“This is your opportunity to learn how to do this. You get to be in charge now.” Marcia Rippe of St. Joseph, Missouri, Buchanan County, shares her experiences as a leader of self-management programs. Rippe works for the Heartland Health (St. Joseph) Arthritis Community Services office. Rippe has served as a nurse educator for at least the past 25 years, and she provides patient education through her job. She also volunteers with the Red Cross, with Disaster Preparedness, and in teaching CPR. The Arthritis Community Services office provides many self-management programs. Rippe is a leader and trainer for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and for the Walk With Ease (WWE) program.
"I don’t know if I can do this.” Sheila Murphy, 54, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, wanted to regain her independence and also to take care of herself after the loss of her sister whom she had cared for over 12 years.
(Image: Sheila Murphy, when she first came to the Independent Living Center of Southeast Missouri in July 2012)
When Murphy first heard about self-management programs being offered through the Independent Living Center of Southeast Missouri, her life slowly began to change.
When Russell Otte, 65, of Edina, Missouri (Knox County) registered for his first physical activity course, he was fearful that he would not succeed with the program. Being the only man in his class didn’t help this fear. However, the instructor of his Walk With Ease class encouraged everyone to walk at their own pace, to realize it wasn’t a competition, and to encourage one another. As Otte says, “We cheered one another on.” When considering taking a self-management or physical activity course, many people have similar fears.
“You really don’t understand something until it is in your own backyard.” When the grandmother of Paula Moore, St. Louis City County, had a stroke, she thought she understood what her grandmother was going through. However, it wasn’t until three years later, when Moore had an ischemic stroke, that she felt she could actually understand where her grandmother was, what she was going through, and how she dealt with her stroke. Following Moore’s stroke, at the recommendation of her health care team, she began rehabilitation at SSM Health Care in St. Louis. While at SSM, the director of social services recommended to Moore that she should contact the Eastern Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) to enroll in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).
The start of May kicked off National Arthritis Awareness Month, also known as Arthritis Action Month! With arthritis being the number one cause of disability in the United States, it's important to raise awareness of what arthritis is and how it affects us, our family members and our friends. Many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation (AF), are encouraging the nation to take action to help manage arthritis and reduce it's negative effects.
Take Action to Improve Your Health! Increase Your Awareness of Arthritis and Jump Start Your Summer by Staying Active During Arthritis Action Month
The month of May marks Arthritis Action Month nationally. Throughout the month, individuals are encouraged to make personal actions to change the course of their arthritis. May is also a great time to raise our awareness of this chronic health condition. Adults who have arthritis can use physical activity as a step in their self-management plan to help reduce pain and increase their mobility.
Last Friday, May 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report contained two articles of note for the arthritis community. First, a report on walking among adults with arthritis was released. The report, State-Specific Prevalence of Walking Among Adults With Arthritis - United States, 2011, looks at national data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Second, an announcement was made in the May 3 MMWR that May 2013 is Arthritis Awareness Month. To learn more about Arthritis Awareness Month, also known as Arthritis Action Month, please visit the Faces of Arthritis webpage.
The hip is one of the largest joints in the body, with a ball-and-socket design— the femoral head (ball) sits in the acetabulum (socket)—connecting thigh to pelvis. The surface of the bones is covered in cartilage, which acts as a cushion and allows movement. In a healthy hip, a small amount of fluid is produced by a layer of tissue membrane surrounding the joint, lubricating the cartilage and eliminating friction.