“Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in Canada and affects about 620,000 Albertans of all ages and backgrounds.

“Arthritis is a group of more than 100 chronic conditions characterized by inflammation in the joints or other areas of the body that can limit an individual’s ability to be physically active – threatening their enjoyment of life, mental health, and sometimes their livelihood.  

“Those who suffer with arthritis often live with debilitating chronic pain and stiffness, making even simple everyday tasks challenging.

“There is no cure for arthritis at this time, but it can be managed with help from health professionals. Through the programs and supports offered in Alberta, Albertans living with arthritis can improve their quality of life, participate more fully with family and friends, and be engaged members of their community. 

“Today, Oct. 12, is World Arthritis Day, which reminds us that this chronic condition afflicts millions of people around the world. If you suffer with arthritis, or care for someone who does, I encourage you to find further information, resources, expert support and inspiration through the Arthritis Society or by calling their help line at 1-800-321-1433.”

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