The Walk to Fight Arthritis is The Arthritis Society’s marquee fundraising event. The Walk unites those who feel the emotional and physical pain of arthritis in communities across the country to fund a cure and improve the lives of those living with arthritis.

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network website is a resource page where people can find information on living with RA. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to live a full, healthy life. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage these symptoms — from medications to lifestyle changes. 

Whether you or a loved one are diagnosed with arthritis, or you just want to learn about it, there’s quite a lot of material to cover. From symptoms and risk factors to treatments and clinical trials, the various types of this condition are widespread and complex. 

This webpage links to a variety of topics and assessment tools related to the care of the elderly.

The ROAR public forum features a group of researchers from Arthritis Research Canada who are at the forefront of these changes. They will share what the latest research, developed in collaboration with patients, is telling us about arthritis care and self-management. Updates on current research will be presented in a relaxed and informative series of talks for people with arthritis and those who care for them. Click here to register for the webinar.

Highlights of this issue include the featured topic of Bone and Joint Health and the Older Adult, updates regarding the Age-Friendly Communities. Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent Education, Regional Integrated Falls Prevention and Management Strategy and a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to bone and joint health and the older adult.  Topics covered include rheumatoid arthritis, osteomyelitis, osteoarthritis, paget's disease, osteoporosis, fractures and musculoskeletal pain.

GLA:D Canada training sessions are 1.5 day training courses that are designed for perople who have a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and exercise prescription and who are currently working with individuals who have OA or are at high risk of developing OA.  Register now for the upcoming Sept. 16-17th session in Toronto.

The author provides an overview of special considerations in the treatment of elderly-onset rheumatoid arthritis. Modifying treatment based on the context of the patients age and comorbidities to maintain quality of life is emphasized.

This article points out that some elderly persons develop osteomyelitis following total hip or knee replacements.  Those with rheumatoid arthritis are more susceptible to prosthetic joint related infections.  The author provides a number of considerations in regards to the treatment of acute and chronic osteomyelitis in the elderly.

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