‘Maximize Your Life Despite Adversity’ Keynote Presentation at Living Healthy With Arthritis 2010, Jan. 16

<p>&nbsp;Keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director, Canyon Ranch, plus a panel of doctors and alternative therapy practitioners promote patient empowerment through management</p>

December 09, 2009

“Maximizing Your Life Despite Adversity” is the keynote presentation at Living Healthy With Arthritis 2010, the annual program of learning and fun for everyone presented by the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Enjoy a day of empowerment as you explore health information and services that help improve your daily life by managing arthritis. Keynote speaker Stephen Brewer, MD, medical director, Canyon Ranch, will give an uplifting lecture about empowering lifestyles and management of limiting conditions. In addition, a panel of doctors and alternative therapy practitioners will present sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis.

David Wayne Smith, D.ED, director of Disability Assessment Services and Research (DASR) at the Arizona Arthritis Center, will lead two breakout sessions. Dr. Smith was featured in an article about patient advocacy in the New York Times, Oct. 27, 2009 (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/27brod.html?_r=3&scp=1&sq=David Wayne Smith&st=cse). A touching story about Dr. Smith’s role as an advocate for his son who suffered a life-threatening injury and was unable to direct his own care, the article also outlined four situations that call for a patient advocate. For those with arthritis, Dr. Smith and the DASR program are valuable resources when day-to-day living and continuation of care become problematic and an advocate may be necessary.

Living Healthy With Arthritis 2010 kicks off a year-long series of “Living Healthy with Arthritis” monthly talks presented by the Life Compass initiative of the Arizona Arthritis Center and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology. The Arizona Arthritis Center is a research leader focused on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. Life Compass is a patient-centered program offering education, outreach, services and a place for people to meet others for support, mentoring or just for fun.

Registration is $12 per person and includes lunch (members of the Arizona Arthritis Center Friends attend free). Free parking is available in the UMC Visitor/Patient Parking Garage. Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. To register, please call the Arizona Arthritis Center at (520) 626-5040, or e-mail LivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu 

Following is the tentative agenda for Living Healthy With Arthritis 2010 (please check the Web site, www.arthritis.arizona.edu, for updates):

9-10 a.m.
Registration and check-in (DuVal Auditorium)
Early Bird Stretch (Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, East Door)

10-10:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction, Salvatore Albani, MD, PhD, director, Arizona Arthritis Center (DuVal Auditorium)
Dr. Albani will discuss the Life Compass Initiative at the Arizona Arthritis Center and preview what the future of the Center holds.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation, “Patient Empowerment Through Management of Arthritis,” Stephen Brewer, MD, medical director, Canyon Ranch (DuVal Auditorium)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break, One-on-One with Researchers and Affiliate Exhibitors (DuVal Auditorium)

12:30-1:15 p.m.
First Breakout Sessions (various locations):

“Impact of Disability,” David Wayne Smith, D.ED, DABPS, DACFE, clinical lecturer and director of Disability Assessment Services and Research
Dr. Smith will present information about patients’ perspective of disability, response to pain and impact on memory. The session also will feature three patients of DASR and an opportunity to learn options related to limitations imposed by chronic illness.

“Close Relationships and Arthritis,” Shelley Kasle, PhD, research assistant professor
Dr. Kasle will discuss why the quality of close relationships may be especially important for the health of people living with arthritis. She will outline her mind-body research program, linking the quality of close relationships with health, and will present findings from her studies of health and couple-relationship quality in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Dr. Kasle also will discuss future applications of her findings in potential supportive programs for people living with arthritis.

“Q & RA,” Jeffrey Lisse, MD, chief, Section of Adult Rheumatology
Learn important information developing in rheumatoid arthritis research, treatment and management.

“Yoga for Every Body,” Catherine Sutherland, registered Yoga teacher; certified Laughter Leader, World Laughter Tour, Inc.
Nationally registered yoga instructor Catherine Sutherland believes that one of the most wonderful gifts of the practice of yoga is its versatility – anyone can do yoga! Join in the fun!

1:30 -2:15 p.m.
Second Breakout Sessions (various locations):

“Let’s Connect and Redefine Limitations,” David Wayne Smith, D.ED, director, Disability Assessment Research Clinic
This interactive discussion will feature opportunities to speak with Dr. Smith, share stories and connect with peers.

“Tai Chi for Arthritis,” Rose Medvec, certified Tai Chi instructor
Tai chi for Arthritis is a modified version of the art that consists of a series of slow agile movements that are safe for the joints. The practice has been shown to effectively reduce pain and disability while promoting balance, muscle strength and physical functioning in those with arthritis.

“Cartilage Regeneration Procedures,” John Szivek, PhD, director, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory; senior scientist, Arizona Arthritis Center; professor, orthopedic surgery; research professor, orthopedic surgery; adjunct associate professor, aerospace & mechanical engineering; adjunct associate professor, materials science & engineering; research professor, BIO5 Institute
Learn what reconstructive options are available for severe damage caused by arthritis, such as those done to the hip and knee, and what the future holds.

“Arts & Crafts,” Terri Caminker, local artist and instructor at Canyon Ranch

2:30-3 p.m.
Regroup, Raffle and Thanks (DuVal Auditorium)