The New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation has taken a leadership role in women's healthcare and in ensuring optimal care for people living with arthritis- the majority of whom are women.
Although arthritis can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender or age, the statistics are clear- over 60 percent of the nearly 50 million people who have arthritis are female. Women with arthritis, compared to men, account for a greater percentage of visits to physician's offices, hospitalizations, and disability claims. Of the common forms of arthritis, statistics reveal that:
Finding ways to cope with arthritis is particularly important for women, who are often juggling work, family, caretaking and a variety of social responsibilities. With all of these challenges, it is important for women with arthritis to be sure to take the time to care for themselves and stay positive.
The New York Chapter is aware of these very real issues and offers a variety of educational programs, patient services, and financial assistance programs that help improve the outlook and lives of women with arthritis.
Women represent over 80% of participants in our disease management programs, callers to the Chapter's Arthritis Exchange helpline, attendees at our symposia, and recipients of financial assistance through our Direct Patient Assistance Program.
The need for additional funding to increase our outreach to women is great and growing. We need to stay ahead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's projection that doctor-diagnosed arthritis incidence will increase from the current 50 million to nearly 67 million by the year 2030.
The Arthritis Foundation leads the way in helping people with arthritis live better today and create better tomorrows through new treatments, better access to healthcare and, ultimately, cures. We do this by: