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Arthritis Burden in Kentucky

Nearly one of three adults or 33% of the adult population in Kentucky has doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis affects both males and females of all ages and racial and ethnic groups. Although arthritis affects all ages, its prevalence increases with age. In Kentucky, 14% of adults aged 18-44 years have arthritis, compared with 42% of those aged 45-64 years and 58% of those aged 65 years or older. Among women aged 18 years or older 36% have arthritis, compared with 28% of men.

Additional information about the burden of arthritis in Kentucky includes

  • Of all adults with arthritis, 55% (528,000) have activity limitation due to their arthritis.
  • Of working-age (18-64 years) adults with arthritis, 54% (337,000) have some work limitation due to their arthritis.
  • In Kentucky, 40% (376,000) of adults who are obese have arthritis.

Data Source: 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).

Planned Partnerships

  • Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living
  • Regional Area Agencies for Aging and Independent Living
  • Journey to Wellness
  • HumanaVitality
  • YMCA of the USA
  • Kentucky Broadcasters Association Public Education Program

Proposed Interventions

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Walk with Ease (group led)
  • Walk with Ease (self-directed)

Contact Information
Dustin Falls
Arthritis Program Manager
Kentucky Arthritis & Osteoporosis Program
Kentucky Department for Public Health
275 East Main Street, HS 2 WE
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Telephone: (502) 564-7996, extension 4437
Fax: (502) 564-4667

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