Everyday Activities

Living with a painful condition can affect how you handle certain everyday tasks, whether it’s taking a bath, getting a good night’s sleep, or hosting overnight guests. Read the articles below to learn about how to manage these — and other — routine activities.

100 Tips for Changing Your Life

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

Changing your habits and lifestyle isn’t easy, but even small changes can reap big rewards, especially when you add them up over time. To get you started, here are 100 tips for a happier, healthier, wealthier life. Pick and choose those tips that you think will be most helpful for you. Eating 1. Learn to […]

Quit Smoking

by Nicki Porter

You already know smoking is bad. You know you should quit. But did you know smoking also has a negative effect on your arthritis? Not only is smoking a proven risk factor for developing both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it also can make your existing arthritis worse. Smoking has been shown both to increase […]

Assistive Devices

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

Assistive devices can make life easier for people with arthritis or related conditions. Speak with your arthritis health-care team about assistive devices that might be right for you. The devices can take a variety of forms: • Canes or crutches can make it easier to walk for those with arthritis of the knee or hip. […]

Turning Goals into Success

by Shira Isenberg, RD, MPH

The doctor is grim. “You must lose weight,” he says, practically reprimanding you. You knew that already—you’ve seen the number on the scale—and you know all the risks if you don’t. What you don’t know is how to make that weight loss happen. We’ve all seen those amazing transformation videos on the Internet where someone […]

Auto Insurance

by David Wayne Smith, DEd, DABPS, FACFEI

Getting into an automobile, as either the driver or a passenger, always entails some risk, even if you’re not going very far. Indeed, most car accidents occur within a few miles of home. Based on the number of miles driven per year, the chances of having an auto accident, even for careful drivers, is about […]

Don’t Snooze? You Lose

by Natalie Staats Reiss, PhD

Techniques for Improving Sleep “[…]for sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” —Thomas Dekker For people such as Trish Engleton, getting a good night’s sleep is an elusive goal. “It’s horrible!” says the mother of three who has been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for the past 10 years. “Even […]

Broadening your social circle

by Wendy McBrair, MS, BSN, CHES

The key ingredient to good health has been studied, and interestingly, it is not a medicine, a food, or a surgical procedure that ranks as number one. Rather, it’s social support. As many people know, social support from family members, friends, a religious community, professionals such as a social worker or minister, and other sources […]

Playing With Children

by Stephanie Green

From a swoosh down a slide to countless rounds of tag, kids love to play, and they love it when the adults in their lives play with them. Just think of the times when you’ve been beckoned with, “Mom, can you push me on the swings?” or “Grandad, will you give me a piggyback ride?” […]

Talking With Your Doctor

by Wendy McBrair, MS, BSN, CHES

Have you ever thought or heard someone else say, “My doctor doesn’t help me” or “Going to the doctor is a waste of time”? Unfortunately, these feelings are sometimes justified. Not every visit to the doctor is well-spent, and people can leave the doctor’s office feeling discouraged, confused, and disheartened. Why is this so? This […]

Making Housekeeping Easier

by Erica Jacques, OT

A house that cleans itself? It sounds like a dream, but it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Not everyone has the luxury of hiring a housekeeper, but anyone can have a cleaner home without working any harder. In fact, most people can have a cleaner home by working even less! As an occupational […]

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