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The topic for World Arthritis Day (WAD) in 2013 - 2014 is healthy ageing for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). It covers the physical and mental changes that occur as part of the ageing process from birth throughout our lifespan, as well as the other factors that affect our ability to enjoy an optimal quality of life, including access to buildings, transport, technologies, medicines and treatments; societal attitutes; the lifestyle choices we make, and more. See WAD activities and Healthy Living features.
Enter our 'Vision 2043' competition and help change the future for people with RMDs!
'Vision 2043' is a major international competition which runs from 12 October 2013 to 25 April 2014.
You are invited to submit creative ideas, innovations or grand plans that can help transform the lives of people with RMDs and make the world more inclusive now and into the future. You can submit your ideas via a range of mediums. There are prizes to be won, so check out what's involved and get creative.
"We hope that through this competition we will not only raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by people with RMDs, but also provide some exciting solutions that can shape a better future for all."
"This is such an inspiring competition. We are hoping to attract a wide range of entrants from people with RMDs to architects, designers, healthcare professionals, researchers, environmental planners and social visionaries to send us their ideas and help people with RMDs to lead fulfilled lives as active members of society,”
If you are holding an event or campaign in support of people with RMDs around World Arthritis Day, or at any time of the year, please post it on our Events and campaigns pages. Please let us have the results, including pictures to share your success with other campaigners.
Browse through the 'Tools for You' pages to find the wealth of fantastic information and resources for individuals with RMDs to download in English. For organisations wanting to produce materials we have artwork and design templates.
Let us know how you get on and contact us, or if you are planning an event, post it!
Discover seven ways to help people with RMDs to be more physically active. Each activity includes information to help you get started, key considerations for people with RMDs, details of any equipment you might need, our top five tips and answers to frequently asked questions.
Please also see our ‘Guide to Physical Activity and Exercise’, available for download in English. Artwork and design templates for the guide and activity factsheets are available for organisations to translate and can be found in the Tools for You section.
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