The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group program titled “Put Pain in Its Place: How to Get Osteoarthritis Pain Under Control,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28. The public is invited to attend and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director.
The discussion on May 28 will feature a presentation from the Arthritis Foundation and the National Council on Aging. Attendees will learn about osteoarthritis pain and strategies to manage and relieve the pain. Handouts will be provided and light refreshments will be served.
Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the nearly 100 types of arthritis. This serious, painful and potentially life-altering joint disease places severe limits on daily activity and quality of life for more than 27 million Americans. Affecting mainly the hands, knees and hips, osteoarthritis often causes weakness and disability, interferes with work productivity, necessitates joint replacement and generates inordinate socioeconomic costs. The Arthritis Foundation aims to reduce the number of people suffering from arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 20 percent by 2030.
Quinn, with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in the Chicago area, has been director of the Herrick Library since 2007.
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.