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Arthritis: innovative, evidence-based programs get results by Marilynn Larkin, MA

If you’re working in an active adult community, continuing care retirement community (CCRC), health club or other facility geared to older adults, chances are most of your members have arthritis. And the numbers will only increase, according to a 2007 report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of arthritis patients in the United States will rise from about 46 million people today to 67 million in 2030, the CDC predicts. Of those nearly 70 million people, 25 million (37%) will limit usual activities due to arthritis. In Canada, the number of people with arthritis is expected to increase from four million today to more than six million by 2026.2 Similar increases—and limitations in function—will likely be seen in many developed countries around the world.

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