CHARLOTTETOWN – September is Arthritis Awareness Month and the Arthritis Society has a full lineup of educational fall programming designed to help Prince Edward Islanders living with arthritis. Sessions will take place in O’Leary, Alberton, North Rustico, Stratford, Charlottetown, Souris, Mt. Stewart and Cornwall throughout September.
There are also other ways to get involved, including volunteering, residential donations, and a text-to-give campaign, where cell phone users can text “bluebird” to 20222 to make a $5 donation to the Arthritis Society.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the programs begin with a Gardening and Arthritis presentation at the Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown. The session begins at 11:30 a.m.
Also in Charlottetown, there will be a Chronic Pain Management Workshop will take place at Sobeys (Community Room), 201 Buchanan Drive at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, Sept. 12, there will be a public forum at the Access P.E.I. Office (Board Room 2) at 45 East Drive in O’Leary. The session starts at 6 p.m.
An Exercise Control over Arthritis presentation is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11:15 a.m. at Eternal Fitness in North Rustico.
In Stratford, there is a Chronic Pain Management Workshop on Sept. 17 at the Stratford Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Two more public forums will take place on Sept 18. At Access P.E.I., 15 Green Street, Souris, at 5:30 p.m.), and Sept. 19 at the Alberton Community Centre, Mental Health Building, at 6 p.m.
A pair of Tips and Tricks for Protecting Your Joints presentations wrap up the month at the Mount Stewart Public Library on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and the Cornwall Library on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.
“Arthritis Awareness Month is the perfect time for people living with this condition to start managing their arthritis and living a healthier lifestyle”, said Sarah Drew, community development coordinator for the Arthritis Society – Prince Edward Island Division. “These sessions offer very helpful tricks, tips and methods to take control of your life despite chronic pain.”
The sessions are all free of charge. All are welcome, but pre-register by calling 1-800-321-1433 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.