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Arthritis At Home – Routine, work balance and well-being

This episode of Arthritis At Home features Dr. Catherine Backman, Senior Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada, and Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, the University of British Columbia, on routine, work/life balance and well-being.

Dr. Backman studies the impact of arthritis on participation in social roles, like parenting and employment, and how people balance the occupations or everyday activities they need and want to do.

In this interview, Dr. Backman also offers tips for structuring daily routines in the presence of uncertainty. As restrictions start to lift, some work places continue to allow employees to work from home. Dr. Backman discusses the concept of working from home, teaching kids from home, staying at home, and how to measure productivity. Like arthritis, COVID-19 disrupts routines and occupations. Because people with arthritis are experts at managing uncertainty, Dr. Backman believes they have a lot to teach the world about ways to manage daily life during the pandemic.

Check out these helpful resources

Two practical resources designed by Australian occupational therapists in response to the pandemic: 

A Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together During COVID-19 by Kath Burnard

Normal Life has been Disrupted by Lorrae Mynard

The following websites focus on “doing”:

Do Live Well: What You Do Everyday Matters

Beyond COVID-19

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