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This week’s Caregiver’s Corner featured writing comes from and covers bone and joint help:

When a loved one is fighting bone or joint problems, information about the condition will help you and your loved one know what to expect, which can help relieve some anxiety. The good news is that there are places to turn for more information.

Here are some options:

• Arthritis Foundation (800) 283—7800. Read information on the various types of arthritis, find out what you can do to reduce flare-ups and learn about prevention. You can also find local programs and services (e.g., arthritis-friendly exercise classes) located near you. This site is also available in Spanish.

• National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Conditions (877) 22-NIAMS (877) 226-4267. This organization is the federal government’s clearinghouse for information about arthritis and arthritis research.

• National Osteoporosis Foundation (800) 231—4222. The foundation offers advice on ways to prevent or reduce the progress of osteoporosis. It includes information about how to decrease the chance of getting hurt from a fall. You can also find a support group in your area, or you can find a physician who specializes in the treatment of osteoporosis.

If you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, please consider joining us for this upcoming presentation:

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Reality, Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Hastings United Methodist Church from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This presentation will not focus on the disease itself, but on understanding the parts of the brain impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and how that is often reflected in the behavior of those who have the disease.  Bring your stories, and we’ll try to decode the behavior and hopefully make life easier for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia and for those who care for them.