“I don’t know many people with arthritis.”
“It’s a disease that affects older people.”
“Anyone can live with a little joint pain.”
“Are you sure what you’re experiencing isn’t just in your head?”
From coast to coast, this is what we hear about arthritis every day. Although more Americans are living with arthritis than those with breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and autism combined, most people know very little about this debilitating disease. In fact, only 7% of Americans realize it’s the No. 1 cause of long-term disability in the United States.
To celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month during May, our Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaignis back to debunk myths and reveal truths about the disease. With the help of four Arthritis Warriors and Presenting Partner CVS Health®, we’ll rally everyday Americans and corporate America to bring arthritis out of the shadows to spark lasting change.
The truth is 1 in every 4 people you know is living with arthritis. That means for millions of kids and adults, routine activities like unbuttoning a shirt, opening a jar or getting in and out of the car are a challenge — sometimes physically impossible.
But together, we can change that.
Help Us Get a Grip on Arthritis
Living with arthritis is hard, but helping our community is simple. Here are three easy things you can do this month to help get a grip on arthritis for the 54 million Americans living in pain.
When you shop at CVS Pharmacy®before May 25, they’ll donate $1 to the Arthritis Foundation with the purchase of select products, up to a maximum of $300,000. Products include over-the-counter pain relievers such as Aleve, Advil, Tylenol, Bengay, Aspercreme, Australian Dream, Tiger Balm, Biofreeze, PainBloc24®, ThermaCare heat wraps, Futuro braces and Gaiam products.
Visit arthritis.org/LetsGripArthritisto join us as we redefine the future for everyone living with arthritis.
Be sure to stay tuned to our blog and your email throughout May for powerful stories and surprising truths about what it’s really like to live with arthritis and why it’s time to stop talking about it and start getting a grip on this disease.
Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.