One in six Prince Edward Islanders living with arthritis

Published on September 12, 2017

Preparing to raise the flag at Government House are (from left) Rebecca Gariepy, the Arthritis Society – P.E.I. Division community development co-ordinator, P.E.I. Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis, and Rosie Keough, the Arthritis Society P.E.I. board chair.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – On Prince Edward Island, more than one in six people live with arthritis.

That’s 25,000 Islanders for whom simple tasks throughout the day can be excruciating and who may struggle at night to sleep.

Nationally, 4.6 million Canadians live with the pain, stiffness, and swelling of arthritis, and more than half are of working age.

The Arthritis Society recognizes September as Arthritis Awareness Month to support the lives touched by arthritis, and continue to support Canadians living with the debilitating disease.

“Arthritis affects so many Canadians, and yet is a largely invisible disease,” explains Susan Tilley-Russell, the Arthritis Society’s executive director, Atlantic region.

“Arthritis Awareness Month is so important because it raises awareness that arthritis can affect the lives of people of all ages including children, working-aged individuals and seniors.

“Arthritis awareness month also highlights the Arthritis Society’s advocacy initiatives, and research impacts. It helps us show Canadians, and Islanders, with arthritis that the Arthritis Society is here to help.”

On Sept. 1 the Arthritis Society flag was raised at the P.E.I. Lieutenant-Governor’s residence, Government House, to remind Islanders living with arthritis that they are not alone.

For more information on events happening in P.E.I. throughout September call 902-628-2288 or check online at