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

You will be equipped with a variety of tools and techniques to help you better manage your condition. Some 6,000 people have successfully completed this course since it was introduced in 2006.. 

  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 autumn 2018 we run courses in the following locations:

Location Venue Start date, time Booking
Donnycarney, North Dublin Donnycarney Youth & Community Centre Wed 26th Sep, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Shankill, South Dublin St. Anne' Pastoral Centre , Shankill Thu 27th Sep , 10.30am-1pm Started
Coolmine, West Dublin Mountview Family Resource Centre  Tue 25th Sep, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Drogheda Ballsgrove Centre Wed 3th Oct, 5pm-7.30pm  Started
Athy Co. Kildare  Clanard Court Hotel Thu 18t Oct, 10am-1pm  Book 
Carrick-on-Shannon The Hive centre Tue 16th Oct, 7pm-9.30pm Booked Out!
Tullamore St. Mary's Youth Community Centre Wed 10th Oct, 6.30pm-9pm Started
Wexford Town Riverbank Hotel Tue 11th Sep, 7pm-9.30pm Started
Bandon, Co. Cork Munster Arms Hotel Tue 2nd Oct, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Limerick City Irish Wheelchair Association Centre Thu 27th Sep, 11am-1.30pm Started
Tralee Education Centre Tralee Tue 25th Sep, 7pm-9.30pm Started
Longford Town  Longford Arms  Tue 11th Sep, 2.30pm-5pm  Started
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Dungarvan Enterprise Centre Thu 20th Sep, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Ballina, Co. Mayo Newmans' Institute  Tue 2nd Oct, 6.30pm-9pm Started
Cavan Town Johnston Cavan Library Wed 26th Sep, 2.15pm-4.45pm Started

* The course in Cavan is Living Well with Chronic Conditions - self-management programme for people with any chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, MS, Parkinson's etc. This course will be delivered in partnership with HSE and Johnston Cavan Library.

 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 (plus booking fee)

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 2.5 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 

  • Introduction to the Workshop
  • Group Introductions
  • The Mind-Body Connection/Distraction
  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
  • Introduction to Action Plans

Session Two

  • Feedback/Problem-Solving
  • Dealing with Difficult Emotions
  • Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Preventing Falls and Improving Balance
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Three

  • Feedback
  • Making Decisions
  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Endurance Exercise
  • Relaxation: Body Scan
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Four

  • Feedback
  • Better Breathing
  • Healthy Eating
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem solving
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Five 

  • Feedback 
  • Making Healthy Food Choices
  • Medication Usage
  • Making Informed Treatment Decisions
  • Positive Thinking
  • Making an Action Plan

Session Six 

  • Feedback
  • Working with Your Health Care Professional and Health Care System
  • Weight Management
  • 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.” 

Arthritis Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.


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