Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis, So More People Can Do What They Love.
If you have arthritis, you know full well what it’s like. The physical pain that makes everyday tasks difficult if not impossible. The emotional distress and feelings of isolation. The money it drains from your family budget.
But many of those who don’t have arthritis don’t have a clue. They don’t know that:
- Arthritis is the world’s most prevalent disease. In the United States alone, 54 million adults – one in four – have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. And as many as 91 million Americans may truly be affected, according to a recent study.
- Arthritis isn’t just an “elderly disease.” Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
- While it may not be as life-threatening as cancer or heart disease, arthritis accounts for 100 million doctor visits and nearly 7 million hospitalizations each year. It can damage vital organs and make other conditions worse.
- Arthritis is to blame for the loss of 172 million workdays each year and costs the U.S. economy more than $300 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
Perhaps worst of all, arthritis prevents people from doing the things they love. Hobbies they relish. Activities they enjoy. Even simple pleasures like spending time with family and friends, picking up their child or participating in special occasions. Arthritis steals quality of life.
The Arthritis Foundation is funding research for better treatments and a cure. Providing tools and resources that empower people with arthritis to pursue what they love and say Yes more than No to everyday obstacles is our mission.
Let’s show the world why we need to get a grip on arthritis NOW more than ever. Donate now and join the cause.