RAIV: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Here are some adaptations and ideas for helping people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and those who have difficulty

  • getting up from a chair
  • opening the refrigerator door
  • turning casement-window handles
  • using steps and stairs
  • and many more tasks...
made difficult by joint injury or arthritis in the hands, wrists, joints, shoulders, hips and/or legs. -- Jan Watkins

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URL: www.raiv.org ~ CONTACT: derryjan (at) netscape.ca ~ UPDATED: September, 2005

December 17, 2008.
Jan Watkins passed away on December 16. Jan was a resident of rural Milton Ontario since 1976 when she bought her small house at the foot of Rattlesnake Point on the Niagara Escarpment. She was a retired math teacher who undertook to transform her barren two acres into a lush green wilderness she nicknamed Derry Gardens. Jan shunned traditional gardening techniques and relied on the hardiness of native species to survive in the escarpment terrain. Her efforts paid off with a Niagara Escarpment Commission Achievement Award she received for rural regeneration in 1995.

Jan battled rheumatoid arthritis for twenty-five years, and as the disease gradually took away her body, and finally her life, she adapted at each stage, fiercely determined to continue living alone in the green paradise she had planted, with a body that refused to work.

Her love of nature can be honored by donating to the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment in her name.