The Art of Living With Arthritis

Posted on May 08, 2015

Osteoarthritis is something that the greater majority of people should expect to face at some point in their life. The notion around the disease is that only elderly people can get it. This is a highly misconstrued myth. About 60 percent of the people living with osteoarthritis are actually under the age of 65. 52 million adults have to suffer with this disease every year. The more we spend our youth tinkering on small gadgets with tiny screens as well as other daunting tasks, the disease is almost sure to hit us. Doctors see a lot of cases where people develop the disease and have a loss of interest in activities that they used to love doing.

These people end up suffering through mild stages of depression and it can ultimately lead them to living a lethargic and inactive life. Jane Brody, a Health and Aging author for the New York Times, talks about how this is the exact opposite of what people should do. After many years with a love for tennis, osteoarthritis took away her inability to play. Instead of just sitting around her house withering away, Brody decided to find other activities to keep her moving. Water aerobics, gardening, and dog walking were all activities that she could pick up in lieu of tennis. Once she found a good routine, she didn’t even miss playing tennis. Mikal Watts said that the one lesson Brody wants people to remember is: osteoarthritis can take away a slight ability to move a certain joint, but it doesn’t have to take away your love for an active life.