What We Do
The Arthritis Association of Louisiana provides a large number of services, statewide, to make life with arthritis easier and less painful. These services include: education brochures, wellness seminars, self help classes, art therapy, water and land based exercise classes, and support groups.
Arthritis Doesn't Discriminate
It is estimated that 46 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis. One out of five (21%) adults in the US has arthritis. Arthritis affects the very young, the elderly and all ethnic groups.
In Louisiana, 1.7 million people have arthritis- 1 out of 3!
By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans aged 18 and older are projected to have arthritis. Nationally, two-thirds of the people that have doctor diagnosed arthritis are under age 65.
In Louisiana, 49% are younger than 55 years of age! 9,000 are under age 18.
Arthritis and rheumatic conditions cost the US economy $128 billion annually.
In Louisiana, 67% of the arthritis patients are not currently under a physician’s care.
In Louisiana, the percentage of people with arthritis w ho remain the workforce is lower than those who do not have arthritis. Statewide, people with arthritis are six times more likely to be unable to work than others in the population.
Nationwide arthritis annually results in:
Who We Are
Our organization has been around for 63 years serving arthritis patients and their caregivers across Louisiana. Originally chartered in 1950 as the Louisiana Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, we continued to grow and develop new programs and services. As knowledge about the importance of certain arthritis treatment protocols grew, we developed a series of programs to educated patients about the importance of exercise, nutrition, medicines and other treatment protocols.
In 2003 our organization separated from the Arthritis Foundation in order to further expand programs and services that were not part of the AF’s agenda and in January 2014 we became the Arthritis Association of Louisiana.
Our organization continued to grow and we developed the FAST Program (Fight Arthritis with Strength Training) an exercise program for those with arthritis and joint health issues who need to maintain muscle and joint strength, flexibility and balance. The FAST program is taught in senior centers as well as fitness clubs across the state. Because research shows exercising in water lessens the stress on joints, the AAOLA developed a water based exercise program. Our aquatic programs are taught in multiple locations as well. Other services the AAOLA provides are: arthritis information on more than 100 forms of arthritis; physician referral, educational programs about Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Gout, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Scleroderma and Juvenile Arthritis. Each summer we host CAMP J.A.M. –a summer retreat program for children with Juvenile Arthritis and their families.
Due to the changing health care climate in our country we are creating programs about health care, health insurance, prescription drug costs and other quality of life issues. Our goal is to see that every arthritis patient has the knowledge to achieve better access to care and enhance their overall quality of life.