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I’m taking charge of my arthritis

Personalized wellness programfor people with problems related to all forms of arthritis, and for caregivers.

Six sessions of 2 hours each combining theory and practical applications.

  •  September 13 to October 18, Tuesday 1:30pm-3:30pm, Maison des Tournesols (French)
  • Maison des Tournesols,1720 de Gaulle street, Longueuil QC J4T 1M9
  • October 24 to November 28, Monday 1:30pm-3:30pm, Bibliothèque de Brossard (French)
  • Bibliothèque Georgette-Lepage de Brossard, 7855 Ave San Francisco, Brossard QC J4X 2A4
  • October 27 to December 8, Thursday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Maison Internationale de la Rive-Sud (English)
  • Maison internationale de la Rive-Sud, 2500 boul. Lapinière, Brossard, J4Z 3V1

 Mandatory registration, group of 5-9 people

  • Free of charge

Register now! 

Contact us at info@arthriterivesud.org.


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

    Main topics of each session

    • Understanding arthritis: let’s talk about it!

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

      • Tips for living wellin everyday life
    • Strategies for controlling pain and stiffness

      • A look at strategies
    • Coping with stress

      • Means to manageit
    • How to save one’s energy

      • 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. Various choices of session are offered depending on physical condition.

    OnAdapted fitness exercices for people with arthritis or any one that would like to keep mobility and flexibility, with a soft approach. Attendance on site or on-line, at conveniance

    Tuesday 10-11am from September 13 to December 13, 2022

    • On site: Centre communautaire La Résurrection, 7685 boul. Milan, Brossard, J4Y 2M7
    • On-line via TEAMS

    Adapted fitness exercices for people with moderate mobility problem or moderate physical problems. Attendance on site or on-line, at conveniance

    Wednesday, 2-3pm from September 7 to December 14, 2022

    • On site: Centre ESPOIR Québec, 6098 Grande Allée, St-Hubert, J3Y 1B4
    • On-line via TEAMS

    Adapted fitness exercices for people with severe mobility problem or severe physical problems.(access by wheelchair and walkers). Attendance on site or on-line, at conveniance

    Wednesday 3:30-4pm from September 7 to December 14, 2022

    • On site: Centre ESPOIR Québec, 6098 Grande Allée, St-Hubert, J3Y 1B4
    • On-line via TEAMS


    NEW: Resiliency Building Workshops and Exercises

    Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm from September 15 to December 1, 2022

    • On site: Centre ESPOIR Québec, 6098 Grande Allée, St-Hubert, J3Y 1B4
    • Online via TEAMS
    • 2 workshops (Sept 15, Dec 1) and 10 sessions of rhythmic physical exercises


    • To help regain and maintain joint flexibility
    • Reduce pain
    • Improve physical and mental health
      • Description

      We offer three choices of physical exercise sessions adapted to various physical and mobility conditions. First choice: rythmic and type of exercices are adapted to people having arthritis but also any people who wants to keep or improve on mobility and flexibility. Exercises done standing or sitting on a chair with elastic, stick, dumbbells, balls.

      Second choice: the rythmic and type of exercices are adapted to people with moderate physical problems or mobility.

      Third choice is for people with severe problems of mobility. Accessible to people in wheelchairs or walkers.

      • Warming up,
      • Aerobic
      • Stretching
      • Musculation.

      Sessions are offered at no cost, both face-to-face and virtual. Repetition is the key to improvement.


      Program of 12 meetings including 2 workshops (Sept 15; Dec 1) and 10 physical exercise sessions targeting resilience building.

      • Improve physical and mental health to combat the negative impacts of the pandemic.
      • Provide tools to build resilience.
      • Motivated and encouraged individuals with increased self-confidence.
      • People able to set realistic goals, informed about resilience, able to identify critical situations and equipped to deal with them

      Instructor : Jean Proulx.

      “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

      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. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to offer these workshops to your members (info@arthriterivesud.org)

      Wellness workshops

      • Introduction to arthritis, Saturday, October 1st 2022, 10:30am-12pm (in English)

      • Introduction à l’arthrite, Saturday, October 1st 2022, 1:30-3:30 (in French)

      Location: Bibliothèque de St-Lambert, 490, avenue Mercille, St-Lambert

      Please register at https://saint-lambert.tuxedobillet.com/


      Spotlight on …

      • Inflammatory arthritis Wednesday October 5, 2022, 7pm-9pm 

        (in French)

      Location: Georgette-Lepage Library,  7855, avenue San-Francisco, Brossard, J4X 2A4

      Please register at : https://biblio.brossard.ca/activites/pleins-feux-sur-larthrite-inflammatory-arthritis-5-octobre/


      • 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

      Next conference

      How to better live with osteoarthrosis and inflammatory arthritis.

      Ada Pagnotta, occupational therapist, will present technics to better live daily with arthritis.

      1:30pm-3:30pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at the Georges-Dor Library, 2760 Chambly Rd, Longueuil, QC, J4L 1M6

      Register at Rechercher des activités (longueuil.quebec) (loisir.longueuil.quebec)


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

        Group support

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

        Next activities:

        • Causons d’arthrite (French), from 1:30-3pm –  October 14, November 11, December 9, 2022
        • Share and Shine with Arthritis from 1:30-3pm – October 28, November 25, December 16, 2022


        • On site at the Centre Nathalie-Croteau, 2210 André Street, Brossard, J4Z 2Z8
        • On line via TEAMS

        Register at coordo.activites@arthriterivesud.org


        Group support gatherings are for people who want to join a community to share about arthritis, talk about their story, their experience, inspire and be inspired, learn from others, ask questions, all in an informal way.

          Themes when gathering

          (Themes are adapted to the needs of the participants)

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

          Flash Arthritis


          • Provide readers with the latest news about Arthritis South shore’s activities
          • Provide testimonies

            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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