A six-week course on some of the ways in which arthritis sufferers can reduce their pain and reclaim their lives is starting in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, on Thursday February 15.
More than 26,000 people in Mayo are living with arthritis, according to the Mayo branch of Arthritis Ireland.
Living Well with Arthritis is an award-winning course developed by Stanford University.
In the past eight years, more than 4,000 people have successfully completed the course.
The course aims to help participants to reduce pain, fatigue, and the number of times arthritis sufferers need to see their doctor or healthcare team.
It also helps course participants to better understand arthritis, medication, and other treatments and improve their relationship with their doctor and healthcare team.
The course addresses other areas such as exercise, diet, mental health, problem solving, and setting realistic goals and planning to achieve those goals.
The fee for the course is €30, or €22 for medical card holders, when booked online. Telephone booking costs €36, or €26 for medical card holders.
Each participant will receive a copy of The Arthritis Helpbook, a resource written by arthritis specialists Dr James Fries and Professor Kate Lorig.
The course starts in the McWilliam Hotel, Claremorris, on Thursday February 15, and runs from 7pm to 9.30pm for six consecutive weeks.
To register, email [email protected] with your name, address and phone number or call (01 ) 6470206.