Gifts for People with Arthritis

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): About 22% of U.S. adults, or 50 million people aged 18 years or older in the civilian, non-institutionalized population, have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Older adults (50% for persons aged >65 years, 29.8% for persons aged 45–64 years, and 7.6% for persons aged 18–44 years) [1]

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints. The main symptoms are inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness which often gets worse with age. It often affects hands, knees, or shoulders though different types of arthritis can affect different joints in the body. Arthritis can be caused by age, family history, previous joint injury or trauma, or an infection. Often the cause for getting arthritis is for no known reason.

Types of Arthritis


The most common type of arthritis that affects an estimated 27 million Americans. Symptoms include pain and stiffness which sometimes can make it difficult to walk, climb stairs, or sleep. Typically affects hands, lower back, hips, neck, and knees. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones starts to wear down. It may gradually get worse and there is no cure. Risk factors from are at

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Three times more common in women than men rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. An estimated 1.3 million people in the United States have it and it typically starts between the age of 40-60. Unlike osteoarthritis this disease affects the lining of joints causing painful swelling, stiffness, and over time may deform joints or cause disability. There is no cure.

Juvenile Arthritis

This type of arthritis can develop in children 16 years old or younger. There is no known cause or cure. According to the "Among children 0 to 17 years of age, an estimated 294,000 have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions."

Gift Ideas for People with Arthritis

  • lotion with pump (not screw off)
  • clothes, ideally zipper or Velcro not button
  • jewelry (no hooks, magnetic or stretch best) no rings
  • a grabber
  • slip on shoes or slippers
  • walking stick
  • bath salts
  • paraffin hand soother
  • video game (like Wii)

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