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North Shore / Merrimack Valley / Seacoast Connect Group

North Shore / Merrimack Valley / Seacoast, Massachusetts
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Live Yes! Connect Groups offer local connections, education and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from our local community come together for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on a variety of topics, as well as fun group activities.  
We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive.
 

Upcoming Events

Newburyport YWCA 13 Market Street Newburyport, Massachusetts Get Directions
  • Saturday October 1st 2022
    2:00 PM
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  • Saturday October 1st 2022
    03:00 PM
North Shore/Merrimack Valley/Seacoast Live Yes Connect Group: Get In the Hot Water Pool A Free Aquatics Arthritis Class at a Local YWCA

Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 2 PM at the Newburyport YWCA located at 13 Market Street, Newburyport MA for “Get in the Hot Water Pool Now” a free aquatics class with Ilene, Health & Wellness Director and Arthritis Foundation Certified Aquatics Program (AFAP) instructor. AFAP is a community-based, group program that uses a variety of water-based exercises to increase physical activity among adults with arthritis! The objectives are to increase the following: range of motion, muscle strength, and endurance while at the same time reducing: fatigue, pain and stiffness. This class is FREE. Let's give a standing ovation to both Ilene, our aquatics expert speaker, the mission of the local YWCA in offering this resource to our group. You will be standing in a not over your head, hot water pool watching your Arthritis Foundation instructor lead you in a series of gentle Arthritis foundation approved stretches and exercises. Folks must first be a member of the connect group, then sign up for the free hot water pool lesson. Spread the word: anyone registered for this connect group can sign up! It is first come first served for registration. Only the first 12 registrants will be allowed into the hot water pool due to size constraints. If you sign up and subsequently can't make it, please remove your attendance, so someone can have your place. YWCA details: parking lot available, handicap parking available, ramp walk way, changing rooms and locker rooms and private hot water showers available, no cost. Plan to arrive at 1:40 to allow time in the changing room. Class starts promptly in the hot water pool at 2 pm! Class should end around 2:45 pm. Feel free to soak up a little more hot water time. To Registrants: Recognize COVID-19 Symptoms. The CDC has identified the following symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. If you have one or more of these symptoms on the day of the event, please stay home. If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home unless you get a negative test result before the event. Your Safety is Our Number One Priority. The COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious. Some people infected with these viruses get severely ill, become hospitalized or die. Event attendees acknowledge the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus and the Arthritis Foundation shall not be held liable. Help to protect our community. Attendees are asked to wear a mask. Please get a negative COVID test before attending this event if you are unvaccinated. Your Safety is our Number One Priority. The COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious. By attending this event, you acknowledge the potential risk of exposure to the virus and the Arthritis Foundation shall not be held liable. Recognize COVID-19 Symptoms.Please don’t enter this event if you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: Fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, muscle aches. Please bring your mask with you to this event and wear it.

5 people attending Attend
Slater Park 401 Newport Avenue Pawtucket, Rhode Island Get Directions
  • Sunday August 7th 2022
    12:00 AM
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  • Sunday August 7th 2022
    12:00 AM
2022 Edd Pedro's Wiffleball Tournament

18th Annual Edd Pedro's Fight for a Cure of Juvenile Arthritis Sunday, August 7 (rain date August 14) check in at 8:30am. FREE tournament t-shirt, lunch and a $5 raffle ticket for all Players!

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Newburyport YWCA 13 Market Street Newburyport, Massachusetts Get Directions
  • Saturday October 1st 2022 2:00 PM
  • through
  • Saturday October 1st 2022 03:00 PM
North Shore/Merrimack Valley/Seacoast Live Yes Connect Group: Get In the Hot Water Pool A Free Aquatics Arthritis Class at a Local YWCA

Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 2 PM at the Newburyport YWCA located at 13 Market Street, Newburyport MA for “Get in the Hot Water Pool Now” a free aquatics class with Ilene, Health & Wellness Director and Arthritis Foundation Certified Aquatics Program (AFAP) instructor. AFAP is a community-based, group program that uses a variety of water-based exercises to increase physical activity among adults with arthritis! The objectives are to increase the following: range of motion, muscle strength, and endurance while at the same time reducing: fatigue, pain and stiffness. This class is FREE. Let's give a standing ovation to both Ilene, our aquatics expert speaker, the mission of the local YWCA in offering this resource to our group. You will be standing in a not over your head, hot water pool watching your Arthritis Foundation instructor lead you in a series of gentle Arthritis foundation approved stretches and exercises. Folks must first be a member of the connect group, then sign up for the free hot water pool lesson. Spread the word: anyone registered for this connect group can sign up! It is first come first served for registration. Only the first 12 registrants will be allowed into the hot water pool due to size constraints. If you sign up and subsequently can't make it, please remove your attendance, so someone can have your place. YWCA details: parking lot available, handicap parking available, ramp walk way, changing rooms and locker rooms and private hot water showers available, no cost. Plan to arrive at 1:40 to allow time in the changing room. Class starts promptly in the hot water pool at 2 pm! Class should end around 2:45 pm. Feel free to soak up a little more hot water time. To Registrants: Recognize COVID-19 Symptoms. The CDC has identified the following symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. If you have one or more of these symptoms on the day of the event, please stay home. If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home unless you get a negative test result before the event. Your Safety is Our Number One Priority. The COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious. Some people infected with these viruses get severely ill, become hospitalized or die. Event attendees acknowledge the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus and the Arthritis Foundation shall not be held liable. Help to protect our community. Attendees are asked to wear a mask. Please get a negative COVID test before attending this event if you are unvaccinated. Your Safety is our Number One Priority. The COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious. By attending this event, you acknowledge the potential risk of exposure to the virus and the Arthritis Foundation shall not be held liable. Recognize COVID-19 Symptoms.Please don’t enter this event if you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: Fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, muscle aches. Please bring your mask with you to this event and wear it.

5 people attending Attend
Slater Park 401 Newport Avenue Pawtucket, Rhode Island Get Directions
  • Sunday August 7th 2022 12:00 AM
  • through
  • Sunday August 7th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Edd Pedro's Wiffleball Tournament

18th Annual Edd Pedro's Fight for a Cure of Juvenile Arthritis Sunday, August 7 (rain date August 14) check in at 8:30am. FREE tournament t-shirt, lunch and a $5 raffle ticket for all Players!

Intercontinental Hotel Boston 510 Atlantic Avenue Boston, Massachusetts Get Directions
  • Friday September 23rd 2022 12:00 AM
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  • Friday September 23rd 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Commitment to a Cure - Boston, MA

Please join us at the 26th annual Boston Commitment to a Cure Gala on Friday, September 23 at the Intercontinental Hotel Boston. We will be celebrating the tremendous work and legacy of Drs. Lisa Fitzgerald of Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Center and Richard Iorio, of Birgham and Women's Hospital. Also spotlighting the efforts of Brian Doherty and the Building Trades Unions on osteoarthritis and its overwhelming impact on their membership and community

Graduate PRovidence 11 Dorrance Street Providence, Rhode Island Get Directions
  • Saturday October 15th 2022 6:00 PM
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  • Saturday October 15th 2022 10:00 PM
2022 Commitment to a Cure - Rhode Island

Join us at the Commitment to a Cure Gala on October 15, 2022. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please visit our event website.

Delta Dental Stadium 1 Line Drive Manchester, New Hampshire Get Directions
  • Sunday December 4th 2022 12:00 AM
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  • Sunday December 4th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - New Hampshire

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

Bay State Brewing Company 112 Harding St Worcester, Massachusetts Get Directions
  • Sunday December 11th 2022 12:00 AM
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  • Sunday December 11th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - Central MA

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

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KRISTIN F
KRISTIN F
April 18, 2022 - 11:03 PM

I am trying to get on the zoom, but I have not having any success.

 

Any help?

 

KRISTIN F
KRISTIN F
April 18, 2022 - 11:08 PM

It is not 11:03 pm.  Maybe that is the problem.

 

Elysa B
Elysa B
October 19, 2021 - 12:26 PM

Hi, I’m Elysa.

I have just been given the diagnosis of rheumatoid pneumonia which, what I have come to understand is basically RA that manifests itself in my case, my right lung. There is so much vague information, I’m struggling to understand what it means. I see my pulmonologist this Thursday. Can anyone help me with a list of questions? I will be seeing a specialist in Boston, but not until December.

So, I guess any insight or help with questions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Rosemary F
Rosemary F
February 24, 2021 - 1:51 AM

Hands, glorious hands.  Set aside Monday evening March 15th at 6 45 pm or pull up a zoom with your dinner.  We have a lifetime expert - an Occupational Therapist, with over 35 years experience, to demonstrate some home wrapping with Coban or show you how you adapt a cvs splint, or to take your inquiries on all things hands.  Our hands need more love.  Come talk to Joan and find out some tricks of the trade.

Rosemary F
Rosemary F
October 14, 2020 - 12:44 PM

Welcome Theresa and All - please feel free to invite any arthritis warriors you know in your life that you feel might benefit from our online community.  Support continues to be the third  Monday of every  month with a collegial and educative group that laughs a lot, also.  We invite all, irrespective of geographic location as we are solely, and safely, zoom video for our group support.   We are a little beacon of light - and I hope that we abate isolation in some small way.  Come and bring your voice to the table.  We gather at 6:45 PM on the third Monday of each month to first check in, say hello, and talk about our purpose and programming for the next month!  We then introduce a speaker or topic from 7 pm to 7 30.  At 745 we start a wrap up so we can sign off at 8 pm.  Bring your herbal tea or sign in from work on break.  Sign in from your home work out center with a busy household or sign in from a solo household with the family pet jumping around.  We welcome all.

KRISTIN F
KRISTIN F
April 18, 2022 - 11:04 PM

I cannot get on this?  Can anyone help me?

 

Theresa K
Theresa K
October 14, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Hi. I am grateful to be a part of the group. I live north of Boston. COVID-19 has been terribly isolating for me. I am hopeful to meet others in my area who have common interests, and of course, share the common thread of RA and other autoimmune diseases. We are in terribly trying times, and communication is so very helpful. Best to all

Theresa K
Theresa K
October 14, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Hi. I am grateful to be a part of the group. I live north of Boston. COVID-19 has been terribly isolating for me. I am hopeful to meet others in my area who have common interests, and of course, share the common thread of RA and other autoimmune diseases. We are in terribly trying times, and communication is so very helpful. Best to all

Rosemary F
Rosemary F
July 13, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Our North Shore/Merrimack Valley/NH/Maine Seacoast support group is solely virtual at this time, of course, but vital with many interesting topics and ample support. Please join us for our next meeting on zoom Monday July 20, 2020 at 6:45 PM where we have an expert speaker have us think about why Yoga is so much more than stretching and how the mind/body connection ultimately serves us. Please navigate to our connect group and RSVP.

Andrea M
Andrea M
January 16, 2020 - 5:19 PM

I would also like to know if there are any in person groups around north shore.

Susan B
Susan B
December 14, 2019 - 1:12 AM

Hello! I would like to know if you have any support groups or even just get together for coffee and conversation, as having RA has been such an isolating experience for me. Thank you! Susan

Andrea M
Andrea M
January 16, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Hi I just joined, I live north of Boston. I am looking to see if this group meets in person also. But night driving is a problem so have you heard anything about a group Andrea

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