Annual program of learning and fun for everyone presented by the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Explore health information and services that help improve daily life by managing arthritis. Keynote speaker Stephen Brewer, MD, medical director, Canyon Ranch, will discuss how to “Maximize Your Life Despite Adversity,” plus a panel of doctors and alternative therapy practitioners will present sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis. Lunch included.
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.
First breakout sessions:
“Impact of Disability.” Information about patients’ perspective of disability, response to pain, impact on memory and options related to limitations imposed by chronic illness.
“Close Relationships and Arthritis.” Discussion of a mind-body research program linking the quality of close relationships with health, presentation of findings from studies of health and couple relationship quality in rheumatoid arthritis patients, and future applications in supportive programs for people living with arthritis.
“Q & RA.” Important information developing in rheumatoid arthritis research, treatment and management.
“Yoga for Every Body.” Anyone can do yoga! Join in the fun!
Second breakout sessions:
“Let’s Connect and Redefine Limitations.” Interactive discussion will feature opportunities to share stories and connect with peers.
“Tai Chi for Arthritis.” Modified version of the art that consists of a series of slow agile movements that are safe for the joints, reduce pain and disability, and promote balance, muscle strength and physical functioning.
“Cartilage Regeneration Procedures.” 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.”
REGISTRATION/MORE INFORMATION: Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. To register, call the Arizona Arthritis Center, (520) 626-5040, or e-mail LivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu For more information, visit the Web site www.arizona.edu