Free online courses to support people with arthritis

Arthritis Ireland will run ten free online self-management courses from February to support people with arthritis during Covid-19.

The Living Well with Arthritis course gives people with arthritis the tools and techniques to help them better manage their condition. This includes managing pain and fatigue and developing a healthy lifestyle.

The award-winning course, which is usually delivered in person in a community setting, will be delivered online via Zoom. The first class starts on Monday, February 7.

Gráinne O’Leary, Chief Executive of Arthritis Ireland, said: “Covid-19 has highlighted that self-management skills and knowledge are more important than ever. The Living Well with Arthritis course gives people the tools to better manage their arthritis and live a happier, healthier life, which is so vital in these trying times.

She added that, “People are really enjoying the online delivery of the Living Well course. It’s a way to connect with other people who understand what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Being online has removed the barrier of distance and you can take the course from anywhere in the country. People of all ages are getting more and more familiar with technology, and we’re working hard to make sure it works well for everyone.

According to course facilitator, Rachel Dungan, “You can now participate in the course from the comfort and safety of your home. Like the in-person workshop, the online course involves a lot of group work and interaction among participants. It is a very enriching experience.

“Since there is no cure, learning to live well with arthritis is crucial to ensuring you have a good quality of life,” Ms Dungan said.

During the course, participants learn about pain and fatigue management; a healthy lifestyle and the importance of healthy eating; dealing with negative emotions; and exercise techniques for weak and damaged joints.

Developed by Stanford University, over 700 people completed an Arthritis Ireland online self-management course in 2021.

To register for one of 10 free self-management courses, visit www.arthritisireland.ie.