Thousands of people worldwide are set to throw their weight behind World Arthritis Day on the 12th of October – to help raise the profile of this common condition. And did you know that in the UK alone more than 1 million people – that’s 1 in 8 – live with a form of arthritis? The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it often develops in people over the age of 50. However, it can strike at any age due to injury or joint-related conditions.
In fact, a number of British celebrities have the condition, including: Emmerdale star Claire King, musician Rick Wakeman and How Clean is your House presenter Aggie MacKenzie. So you’re far from alone! World Arthritis Day (WAD) is being organised by the European League Against Rheumatism and aims to raise awareness, collect funds and make sure caregivers are aware of all the support and help that’s available to them.
The theme for 2014 is Healthy Ageing and focuses on the changes that occur when we get older. As such, a number of features on arthritis and how to age well with the condition will be published on the World Arthritis Day website. In addition, there is also advice on how to be physically active with rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease, which is posted on the website. In previous years the event has focussed on challenges in the work place and improving access to psychological support so those with arthritis can lead independent lives.
How do I show my support?
According to charity bosses at World Arthritis Day, there are two ways for you to get behind this event. One is to click on an online support button on their website. While the other is to display a button on your blog or webpage, so visitors can learn more about the condition.
Alternatively, Arthritis Care UK are encouraging their supporters to change their Facebook and Twitter profile picture to a specially created image. You can also show your support with the hashtag #worldarthritisday. They hope that by doing so they will get more donations to help combat the pain caused by arthritis. You can also donate money to the charity by visiting them online.
However, it’s important to note that you can fundraise all year round for Arthritis Care UK – not just on the 12th of October