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Video Series Educates Arthritis Caregivers

Arthritis caregivers can get help from a new video series.

The Home Instead Senior Care® network, working with the Arthritis Foundation, has produced the video series to help those who care for seniors link to videos to learn more about arthritis. The video series is part of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Family Caregiver EducationSM program, which highlights topics of importance to caregivers of older adults.

Fifty million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis–a condition that refers to more than 100 different diseases that cause pain, swelling and limited movement in joints or other parts of the musculoskeletal system, according to the Arthritis Foundation. By 2030 that number is estimated to grow to 67 million.

“Family caregivers often are at a loss to know how to help relieve the discomfort of those who suffer from arthritis,” said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. “That’s why we are delighted to work with the Arthritis Foundation to bring renewed awareness of this difficult condition that impacts so many seniors.”

Of those currently diagnosed with arthritis, more than 21 million have arthritis-related activity limitations. As a result, arthritis costs the U.S. economy $128 billion in lost wages and productivity annually, the Arthritis Foundation reports.

The key to successful treatment is early diagnosis and initiation of an appropriate treatment plan, said Tom Fite, Arthritis Foundation CEO, Heartland Region. “Education is the first step, which is why we are pleased this joint program has the potential to reach so many family caregivers with valuable information and resources.”

The videos are available at


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