Living Well with Arthritis and Related Conditions course

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Reduce your pain and reclaim your life from arthritis by signing up for our 6-week Living Well with Arthritis and Related Conditions course. Developed by Stanford University, this award-winning course covers every area of conditions self-management.

You will be equipped with a variety of tools and techniques to help you better manage your condition. In the past 9 years, more than 5,000 people have successfully completed this course.

  1. Is there a course in my area?
  2. What does it cost?
  3. 10 BIG reasons to sign up today
  4. What will I learn on the course?
  5. What do past participants say? 

1. Is there a course in my area?

In spring 2017 we will run courses in the following locations, spring 2017 schedule will be published shortly. In meantime you can email us about your interest to - you will be notified when the schedule ready. 

Location Venue Start Time Booking
Cork City        
Mayo (TBC)        
Registration Open:        
Dublin-Ballyfermot Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre Mon 6th Feb  7pm-9.30pm Book 
Galway Connacht Hotel Galway City Wed 15th Feb 7pm-9.30pm  Book 


 2. What does it cost?

There is a small fee to participate in the workshop which covers a small portion of the cost of providing the programme and provides you with Living a Healthy Life with Cronic Conditions book, an excellent resource written by arthritis specialists Dr. James Fries and Prof. Kate Lorig.

Course fee: full price - €32, discounted price (for medical card holders) - €24

3. 10 BIG reasons to sign up today

  1. Reduce your pain
  2. Reduce your fatigue
  3. Reduce the number of times you need to see your doctor and healthcare team.
  4. Understand your arthritis, medication and other treatments
  5. Improve your relationship with your doctor and healthcare team
  6. Start or improve your exercise regime
  7. Improve your mental health
  8. Improve your diet
  9. Improve your problem solving
  10. Learn to set realistic goals and plan to achieve them 

4. What will I learn on the course?

The Living Well with Arthritis and Related Conditions course is taught over a six-week period in weekly two-hour sessions. Each group usually has 18 people and is led by two trained leaders. Most of the leaders have conditions themselves or are health care professionals. They are all interested in helping people with arthritis and related conditions, and have successfully completed a Leader Training Workshop. 

Session One

  • Problems Caused by Arthritis and similar conditions including Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Lupus, Raynauds disease and Scleroderma.
  • Course Overview and Guidelines
  • Introduction to Self-Management
  • Using Your Mind to Manage Pain and Other Symptoms
  • Introduction to Action Plans

Session Two

  • Feedback / Problem-Solving
  • Dealing with Difficult Emotions
  • Exercise and Physical Activity for Fun and Fitness
  • Flexibility Exercise
  • Preventing and Slowing Osteoporosis
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Three

  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Endurance Exercise
  • Strengthening Exercise
  • What Makes it Hard to Exercise?
  • Preventing Falls 
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Four

  • Dealing with Problems Caused by Arthritis or Related Conditions 
  • Medication Usage
  • Health Eating
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Five

  • Dealing with Depression
  • Positive Thinking
  • Modifying Activities to Reduce Pain and Fatigue 
  • Relaxation Through Guided Imagery
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 6

  • Working with Your Health Care Professional and Health Care System
  • Making Informed Treatment Decisions
  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
  • Arthritis Ireland
  • Looking Back and Planning for the Future 

5. What do past participants say?

Anne-Marie Gannon: “I had just had a new baby when I was diagnosed with arthritis. I was in an awful lot of pain and it got to the stage where I couldn’t even pick my new son up. The Living Well with Arthritis course was a real turning point in my life. It taught me that I was in control of my disease, not the other way around.”



Quentin Carrick:

“Going into the Living Well with Arthritis course I hadn’t had one positive thought for three years. The course changed all that. Instead of focussing on not being able to run five miles, I started concentrating on being able to do a five-minute walk. I now make a weekly action plan and completing it gives me a great feeling of achievement. I also switched to an automatic car which makes driving easier. Previously I would have seen this as giving in. Now I see it as something that can help me function normally.”



Erica Mitchell: “Initially I was worried that everyone on the Living Well with Arthritis course would be way older than me but it wasn’t like that at all. We had a whole spectrum of ages, from 27 up. It was great to be able to speak to others who knew exactly what it was like to be a young person with arthritis.” 



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