Sup­port for Arthri­tis

South Waikato News - - Out & About -

Ex­er­cise and nutrition can help ease the suf­fer­ing of arthri­tis.

How you can im­prove your life with arthri­tis will be di­cussed at The Toko­roa Arthri­tis Sup­port Group this month.

More than 620,000 peo­ple in New Zealand are liv­ing with arthri­tis.

This equates to around 16 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion – in­clud­ing 1,000 chil­dren.

Arthri­tis is one of the lead­ing causes of dis­abil­ity and can oc­cur to any one at any age.

There are more than 140 dif­fer­ent forms of arthri­tis.

The Toko­roa Arthri­tis Sup­port Group meet on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of each month to pro­vide so­cial and peer sup­port to those liv­ing with arthri­tis in Toko­roa.

At each meet­ing there is a speaker dis­cussing items of in­ter­est for those with arthri­tis or their fam­i­lies/care­givers.

The May meet­ing will see a lo­cal Phar­ma­cist speak about medications and June will be ex­er­cises for the colder months.

The group wel­come Toko­roa res­i­dents to join them and meet­ings are held at Sport Waikato, Swanston St at 11.15am.

For more in­for­ma­tion tele­phone Mandy on 021 806 245 or Jean 886 1288.

Arthri­tis is not just a con­di­tion of the el­derly with 51 per cent of those with a di­ag­no­sis are aged be­tween 15 and 64.

There are also 17,940 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing sick­ness or in­valids ben­e­fits as a re­sult of mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions, the bulk of which deu to arthri­tis.

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