Get a Grip on Arthritis!

This post has been sponsored by The Arthritis Foundation but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you know that arthritis is the #1 leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S.? Because one in four Americans have arthritis, you probably know a friend or loved one who lives with the disease, after all, 81% of Americans have or know someone with arthritis and 85 percent of Americans believe that arthritis needs more public attention. However, the disease is still widely misunderstood by the general public. Committed to supporting the one in four Americans with arthritis**, the Arthritis Foundation commissioned The Harris Poll to conduct an online survey of 2,016 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to gauge Americans’ understanding and perceptions of arthritis. Here are some highlights from the Arthritis Foundation/Harris Poll survey:

  • Less than 1 in 10 Americans (7 percent) know that arthritis is the No. 1 cause of long-term disability in the U.S.
  • Nearly 3 in 5 Americans (59 percent) would be uncomfortable requesting time off work each month to manage an illness. (However, an estimated 172 million work days are lost annually due to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions**.)
  • More than half of Americans (57 percent) don’t know that people with arthritis are at an increased risk for developing other diseases like heart disease. (However, almost half of all adults with heart disease (49.3 percent) or diabetes (47.1 percent) also have arthritis**.)
  • **According to the Arthritis Foundation Arthritis by the Numbers: Book of Trusted Facts and Figures.

Here are a few more facts I bet you didn’t realize about arthritis:

  • More than 54 million Americans have arthritis.
  • However, arthritis isn’t just an “elderly disease.” Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
  • By new estimates, 1 in 3 people age 18-64 have arthritis.
  • By 2040, the number of U.S. adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis will reach 78.4 million.

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, conquering everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride toward a cure.

For 54 million Americans, a better daily quality of life is a dream, a hope, an aspiration. For them, everyday tasks can be difficult and painful. They are too often left feeling isolated and alone –left out of life. What if there was something you could do to help? What if you could help them get a grip on feeling better, a grip on happiness, a grip on living life to its fullest? Help The Arthritis Foundation Get a Grip on Arthritis by joining the #LetsGripArthritis social conversation and learning more about this disease.

The Arthritis Foundation launched its first-ever cause campaign,  to raise awareness about America’s No. 1 cause of disability, arthritis and I’ve teamed up with them in an interesting challenge. I have a touch of arthritis in both of my thumbs and I’m finding accomplishing everyday tasks, like styling my hair and applying makeup to be increasingly difficult so I was definitely up for the challenge. 

The Foundation’s Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritiscause campaign, is calling upon all Americans – with and without arthritis – to learn more about the disease and how they can make a difference. Many people with arthritis are unable to do what they love or even perform everyday tasks – such as chopping vegetables or buttoning their shirts – due to the pain, inflammation and/or joint disfigurement caused by their arthritis.

The Foundation sent me a pair of simulation gloves that gave me a firsthand experience of what it’s like to have arthritis. The gloves are bulky and restrict movement making the smallest of tasks awkward and ultimately exasperating. Wearing the gloves made it tough to move my fingers freely and it was really troublesome to do anything where I had to use my fine motor skills, something people struggling with arthritis face daily.

Trying to use my hot air brush was really tough! Maneuvering the brush was arduous and getting a good grip on it was difficult, but trying to slide the hot brush to the on position with the gloves was impossible!

Ouch!

This restriction in movement, coupled with pain, can make hobbies obsolete and daily tasks, like opening a jar, nearly impossible for people with arthritis. 

Here I’m struggling to apply blush with the bulk and decreased movement I have with the gloves. 

Get tips and tricks about how to alter your beauty routine here so you can continue doing the things you love despite arthritis!  

Join the Arthritis Foundation and me by visiting to learn how you can join the #LetsGripArthritis movement, donate and learn more about arthritis.

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  1. So good to know about this foundation. I know a few people I can share this with. Thanks for this awesome share.

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