Thursday, May 14, 2009

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

The month of May 2009 is Arthritis Awareness Month, a designation intended to bring attention to this significant and still growing problem in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis in 2005 affected an estimated 46 million (one in five) U.S. adults and nearly 300,000 children. By the year 2030, it is expected that arthritis will affect 67 million adults and it remains the most common cause of disability in the United States.

This year the focus is on the benefits of physical activity for persons with arthritis. For adults with arthritis, physical activity can reduce pain, improve function and reduce the risk for disability, in addition to lowering the risk for heart disease or type 2 diabetes.

View a selection of Maxi-Aids Assistive Devices for the Arthritic or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to see further details on Arthritis Awareness Month.

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