ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, HEARTLAND REGION, NEBRASKA

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About the Arthritis Foundation, Heartland Region, Nebraska
Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

Programs & Services Offered

  • Referrals and toll-free Helpline: 1-844-571-4357 (HELP).
  • State- and federal-level advocacy to help keep medications accessible and affordable.
  • National JA Conference and local Family Days provides tools and information to JA families; scholarships provided.
  • Camp Spirit for children with juvenile arthritis and siblings; scholarships provided.
  • Online support group.
  • Medical research.
  • Better Living Toolkits are a free resource for adults with arthritis that includes a variety of resources and tools to help individuals manage their arthritis in daily life.
  • JA Power Packs are a free resource for families that have a child with arthritis that includes a variety of resources and tools to help individuals manage their arthritis in daily life.

Did You Know

  • Approximately 345,000 Nebraskans are living with arthritis, and 1,800 of them are children.
  • 1 in 5 adults has arthritis, and 1 in 250 children has arthritis. 
  • 23 million people with arthritis are limited in their ability to do daily activities, such as standing, bending, walking and climbing stairs.
  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under age 65.
  • Arthritis is more common in women than men.
  • One in four veterans lives with arthritis.
  • Among adults with arthritis, nearly half (47 percent) have at least one other disease or condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders are among the five most costly conditions among adults.
  • Arthritis and related conditions account for $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses, 44 million outpatient visits, and nearly 1 million hospitalizations.
  • By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people are expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis

You Can Help

  • $10 provides a free Better Living Toolkit to a person with arthritis.  The kit includes a variety of resources and tools to help individuals manage their arthritis in daily life.
  • $23 helps support a JA family
  • $50 provides a free JA Power Pack to a child with juvenile arthritis, which includes a special teddy bear that can be heated or chilled, and a resource book for parents.
  • $500 provides a full scholarship to Camp Spirit for a child with juvenile arthritis.

Dollars at Work

  • 6,000 people received referrals
  • Four families attended the National JA Conference
  • More than 60 people attended Family Days
  • About 30 kids attended Camp Spirit

Contact Info
402-262-0144 | web site | 11414 West Center Rd., #348, Omaha, NE 68144