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Health, Safety & Welfare

Janet Lynn,  jlynn@hotmail.com

May, 2017

We have a sandwich seminar on the third Tuesday of each month. On May 16 we will feature Laura Etheridge, Stroke Coordinator at Bayfront Health as well as the Wellness Rehabilitation and Speech team. They will talk about Strokes: Warning Signs and Life After. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Learn what to expect if you should experience one. There will be time for questions. Please call PGICA office to register for this free event at 941-637-1655 so you can hear some important information and enjoy lunch with your friends.

May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month - May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a disease that impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand. Pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints - these are common symptoms of arthritis. While there are many types of arthritis, the most common are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA).

The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side. Below, you’ll find some telling statistics about the current impact of arthritis on the U.S. population, resources to help you learn more about arthritis, and additional information on how you can help and get involved.

Arthritis by the Numbers:

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." -- Anthony J. D'Angelo