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Living better with arthritis

 
Published May 2022 with NewsCanada 

Dealing with arthritis can make anything from enjoying a meal to tying your shoes more difficult. It’s something that more than 5.5 million people in Canada face every day. Fortunately, there are many ways to help those of all ages living with arthritis.

Here are a few ideas:

Take advantage of tools

Simple tools can make everyday tasks easy to master. Everyone’s level of ability is different, but people living with arthritis may consider using assistive devices to help with everyday activities.

Learn new techniques

Aside from tools and technology, there can be simple shifts to how something gets done that make it more possible. Based on your needs, a health professional can work with you to develop new ways to perform activities that are important to you.

Ask an expert

People living with arthritis want to be able to do the things they need or want to do with confidence. To help make that happen, work with an occupational therapist. Known as OTs, occupational therapists are licensed health professionals who help people affected by injuries and various conditions. They are skilled in working with you to develop strategies and adaptations to perform everyday tasks and achieve your goals.

You can find an OT through the College of Occupational Therapists. The College protects you and your family by ensuring all licensed occupational therapists in Ontario are trained and qualified to offer safe, competent and ethical services.

Find more information at coto.org.