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West Los Angeles Connect Group

West Los Angeles, California
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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

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  • Saturday July 9th 2022
    1:00 PM
  • through
  • Saturday July 9th 2022
    02:30 PM
West Los Angeles, CA Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL Meeting - Summer Social

Join us for our July 9th Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL meeting – Summer Social at 1pm Pacific. During this social we will gather together for some summer fun! On the agenda: Fun and Socializing and Online Games. (If you have game suggestions, please let me know.) Bring your favorite summer sips and snacks as we chat and connect with each other. Be extra festive and add a virtual background of your favorite vacation locale. Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meeting. RSVP is required. A Zoom account is not needed to participate, and you can participate via video or phone. Video is not required.

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  • Saturday August 20th 2022
    1:00 PM
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  • Saturday August 20th 2022
    03:00 PM
West Los Angeles, CA Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL Meeting – Tai Chi for Arthritis And Connection

We are delighted to have Kirsten Benson join us for an encore Tai Chi for Arthritis session on August 20th for our Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL Meeting. Kirsten Benson has a BS in sports management and health. She has been an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2007 and AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer since 2008. She upgraded her PFT to NASM. She has been a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor since 2017 through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. She is also a Reiki Master and is completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Her biggest passion besides fitness is gardening! Kirsten was diagnosed with Sjogrens in 2017 and has found that staying active has helped manage her symptoms. After our educational session, we will discuss our individual plans to jump start the new year, brainstorm ideas for future meetings and there will be an opportunity to catch up and connect with others living with arthritis. Friends, Family and Care Partners are always welcome. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meeting. RSVP is required. A Zoom account is not needed to participate, and you can participate via video or phone. Video is not required. The Zoom link will be provided the day before the event to people who select the Yes button. If you do not receive the login credentials, please check your spam folder. Log in a few minutes before 1 pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Virtual Event
  • Saturday July 9th 2022 1:00 PM
  • through
  • Saturday July 9th 2022 02:30 PM
West Los Angeles, CA Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL Meeting - Summer Social

Join us for our July 9th Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL meeting – Summer Social at 1pm Pacific. During this social we will gather together for some summer fun! On the agenda: Fun and Socializing and Online Games. (If you have game suggestions, please let me know.) Bring your favorite summer sips and snacks as we chat and connect with each other. Be extra festive and add a virtual background of your favorite vacation locale. Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meeting. RSVP is required. A Zoom account is not needed to participate, and you can participate via video or phone. Video is not required.

7 people attending Attend
Virtual Event
  • Saturday August 20th 2022 1:00 PM
  • through
  • Saturday August 20th 2022 03:00 PM
West Los Angeles, CA Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL Meeting – Tai Chi for Arthritis And Connection

We are delighted to have Kirsten Benson join us for an encore Tai Chi for Arthritis session on August 20th for our Live Yes! Connect Group VIRTUAL Meeting. Kirsten Benson has a BS in sports management and health. She has been an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2007 and AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer since 2008. She upgraded her PFT to NASM. She has been a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor since 2017 through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. She is also a Reiki Master and is completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Her biggest passion besides fitness is gardening! Kirsten was diagnosed with Sjogrens in 2017 and has found that staying active has helped manage her symptoms. After our educational session, we will discuss our individual plans to jump start the new year, brainstorm ideas for future meetings and there will be an opportunity to catch up and connect with others living with arthritis. Friends, Family and Care Partners are always welcome. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meeting. RSVP is required. A Zoom account is not needed to participate, and you can participate via video or phone. Video is not required. The Zoom link will be provided the day before the event to people who select the Yes button. If you do not receive the login credentials, please check your spam folder. Log in a few minutes before 1 pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

9 people attending Attend
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  • Sunday December 4th 2022 12:00 AM
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  • Sunday December 4th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run Orange County/Inland Empire

Get back to jingling and join the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around – all to battle the #1 cause of disability!

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Cherise C
Cherise C
October 18, 2021 - 9:31 PM

Anyone  with experience. With osteoarthritis in knee and treatment options?  Just had a follow up with Ortho and feeling very discouraged about my future and ability to resume normal activites.

Haydee S
Haydee S
September 30, 2020 - 11:54 PM

HI HI HI - I hope everyone got a chance to participate in Pain Awareness Month - visit: https://www.arthritis.org/realpain and learn now to get a free e-book!

Haydee S
Haydee S
September 5, 2020 - 12:17 AM

Pain Awareness Month - tune in on September 29- Podcast: Building Your Personalized Pain Plan Tune in on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and learn about Building Your Personalized Pain Plan with our guest experts Rachel Aaron, Ph.D. and Claudia Campbell, PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. They will discuss how to recognize unique triggers and challenges that affect your pain and what you can do about them and share information about ways to participate in a new NIH funded study to compare different CAM therapies for chronic pain. Learn more at https://www.arthritis.org/liveyes/podcast.

Haydee S
Haydee S
September 5, 2020 - 12:16 AM

Pain Awareness month - Join us for a Facebook Live on September 24 - Facebook Live: Expert Q&A: Practical Strategies for Arthritis Pain – 6 pm to 7:15 pm EST Join us for a Facebook Live event: on Practical Strategies for Managing Pain with an integrative pain specialist, a pain psychologist, and a fitness expert on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 6 pm to 7:15 pm EST. Tina Doshi, MD, M.H.S., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, American Council on Exercise, and Wesley Gilliam, Ph.D., LP, Mayo Clinic will provide practical tips and strategies for taking control of arthritis pain drawing from their expertise in physical activity, pain psychology, and integrative pain management. Use this link for the Facebook live event: https://www.facebook.com/events/315570059747518/

Haydee S
Haydee S
September 5, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Pain Awareness Month - Join us on September 9 - Webinar: Arthritis Pain Management Strategies: Backed by Research – 6 pm – 7 pm EST Register today for the upcoming webinar on Pain Management Solutions Backed by Evidence on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Learn about the research behind various pain management strategies and which solutions experts recommend “for” and “against.” We’ll also discuss some controversial therapies, and there will be time for Q&A with researcher and expert in osteoarthritis Dr. Amanda Nelson Registration is now open and space is limited: http://www.cvent.com/events/arthritis-pain-relief-strategies-backed-by-research/event-summary-c3a71f72b5c0444f8e490df039129796.aspx

Haydee S
Haydee S
September 3, 2020 - 2:45 AM

Pain Awareness Month - Tune in on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and learn about Easing Back Pain with our podcast guests Rita Roy, MS, MD CEO, National Spine Foundation, and Jed Finley, Ankylosing Spondylitis patient advocate. They will discuss common causes of arthritis-related back pain and offer strategies for coping and pain relief. Learn more at https://www.arthritis.org/liveyes/podcast Then meet in the Online Community and continue the discussion in the Hot Topic – Pain Awareness Month Strategies and Solutions Discussion and share what you learned.

Haydee S
Haydee S
May 12, 2020 - 8:56 PM

listen to the latest podcast: Staying active and connected with others is a problem for many with arthritis, but it is particularly difficult during this crisis. The new podcast shares how you can stay connected and active while staying at home: bit.ly/2ztbCqD

Haydee S
Haydee S
May 12, 2020 - 8:55 PM

This weeks Hot Topic in the Online Community: Navigating TeleHealth. Technology is a normal part of health care, but did you ever imagine it would change how we interact with healthcare providers in such a big way since the COVID-19 outbreak? Join the conversation happening now through May 15 on our Live Yes! online forums. Get expert advice and tips that help ensure you continue to optimize your mental health care now and in the future. https://bit.ly/3bdMfGo

Haydee S
Haydee S
April 20, 2020 - 11:42 PM

how are you staying physically active during this time?

Haydee S
Haydee S
May 4, 2020 - 2:26 AM

Join us for #wellnessWednesdays on Instagram @ 12 pm https://www.instagram.com/arthritisfoundation_la

Haydee S
Haydee S
May 4, 2020 - 2:26 AM

Join us for #wellnessWednesdays on Instagram @ 12 pm https://www.instagram.com/arthritisfoundation_la

Haydee S
Haydee S
April 20, 2020 - 11:47 PM

I know that on the Arthritis.org site we has exercise videos. ON the Arthritis Foundation National and state pages we are hosting virtual classes. And the LA Arthritis Foundation is doing wellness Wednesdays on Instagram. There are certain gyms that are offering free online fitness classes to their members ie 24 hour fitness, la fitness and even silver sneakers. There are also YouTube videos I heard this Qigong video is really good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyINAjEoTIs * I'm not endorsing just passing along info. ;)

Haydee S
Haydee S
April 20, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Join us for a Special Arthritis Foundation on Facebook Live event Survive & Thrive: COVID-19 LIVE Celebrity Challenge at 8:00 pm ET, April 22 Mark yourself as “interested” in or “going” to the event on our Facebook Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/239875087382854/ Share the event on your personal Facebook pages. For more details see press release - https://www.arthritis.org/about-us/news-and-updates/survive-thrive-covid-19-live-celebrity-challenge

Haydee S
Haydee S
March 19, 2020 - 9:09 PM

Share your tips on how you are staying positive or your favorite pastimes or activities

Haydee S
Haydee S
March 19, 2020 - 9:10 PM

I'm a hallmark movie fan!

Haydee S
Haydee S
March 19, 2020 - 9:10 PM

I'm a hallmark movie fan!

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 26, 2020 - 3:52 PM

We are searching for warriors to serve on our Walk to Cure Arthritis Warrior Committee. As part of the warrior committee, you would work with other warriors to help make the Walk as accessible and fun as possible. We want to brainstorm effectively and plan a great day for everyone, whether they can walk or not. In short, we’re looking for people who want to create great experiences for those living with arthritis and are passionate about the cause. This wouldn't be a huge commitment, just trying to get some input for ideas to make it great for EVERYONE. Please let our Walk Chair, Katy Carter [email protected] know if you or someone you know might be interested in helping out.

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 18, 2020 - 4:40 AM

HI All, Our Social Media team is looking for feedback from Connect Group members. Examples of the type of comments they are looking for are: How has the group helped you, share something positive to say about the group etc. Please email [email protected] with your comment/sound byte and photo of yourself

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 11, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Join us at our flagship fundraising and awareness event - the Walk to Cure Arthritis on Sunday May 17, 2020 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park - 1245 North Spring Street Los Angeles CA 90012. Grab your friends, family, and collegues and join us at this dog friendly event. For more details and to join our team visit: https://events.arthritis.org/team/LYConnectGroup-West-LA

Ehsan H
Ehsan H
August 18, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Amazing! :)

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 11, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Stacy has joined our team!!!

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 11, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Stacy has joined our team!!!

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 2, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Join us at the Arthritis Foundation Live Yes! INSIGHTS LIVE Saturday, March 21, 2020.11AM – 2 pm at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 300 South Doheny Drive Los Angeles, CA 90048. This special in-person dialogue discussing what we've learned from Live Yes! INSIGHTS. The event will feature lunch, a discussion of findings from one of the largest arthritis patient-reported outcomes assessments, a collaborative workshop, interactive showcase and more. Registration required: Visit this link to Register - https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgo2.arthritis.org%2Frb0m0C2G1WpjJ7Q1g00Q0v0&data=01%7C01%7Chsedlmeier%40arthritis.org%7C04cc8172caf94f01947a08d796147ea1%7C05878ac9807a474d8299164762e86c2a%7C1&sdata=O9qRJLdVq9Jl11gtNN6i4bu55F1bWeWqGRE8vms0Xto%3D&reserved=0

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 11, 2020 - 3:15 PM

I've registered - who else has?

Haydee S
Haydee S
February 2, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Join us at our Arthritis Foundation Los Angeles: Open House on Sunday, February 9th, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Karl Strauss Brewing Company Downtown Los Angeles- 600 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90017. The Open House is to welcome members of the arthritis community, celebrate our successes of the past year, and recognize our valued community partners and volunteers. Please RSVP to this event by contacting Laura Ealy, Community Engagement Director, [email protected] or 213.634.407. Space is limited!

Haydee S
Haydee S
January 3, 2020 - 4:22 PM

What topics are interested in learning about in 2020?

Stacey M
Stacey M
January 18, 2020 - 7:13 PM

1) Are there any new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis? 2) What do you do when medications are giving you limited success? 3) Successful alternative treatments?

Stacey M
Stacey M
January 18, 2020 - 7:13 PM

1) Are there any new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis? 2) What do you do when medications are giving you limited success? 3) Successful alternative treatments?

Haydee S
Haydee S
January 3, 2020 - 4:22 PM

If arthritis were an animal, what would it be and why?

Stacey M
Stacey M
January 18, 2020 - 7:16 PM

A nocturnal leech. It comes at night and you don’t see it coming and it sucks the life and energy out of you and leaves you with pain and messed up joints.

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 19, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Hi All - Do you know that the Arthritis Foundation have a new podcast? Check out @ArthritisFdn first

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 27, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Here is the link to the podcasts - www.arthritis.org/liveyespodcast

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 27, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Here is the link to the podcasts - www.arthritis.org/liveyespodcast

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 6, 2019 - 10:49 PM

HI ALL - I invite you to Join our Live Yes! Connect - WLA Jingle Bell Run team on 12/14 at Woodley Park. Our team is primarily our family, friends and colleagues who love to run or walk. It is a timed race for the serious runners. We will have activities for Arthritis Warriors if the physicality of the event is too challenging. Let's run, walk and/or cheer our team members on as we participate in this awesome festive fundraising and awareness event. Join our team today at: https://events.arthritis.org/team/LYCG-WLA

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 6, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The Topic during our November meeting was Thriving During the Holidays. My two personal favorite life hacks include: 1. online shopping and building in time for self care. What are tips you would like to share to make the holidays easier for you?

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 19, 2019 - 4:42 PM

thank you to all who attended and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Haydee S
Haydee S
November 19, 2019 - 4:42 PM

thank you to all who attended and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Haydee S
Haydee S
August 3, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Welcome to the WLA Live Yes! Connect Group page! Please take a moment and introduce yourself.

Haydee S
Haydee S
August 3, 2019 - 9:57 PM

My name is Haydee and I am one of the facilitators for this group. I have been living with JRA for over 50 years. have been facilitating this group since 2010 and really enjoy connecting people to resources and other people on the arthritis journey. When I am not working I love to hang out with friends, family, traveling, laughing and I am a bit of a foodie

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