The Arthritis Foundation hosts Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Family Education Programs throughout the year to help kids and their families live better with JA. These programs are informative and supportive events that deal with various aspects of living with JA, including an overview of the disease, medications, pain management techniques, exercise and more! Doctors and other health care professionals are often in attendance.
While some events are educational and learning experiences, there are others that are social, interactive and fun in a safe environment where JA families can relax, network and spend time with each other. In 2014, the Arthritis Foundation hosted nearly 800 families at JA Family Education Programs across the country.
These programs are a great experience for the child with JA, their parents or caregivers and siblings. The greatest benefit of these programs is getting to meet others who are dealing with similar issues, who share some of the same feelings, experiences and concerns. It’s a place to exchange ideas, give and receive encouragement, make new friends and know you’re not alone.
To learn about the upcoming JA Family Education Programs in your area please reach out to your local contact person or call 800-283-7800 for information about the Arthritis Foundation office closest to you.