Living Well with Arthritis 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 course. Developed by Stanford University, this award-winning course covers every area of arthritis self-management.

You will be equipped with a variety of tools and techniques to help you better manage your condition. In the past 8 years, more than 4,000 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 2016 we are running courses in the following locations.At this stage most of courses are completed. The next round of courses will start in September. The schedule will be published in the middle of July.
Meanwhile to register your interest please email your name and area you are interested in to

Dublin-Harolds Cross Education Centre OLH Mon 4th Apr 5pm-7.30pm Completed
Dublin-Castleknock Our Lady' Parish Centre, Castleknock Wed 10th Feb  6.30pm-9pm Completed
Dublin-Raheny Grange Woodbine Club Tue 8th Mar  7pm-9.30pm Completed
Dublin-Deansgrange Deansgrange Parish Centre Thu 7th Apr 2pm-4.30pm Completed
Newbridge, Co. Kildare Keadeen Hotel Thu 7th Apr 7pm-9.30pm Completed
Kilkenny City St. Patrick's Parish Centre, Loughboy Wed 27th Apr 7pm-9.30pm Completed
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Aras an Mhuilinn Wed 30th Mar 7pm-9.30pm Completed
Cork City Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire Wed 17th Feb 7pm-9.30pm Completed
Waterford City Edmund Rice Heritage Centre Wed 20th Apr,  7pm-9.30pm Completed
Trim, Co. Meath Trim Castle Hotel Mon 9th May 6.30pm-9pm Started
Galway City Connacht Hotel Tue 13th Mar  7pm-9.30pm Completed
Sligo Town Sligo Park Hotel Tue 16th Feb  7pm-9.30pm Completed
Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim Landmark Hotel Tue 12th Apr 7pm-9.30pm Completed
Monaghan Town St. Joseph's Pastoral Centre Sat 23rd Ap,  2pm-4.30pm Completed



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

Session One

  • Problems Caused by Arthritis/Fibromyalgia
  • Course Overview and Guidelines
  • Introduction to Arthritis and Fibromyalgia 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 Fibromyalgia
  • 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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