Health Matters Returns

The informative and lively Health Matters information series will be starting its fall season at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 18 at the CLSC Cowansville, 397 rue de la Rivière, with a free session titled Arthritis + Fibromyalgia – What is the Link?

For those who have not attended before, this is a collaborative activity between Avante Women’s Center, Townshippers’ Association, CSSS La Pommeraie and the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN). The CHSSN, through its Community Health Education Program (CHEP) produces live video-conferences on health-related topics originating from McGill University. The conferences are recorded allowing the information to be shared by partners in their communities.

We screen the DVD’s and the CSSS La Pommeraie, which provides the location, also provides us with professionals who speak about local services. Depending on the topic, we may even use experts from the local community.

In the upcoming DVD Myra Siminovitch, B.Sc., MBA, physiotherapist, will describe;

  • Common types of arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Common fibromyalgia misconceptions
  • Achy-ness: Is there a connection between fibromyalgia and arthritis?
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Treatment options and resources

Following the presentation, a local pharmacist will discuss medication options and a free light lunch will be provided.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues…. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age” (Mayo Clinic staff, 2010). Both arthritis and fibromyalgia can seriously affect the quality of one’s life. This health education session, aimed at all interested persons and those affected by arthritis and/or fibromyalgia provides the opportunity learn about managing these chronic conditions.

Myra Siminovitch, a frequent presenter to community groups, has been involved in research concerning treatment outcomes for people with fibromyalgia. She has a great deal of experience developing programs for this clientele and has treated significant numbers of individuals with fibromyalgia and arthritis.

For details, contact Kate Murray at 450-242-4421 or [email protected]

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, listen to Townshippers’ broadcast on radio CIDI 99.1 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website Connect with the Association in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Oct 7, 2013

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: The free Health Matters presentations return to Cowansville on October 18 with a session on Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.