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Our in person peer led support groups are not the typical arthritis “Support Group”. When one thinks of support groups, one might picture people sitting in a circle, in a basement, crying into Styrofoam cups of bad coffee and listening to people complain about how much arthritis sucks (to be blunt). The good news is that this is not us!
Our Arthritis Support Networks (ASN) strive to foster an environment of understanding, encouragement, and empowerment that supports and includes adults with all types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. We gather for fun social and educational activities in our communities and learn together how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive.
If you are living with Arthritis and its related rheumatic condition like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Osteoarthritis and/or are newly diagnosed with arthritis, a seasoned vet or somewhere in between, you are invited to join us! Adults of any age are welcome to participate in our support groups. And yes, adult loved ones, friends and caregivers are more than welcome!
Support Groups are led by Arthritis Support Network Leaders (ASN Leaders), who are trained community volunteers living with at least one of the over 100 different kinds of arthritis themselves. They share a common goal of bringing people together for activities focused on mutual support and positive coping strategies for living well via in person meetings in cities across the United States.
Local Arthritis Support Networks (ASN) feature a combination of educational and social activities that are inclusive to people living with all types of arthritis. Education could include health and wellness speakers, arthritis-related classes, informal round table discussions about topics that are of interest to the group participants, sharing of life hacks and/or learning coping skills and strategies. Social events are a unique and popular feature whether it's going to a show or enjoying a meal out with your local group.
Local Arthritis Support Networks provide a supportive social connection. Groups are guided by trained volunteer leaders and are tailored to each group’s needs. Group participants become self-advocates and develop self-management skills.
If your community is not listed yet, please register as a new user and create an account on this website. We will let you know when we launch a group close to you.
We are always looking for positive and enthusiastic volunteers to lead our groups. If you would like to start or co-lead an Arthritis Support Network in your area, please complete the Arthritis Support Network Leader Application Form to start the process.
Don't just survive with arthritis -THRIVE!