cope with pain. The Arthritis Foundation also is proud to provide $2.4 million in grant money to date to support the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists who have joined together to answer critical research questions.
- Juvenile Arthritis Registry – Efforts to track drug side effects and establish treatment benchmarks through a registry aim to benefit future juvenile arthritis treatments.
More information on juvenile arthritis and resources for families is available on the Arthritis Foundation website at http://www.arthritis.org/juvenile-arthritis.php.
About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.
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Nashville, TN – May 23, 2013– On June 1st, families, friends and co-workers from across the Nashville area will come together to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation through the 2013 Arthritis Walk Middle Tennessee. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature fundraising event, taking place in hundreds of cities nationwide typically during Arthritis Awareness Month in May. The Arthritis Walk is designed to increase public awareness, educate people about the benefits of staying active and raise money to fight arthritis.
This year’s event will take place in East Park in East Nashville (700 Woodland Avenue, Nashville 37206). The walk route will travel about a one mile through the Historic Edgefield neighborhood. The crowd at the Arthritis Walk in Nashville will be joined by this year’s junior honorees Lucy and Ashton. Lucy was diagnosed with Pauciarticular Juvenile Ideopathic Arthritis during 2006 just before she turned two years old. Ashton was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis during the fall of 2011.
This once-a-year opportunity helps improve the lives of the 50 million adults and nearly 300,000 children living with arthritis in the U.S. By 2030, it is projected that the number of Americans with arthritis will surpass 67 million. In addition to causing pain, this serious and sometimes deadly disease costs the U.S. economy $128 billion each year.
“We are so grateful for companies, organizations and individuals who come together at the Arthritis Walk to honor their loved ones and help raise funds needed to find a cure for arthritis,” said, Mandy Schmitt. “The funds raised during the Arthritis Walk help support critical Arthritis Foundation research and programs to improve the quality of life for people living with arthritis.” To register or start your team visit www.walkmiddletn.kintera.org.
After the walk, East Park will be host to the 1st annual “MudBugs & Music” event in Nashville. This festival will take place from 1 to 7 pm and will include music from the band “Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run,” which resides in East Nashville. Other local bands include “Volunteer String Band” and “This Old Bear.”
The event is free to the public. But tickets can be purchased for crawfish, jambalaya and beer, including beer from Fat Bottom Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing and Schlafly Beer. There will also be a kid’s area, face painting and more. Tables and chairs will be provided, but lawn chairs and blankets are welcome as well. For complete event details and to purchase tickets online visit www.MudBugsandMusicNashville.com.
“The Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature event that attracts over 1500 participants each year. The addition of Mudbugs & Music festival provides a fun filled festival all day long for walk participants. What more could you ask for - live music, crawfish, jambalaya and beer,” said Jim Shivers, Mudbugs & Music Event Chair.
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of arthritis, a serious, painful and unacceptable disease that can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The organization’s local offices assist thousands of individuals and families each year through empowering programs like Camp AcheAway for children and teens with arthritis, and the evidence-based Programs for Better Living courses including Aquatics, Exercise, Tai Chi and Walk With Ease. The Arthritis Foundation is the world’s largest private nonprofit funder of arthritis research, investing more than $450 million in strategic initiatives resulting in treatments that have given mobility back to countless patients.
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