Acute pain can save a life by alerting us to injury and help us recover by forcing us to protect the injured area. But chronic pain – the kind that continues after injuries have healed or is caused by other nervous system disorders – can lead to a life that many of those who suffer say doesn’t feel like it’s worth living at all.
As Bette Davis once said, “Old age is no place for sissies.” This is also true of living with chronic disease at any age – poor health compounds all of life’s challenges.
The United Nations has declared October 13 the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), aimed at encouraging citizens and governments to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations. The 2016 IDDR theme is “Live to Tell.” This year’s campaign is called the Sendai Seven, which is centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework—the first of which is reducing disaster mortality.
As a pharmacist with 24 years experience, Jessica Lau was delighted to discover an environment that allowed her to fully express her passion for healthcare, health education and, most of all, her patients. A little over two years ago, she joined the Express Scripts Canada Pharmacy, which “has a vision for pharmaceutical care that’s about proactively supporting people on their path to wellness,” she says.
Affecting Canadians young and old, regardless of background or ethnicity, arthritis inflicts chronic pain and can lead to a debilitating loss of mobility. One in six adults over the age of 15—or over 4.6 million Canadians—report having arthritis. By 2036, this number is expected to grow to an estimated 7.5 million.