Arthritis Introspective (AI) has a long legacy of bringing people with arthritis together and fostering meaningful connections within communities. With the merger of Arthritis Introspective into the Arthritis Foundation, the Live Yes! Connect groups provides personalized help & support to adults with all types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases in all stages of adulthood. The people who participate in our programs range from individuals who are newly diagnosed to individuals who have been living with arthritis for decades. Many have often heard "you’re too young to have arthritis" or "you don’t look sick" and parents or guardians of children living with rheumatic conditions. All face the unique challenges of balancing the demands of school, career, relationships, family and/or retirement while dealing with the reality of living with a chronic disease(s). This balancing act can be very difficult and very lonely without the support and understanding of others that have been there and really get it.
Arthritis Foundation Purpose Statement: The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections.
The Live Yes! Arthritis Network provides personalized help and support to people living with all types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Our programs offer opportunities for connection, education, and empowerment via Live Yes! Connect groups, an Online Community and conferences.
We address the emotional, social, and practical challenges of living with arthritis and its related rheumatic diseases. We create opportunities for:
- Connection - Building relationships and creating a community of support for people living with arthritis and their adult loved ones.
- Education - Learning life hacks, coping skills and self-management strategies with an emphasis on evidence-based wellness education.
- Empowerment - Gaining the knowledge, confidence, and resilience to be an empowered patient and not just survive with arthritis but thrive!
To empower people to live their best life!
Live Yes! Arthritis Network
Local Outreach - A local Live Yes! Connect groups provide a supportive social connection within a geographic area. These support groups share a common goal of bringing people together for activities focused on mutual support and positive coping strategies for living well. Trained volunteer facilitators tailor content to each group’s needs. They provide frequent educational and social activities and serve as a resource both for people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates and develop self-management skills. Our nationwide network of peer-led, local groups strengthens one's ability to be a Champion of Yes!
Annual Conference - Each year National Conference attendees meet for a multi-day education event geared toward learning, bonding, and developing important skills in self-management and mutual support. The Conference is an educational and fun weekend for adults living with arthritis and rheumatic conditions. The conference is filled with both professional and volunteer-led sessions that touch on a variety of topics – from emotional challenges to sessions just for your loved ones. Since our first conference in 2007, hundreds of people have taken part in this special weekend.
Online Connection - Live Yes! Online Community offers 24/7 support and inspiration. Members can share stories and learn from the experiences of others with arthritis. We have created a caring community for thousands of adults facing the challenges of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. Both people living with arthritis and their loved ones are welcome at our groups and events. For many, our groups and conferences have proven to be a life-changing gift.
If you’re over 18 and you feel you can benefit from our programs, we welcome you to join our family!