Author Archives: Julie Belkin

Household Tools that Make Living with Arthritis Easier- Part 2

Gripping Gloves for help with arthritis

There are many products available to make living with arthritis easier. Therapists call them adaptive devices, or ADL’s, which stands for Aids to Daily Living. Some of these products you may have heard of, others you may not have. …

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Household Tools that Make Living with Arthritis Easier- Part 1

tools that help make living with arthrits easier

There are some great products available that really make a difference when your hands are weak or in pain. Many people wonder if adaptive devices  can really make a difference and if so which ones will help the most. …

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Is There A Cure For Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Future?

cure for rheumatoid arthritis

As a practicing Occupational Therapist, I saw up close the havoc that arthritis can cause in daily life. My specialty was helping people with injuries and illnesses that affected their hands.  My special interest was Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  My …

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Swimming and Arthritis

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Swimming and Arthritis

Arthritis sufferers know that regular exercise is essential for their joints – and for their overall good health and well-being.  It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps with fatigue. When stiff and painful joints are acting up though, the mere …

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WD-40 Can Help People With Arthritis

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Everybody knows WD-40 is the product for silencing squeaks, displacing moisture, preventing rust, and loosening stuck parts. You probably have a can sitting in your garage right now. What you probably didn’t realize though is that WD-40 can help people with arthritis, too.

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Arthritis Making Reading Difficult? Maybe An E-reader Is For You

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My grandmother was a voracious reader. I don’t remember her without a dog eared paperback in her hand, be it a juicy Harlequin Romance or a murder mystery.  She passed the “Bookworm Gene” down to my mother and my mother passed it on to me.  My grandmother stopped reading about  15 years ago when her vision began deteriorating and she could no longer comfortably hold a book due to arthritis in her hands.  I remember how saddened I was that she no longer had the pleasure of escaping into a good book.

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