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I’m taking charge of my arthritis

Self-management program of 6 weeks to improve the life quality of people with problems related to any form of arthritis.

Six session of 2 hours each combining theory and practical applications

  • French: April 2 – May 7, 2024, Tuesday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • English: April 8 – May 13, 2024, Monday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Group of 5-12 people. Free of charge

Soda room, Bibliothèque Georgette-Lepage de Brossard
7855 avenue San-Francisco, Brossard, J4X 2A4

To register (mandatory) starting March 11, 2024:

English session: I’m taking charge of my arthritis! (April 8, 15, 22 and 29, May 6 and 13) – Brossard Library

French session: Mon arthrite, je m’en charge! (2, 9, 16, 23 et 30 avril, et 7 mai) – Bibliothèque de Brossard


  • Improve our self-management of arthritis symptoms
    (osteoarthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)


    • Improve our self-management of arthritis symptoms
      (osteoarthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)

      Main topics of each session

      • Understanding arthritis: let’s talk well!

        • An action plan for a better living
      • How to move and protect our joints

        • Tips for living well in everyday life
      • Strategies for controlling pain and stiffness

        • A look at strategies
      • Coping with stress

        • Means to manage it
      • How to save one’s energie

        • Fill it up and hold it
      • Effective teamwork

        • Each to his own!

      “I really enjoyed participating in the self-management program and highly recommend it.
      I learned how to set supportive goals and stick to them through the proposed contract.
      The discussion with the other participants was very beneficial to me, if only to realise that I sometimes go through more difficult periods like everyone else and that there is help and solutions.
      I come away confident in my ability to take control of my osteoarthritis with very up-to-date tools.”

      Louise Denis

      Adapted Fitness Exercices

      The pace and selection of the exercises are adapted to the participants. Four choices of session are offered each with a different theme.

      Tuesday 10-11a.m. until June 4, 2024

      •  Centre communautaire La Résurrection, 7685 boul. Milan, Brossard, J4Y 2M7

      Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. until June 4, 2024 (New)

      •  Centre communautaire Le Réveil, 930 rue St-Jacques, Longueuil, J4H 3E2

      Wednesday 2-3:30 p.m. until June 5, 2024

      •  Centre ESPOIR Québec, 6098 Grande Allée, St-Hubert, J3Y 1B4 (see picture below to know where is the entrance)

      Thursday 1-2 p.m. until June 6, 2024 (New)

      • Centre communautaire de Greenfield Park, 330 rue Gladstone, Greenfield Park, J4V 2P



      To register (mandatory), send an email to info@arthriterivesud.org


      • To help regain and maintain joint flexibility
      • Reduce pain
      • Improve physical and mental health
      • Promoting coordination, balance, flexibility and endurance
      • Get moving with fun
        • Description

        We offer four choices of adapted physical exercise sessions, in Brossard, St-Hubert, Longueuil and Greenfield Park. The exercises are aimed at people with arthritis, those with moderate mobility problems or pain, or those who want to maintain or regain their mobility and flexibility, while building muscle strength and resilience. Exercises  are done standing up or on a chair with different accessories such as dumbbells, elastic bands, sticks, balls. A session includes warm-up exercises, aerobics, stretching and strength muscles training.

        All sessions are offered free of charge, on site (limited seats) and online. Repetition is key to improvement.



        Registration is mandatory to participate on site, due to space limitation


        “My limitations make it difficult for me to walk and climb stairs. I have no strength in my left leg. I can’t dance, ride a bike or go for a long walk. Every day I have pain in either my knee or my lower back or both. The exercises proposed are so good for me. And to do it in a group at a specific time is very motivating. I do them once or twice a week. I have started to feel the effects in my left leg. Thank you so much for this programme which is presented to me by video conference. Very generous of you. I am delighted, I am telling everyone about it.”

        Jocelyne Péladeau

        Programme Intégré d’Équilibre Dynamique (P.I.E.D) (French)

        Offered in collaboration with Santé Montérégie.

        This program will not be offered in winter 2024


        • Increasing the independence and healthy life expectancy of older people
        • Delaying institutionalisation as long as possible.

        Conditions of eligibility:

        • Be an autonomous person aged 65 or over
        • Living independently at home
        • Worrying about falls or balance lost
        • Motivated and able to follow a group exercise programme twice a week for 12 weeks.
        • Complete a selection questionnaire (on health) administered by telephone by a programme manager.


        The programme is free of charge. It is run by a trained and qualified health professional.

        It includes:

        • group exercises (e.g. balance, flexibility and strengthening exercises);
        • exercises to do at home;
        • group discussions on falls prevention, such as appropriate home design, safe behaviour, physical activity, choosing safe shoes, etc;
        • Individual assessments of participants’ abilities are carried out at the first and last sessions.

        For more information : https://santemonteregie.qc.ca/services/programme-integre-dequilibre-dynamique-pied

        Workshops: Wellness and Spotlight on …

        Workshops aimed at deepening a topic related to arthritis. We also offer workshops in collaboration.

        The workshops are offered in collaboration. Please contact us if you would like to offer these workshops to your customers in the Longueuil area. (info@arthriterivesud.org)



        Wellness workshops

        No workshops planned this autumn

        Spotlight on …

        No workshops planned this autumn


        • The “Wellness” workshops provide an opportunity to learn more about a topic related to arthritis. The series includes 7 workshops
        • “Spotlight on …” address a particular form of arthritis

        The workshops are run by trained volunteers. Each presentation is followed by a question and answer period (in French and English).


        Introduction to arthritis

        • Facts and figures about arthritis
        • The difference between osteoarthritis and the different forms of inflammatory arthritis
        • Nutrition and physical activity
        • Functional aids
        • Complementary therapies

        Tools for living better with arthritis

        • The challenges to face
        • Possible alternatives
        • Adapting in different aspects of life
        • Cold or warm?
        • Availability of tools and devices
        • Tool demonstration

        Nutrition and arthritis

        • Canada’s new food guide
        • Eating habits
        • Meal preparation
        • Special features for people with arthritis
        • Diets
        • Nutrients and supplements

        Stress and its impacts

        • Stress
        • The effects of the stress
        • The means to manage it
        • Physical activity and exercise
        • Emotions

        Chronic pain, recognising and treating it

        • Reconnaître la douleur
        • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia
        • Pain treatment
        • Complementary approaches
        • Tips and tools

        Physical activities and exercices

        • Objective Stay active
        • Reconnecting with physical activity
        • Optimal combination (3 types of activity)
        • Choose activities that are compatible with your condition
        • Benefits of physical activities

        Daily life

        • Tools, assistive devices, tips and applications…making everyday life easier
        • Driving, adaptation of a vehicle, parking sticker, companion…
        • The workplace, accommodation and rights
        • Family life (relationships, pregnancy, parenthood and intimacy…)
        • Preparing for travel (tips, safety, travelling with a medical device or syringes, accessibility…)



        Specialists discuss arthritis-related topics

        Future conferences to be announced.


        • The conferences provide an opportunity to discuss a topic related to arthritis with experts.

        Free lectures given by specialists on various subjects related to arthritis in collaboration with the Bibliothèque de Brossard Georgette-Lepage.

        Group support

        (Causons d’arthrite /Share and Shine with Arthritis)

        Next activities:

        • Causons d’arthrite (français), from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – April 15, May  13, 2024
        • Share and Shine with Arthritis (English) from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. –  April 22, May 27, 2024

        On site at the Georgette-Lepage Library in Brossard, 7855 avenue San-Francisco, Brossard, J4X 2A4
        To attend on line via TEAMS Cliquez ici / Click here

        Register on line with the Brossard Library a few weeks before the event using the following links:


        Causons d’arthrite (15 avril) – Bibliothèque de Brossard

        • Promouvoir un sommeil de qualité pour la santé et le bien-être avec la Dre Sheryl Guloy

        Causons d’arthrite [en anglais] (22 avril) – Bibliothèque de Brossard

        • Promotion of a good sleep for a good health and well-being with Dr. Sheryl Guloy

        Les outils pour soi dans la gestion du stress et de la douleur chronique (13 mai) – Bibliothèque de Brossard

        Causons d’arthrite [en anglais] (27 mai) – Bibliothèque de Brossard



        Group support meetings provide an opportunity for peers to discuss different aspects of living well with arthritis. These meetings are aimed at people who are newly diagnosed, people who want to share their concerns or experiences, or people who want to learn more in an informal, non-judgmental setting. Join the arthritis community to share your story, discoveries and experiences, to inspire and be inspired, to learn from others, to ask questions, all in an informal way.

        Themes when gathering

        (Themes are adapted to the needs of the participants)


          • Share experiences, tips and tricks with arthritis people
          • Share on themes related to arthritis

        Social activities:

        Monthly Brunch

        Join us for a fun-filled brunch on the first Friday of every month, at 11 a.m. at the Barbies Restaurant in Brossard. Each pays for their own meal. 

        Next dates: April 5, May 3, 2024

         Reserve your place no later than the Wednesday before the activity at : info@arthriterivesud.org

        Flash Arthritis


        • Provide readers with the latest news about Arthritis South shore’s activities
        • Provide testimonials from peers
        • Talking about resources
        • Provide information on current developments
        • And other things.

        Arthritis South Shore periodically publishes a newsletter under the name “Flash Arthritis“.

        This newsletter deals with diet, exercise, the latest medical advances, the latest publications, and allows experts and affected people to share their experiences. You can also find out about upcoming activities organized by Arthritis South Shore.

        To view Flash Athritis publications, simply click on the image below.

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