Whether you’re a spouse, a co-worker, a caregiver, a parent or a friend, trying to understand arthritis is difficult when you don’t have it. Our advice?

Educate yourself – read all the information you can about arthritis.

Ask questions – having arthritis doesn’t mean a person can’t explain how they feel.

Listen, if you’re gonna ask, you’ve gotta listen too. Be patient and and really try to understand where the other person is coming from.

Be flexible,  be ready for plans and appointments to change in an instant. There?s no way of telling a bad day from a good one until it?s here.

Here are some links to help you on your quest for knowledge.

Family and Arthritis

Illness & Disease Clearinghouse: Arthritis ? Families

Pediatriac Rheumatology: Info for Patients & Families

Arthritis  Why it Hurts (Patient & Family Form)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patient/Family Resources

Web of Care: Arthritis

AARP Webplace: Caregiving

In Sickness and In Health from

Caring for Disabled Spouse  Risky: from MedicineNet

Info for Patients & Families:

Family Issues: A New Section from Arthritis Canada

Communicating Your Needs from Arthritis Canada

Treatment of Arthritis in Children

Rheumatoid Arthritis from The Black Health Net