The Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter is committed to being involved as a four-year nonprofit, disability related partner supporting the mission of the USDA National AgrAbility Project. Our goal is to provide education and support of agricultural professionals and their families who have been affected by arthritis so that a farmer, rancher, or farm worker may continue to live a productive life in agriculture.

The term "arthritis" refers to an inflammation of a joint. Arthritis can reduce strength and mobility for performing even the most routine of chores around work or home. It is one of the most common disabling conditions, but can be managed through diet, exercise, education, and care.

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Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. With the average age of the American farmer climbing above 57, increasingly more farmers will find tasks difficult to complete. Many agricultural workers do not know they may be at risk of developing arthritis.

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Wintertime brings on a season of rest for many farmers. Corn and soybean harvests are complete, and spring planting is a few months off. However, many agriculturalists don’t take the time they need to rest their bodies during this time. The winter months are a perfect time to sit down and evaluate your farming operation and the effects that arthritis may impose on your lifestyle. Small work accomodations can reduce the stress on joints from the normal routine of everyday chores and thus reduce pain from arthritis. For a free “Managing Your Activities” brochure, or for more information on other agricultural topics, call 1-800-783-2342, ext. 212.

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