Organized in 1948 as the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, the organization's name was changed in 1964 to the Arthritis Foundation. The following year, the American Rheumatism Association (ARA) merged with the Foundation. In 1965, an additional professional society, Allied Health Professions, was established within the Foundation; its name was changed to the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) in 1980. The American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO) was established in 1981 as a membership group within the Foundation; in 1991, AJAO became a council of the Foundation. In 1986, the ARA became a separate, independent organization and now is known as the American College of Rheumatol EVENTS
Events and programs run by the Arthritis Foundation help educate the public about the realities of arthritis, raise funds and awareness, and encourage people with arthritis to manage their joint pain and improve overall health. Activities include nationwide Arthritis Walks events throughout the year and Jingle Bell Runs/Walk events in the fall. In addition, the Arthritis Foundation hosts dinners, galas and specialty parties, from traditional black-tie galas and tribute dinners to wine tastings and themed parties that benefit the Foundation's efforts.The Arthritis Foundation's Programs for Better Living empowers people with arthritis through aquatic, exercise, walking and tai chi classes that are proven to increase mobility and reduce pain, stiffness and physician visits.ogy (ACR). In 1994, the AHPA became a division of the ACR and change ADVOCACY
Every year, the Arthritis Foundation holds its annual Advocacy Summit, in which hundreds of arthritis advocates converge on Washington, D.C., to join in Capitol Hill meetings with lawmakers. Participants tell their stories and let Congress know that the disabling pain and cost of arthritis are unacceptable. They also urge elected officials to become a member of the Congressional...
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