Seniors Helping Seniors Lead a Healthy Life

The Arthritis Society of PEI is kicking off a new and exciting project, aimed at seniors helping seniors, through educational activities.

The Arthritis Society is dedicated to a vision of Living well while creating a future without arthritis. We are Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to 4.6 million Canadians with Arthritis and their loved ones. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of Arthritis research in Canada by investing more than $175 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with Arthritis. We ensure that Canadians, including over 22,000 Islanders, affected by Arthritis have access to relevant, consistent and high quality education, information and services.

Our goal for this project is to reach out and identify, recruit and train seniors who can facilitate programs and deliver presentations in their communities. Our programs are: Arthritis Self Management Program and Chronic Pain Management Workshop. Our presentations include: Exercising Control Over Arthritis, Introduction to Arthritis, Understanding Arthritis, Gardening with Arthritis, and Tips and Tricks.

We also want to reach out to the thousands of seniors with Arthritis, and people caring for someone with Arthritis, to offer these educational programs and presentations.

With the guidance of a “Volunteer Advisory Committee”, a dedicated group of community members with an interest in Arthritis and their community, we can touch so many lives.

We are asking for your help in building this Volunteer Advisory Committee through your contacts and networks. The role of the Volunteer Advisory Committee is to support, advise and provide leadership in achieving our goal.

The committee will:

• help recruit senior volunteers
• identify target audiences
• lead us to locations / venues in which to offer the programs
• advise us on how to deliver our programs to 1400 people
• brainstorm ways to reach rural areas
• connect with health-care professionals
• decide which programs to offer in which communities
• guide us in the evaluation and revision of the action plan

At this time we are recruiting three energetic, dedicated and interested volunteers to discuss this exciting position, who are either seniors themselves, or work with seniors. This is a six month project, ending in December, and would require attendance at approximately three or four meetings in Charlottetown.

To join the Volunteer Advisory Committee, or for more information, please contact Anita Rouette at 902-628-2288, or by email at

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