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Living with arthritis; LETTERS.

SIR - I am writing to ask readers of your newspaper to support UK charity Arthritis Care's new Employers' Pledge.

While arthritis is often thought of as an older person's disease, in fact it affects people of all ages. There are a staggering nine million people with arthritis in the UK, many are at the prime of their working lives.

But staying in work if you've got arthritis can be tough - it's the biggest cause of physical disability in the country.

However, with the right support people with arthritis can keep their jobs. A recent survey by Arthritis Care showed that employer support is a decisive factor in helping workers with arthritis to stay in work.

That's why Arthritis Care has now launched a campaign asking British bosses to sign up to their Employers' Pledge to make working life better for people with arthritis.

Many managers aren't aware that simple things like a supportive chair for an employee with arthritis, or flexible hours to help them dodge the rush-hour crush, can make all the difference in helping them to stay working. GLYN DAVIES Volunteer, Bedwas Road, Caerphilly
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 21, 2009
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