The Arthritis Newsletter

Fall 2016




Action on Arthritis: Steps Toward a Better You


On Saturday, October 1st, the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB) of Arthritis Research Canada will host ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) 2016. This event is intended to educate participants about arthritis, to discuss concerns and issues and provide practical tips for better disease management. Participants will hear from world-class arthritis researchers, and be able to interact directly with both researchers and fellow patients.


This year we are delighted to present ROAR from the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, BC, as well as via a live webcast available anywhere in the world.  Our speakers will offer short, focussed talks on the following topics (as well as taking questions from the floor):


  • You don’t have to quit: Staying at work with inflammatory arthritis; from Dr. Diane Lacaille, whose area of research includes what can be done to accommodate employees with arthritis so that they remain in the work force.


  • Better control of your gout: What you can do now; from Harvard researcher Dr. Hyon Choi and Harvard PhD student Sharan Rai. Dr. Choi and Ms. Rai will detail lifestyle changes and the importance of taking appropriate meds to manage gout.


  • Sharing activity monitor data with a physio coach, and how that can help you manage your arthritis; Dr. Linda Li will highlight how the information from your activity tracker can help a physio coach help you.


  • Balancing life’s activities in the presence of arthritis; Dr. Catherine Backman will discuss mindfulness and its impact of health and well-being for people with arthritis.


  • Patients’ guide to managing cardiovascular risk with rheumatoid arthritis; Dr. Claire Barber will suggest how you can work with your doctor to reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems, which typically occur more frequently in those with rheumatoid arthritis.


  • The joys and challenges of activity monitors; Jenny Leese and Graham MacDonald discuss the many issues involved in the use of activity monitors for people with arthritis and for health care professionals.


Each presentation will consist of a 10-12 minute talk, followed by questions from the floor. A panel discussion involving all the speakers will convene after the last presentation, allowing an additional opportunity for audience questions.  Short stretch breaks between presentations will be led by APAB member and physiotherapist Karen Tsui.  Refreshments will be provided during a short break at the mid-point of the program. For in-person attendees there is a nominal $5.00 fee; for online participants there is no charge.



Saturday, October 1, 2016. 8:45 am (PDT) registration and 9:30 session start. End at 12:30 pm.



The Ismaili Centre, 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8. Actual Entrance is off Curle Avenue, on the south side of Canada Way between Smith and Gilmore Avenues.



Click here or by phone at 604-207-0400.


Come join us to listen, learn, question, discuss and meet others who share your journey with arthritis.




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