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New Arthritis Support Group Meeting in Anchorage

Anchorage, AK:  Starting off the New Year, people living with arthritis in Southcental Alaska now have a monthly Arthritis Support Group they can attend.  Meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Alaska Regional Hospital’s Ivy Room on the first floor.  (Ask for directions at the front reception desk, if needed).

The purpose of this self-directed arthritis support and education group is to offer opportunities to explore the many treatments, procedures, and programs that can contribute to lessening the discomfort and progress of arthritis and related rheumatic conditions, including joint pain and stiffness, and/or limited range of motion. We will also network together to find recommendations from within our group for alternative and traditional therapies, treatments and professionals, exercise groups, walking programs, and more.

Our first session will be on Thursday, February 16, 6-8 pm, and will feature Laura  Goss, Alaska Branch Manager for the Arthritis Foundation Great West Region, Inc.*

Her topic will be Arthritis 101.  She will discuss the most common types of arthritis, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and control and management of this disease.  She will also share information about the resources and programs available throughout Alaska through the Arthritis Foundation.  Time will be allotted for participants to brainstorm ideas for future meetings, including formats and presentation topics and speakers.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, and it is the #1 cause of disability in the United States. There are over 116,000 Alaskans with doctor diagnosed arthritis, and an estimated 800 children in Alaska have juvenile arthritis.

Please come to the first session to learn more. If you cannot make it to this first session but wish to be on our communications list for future meetings, or if you would like to be a speaker, please contact the group facilitator, Dawn Scott, at (907) 223-4001 or akdawnscott@gmail.com.  This event is generously hosted by Alaska Regional Hospital, and is supported by the Arthritis Foundation Alaska Branch office.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. For more information about the Arthritis Foundation and our programs and services throughout Alaska, contact Laura Goss, Alaska Branch Manager, at (907) 277-2784, toll-free (866) 997-2784, or lgoss@arthritis.org.  Or visit www.arthritis.org.

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