Arthritis Foundation Alaska Office
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The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
The Arthritis Foundation's vision is to create a world free of arthritis pain.
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The Arthritis Foundation Alaska Office opened its doors in Anchorage in 2009. We serve all those with arthritis or who suspect they have arthritis. Our services include:
*Educational Resources – You can stop by our office and pick up some free brochures on arthritis and related diseases. For additional information or to get answers to your questions, an Arthritis Answers Helpline, staffed by trained and well qualified volunteers is available at 1-800-542-0295. Also, Alaskans can access the award winning Arthritis Foundation website www.arthritis.org .
*Public Education Programs – Held annually in Fairbanks and Anchorage, these programs offer an assortment of topics (treatment of RA, research advancements, joint replacement surgeries, alternative therapies) free of charge to attendees. We have also held programs in Juneau, Sitka, and other communities in SE Alaska.
*Programs for Better Living –These are community-based exercise programs to help people better manage their arthritis. Our current programs take place in eight communities and include Aquatics, Exercise, Tai Chi and Walk with Ease.
*JA Programs – There are an estimated 1,000 children in Alaska with doctor-diagnosed juvenile arthritis (JA). We host several educational and social activities that are targeted to help these kids and their families. They include JA Family Days held 3 to 4 times a year in Anchorage; supporting ANMC with Camp ARCTIC, a 3-day overnight camp in Alaska for children with JA and a parent; and hosting KAT FISH Family Camp in WA which is open to families from Alaska. A web resource dedicated to JA is www.kidsgetarthritistoo.org.
*Advocacy – The Arthritis Foundation hosts an annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC and provides funding to ensure there is representation from Alaska in attendance to meet with Members of Congress. The past few years, families from Anchorage and North Pole have attended.
*Volunteerism –We have many opportunities for volunteers. Students looking for community service hours, retirees looking to fill their day and/or civic or workplace groups looking to give back to their community are all welcomed as volunteers.
Anchorage Jingle Bell Run/Walk and North Pole’s Jingle in July are fundraising events to support the mission activities of the Arthritis Foundation’s Alaska Office. They have become annual traditions in their communities and serve as good awareness events to the general public on the impact arthritis has on people.