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Connecting Art with Arthritis

PERFORM and the Arthritis Society are hosting a silent auction, featuring works by George E. Russell
April 7, 2015
By Molly Dodds

George E. Russell Canadian artist George E. Russell.

With over five million Canadians now in the 65-and-over age bracket, managing and preventing various chronic diseases is more important than ever. Concordia’s PERFORM Centre and the Arthritis Society are both exploring different ways to treat and prevent debilitating conditions through lifestyle changes.

On Thursday, April 16, the PERFORM Centre, in partnership with the Arthritis Society, will be hosting a silent auction at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre where attendees can bid on artwork from Canadian artist George E. Russell. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the society.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a walking tour of the PERFORM Centre, experiencing first-hand what activities take place in this state-of-the-art research facility.

“Improving well-being and reducing the chance of illness or injury requires new discoveries and proven interventions that are easily accessible so that individuals can take personal action, and policy makers can make better informed choices” says Louis Bherer, PERFORM’s Scientific Director.

The PERFORM Centre focuses on how research, education and community engagement come together to advance the field of preventative health.

PERFORM’s facilities range from an Athletic Therapy Clinic to a Conditioning Floor, offering various fitness programs that are open to the community, which make it the ideal place for the Arthritis Society, as well as rheumatologists and health professionals, to refer their patients when being physically active is crucial in the management of their diseases.

The Arthritis Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to Canadians living with arthritis. This silent art auction is one of its many initiatives aimed at contributing to arthritis research in Canada.

The artist on exhibition, George E. Russell, has supported the Arthritis Society for many years by generously donating his work as part of the “There is Art in Arthritis” initiative. Russell, a mature artist and retired teacher from Laval, has most recently worked on the series “Kaleidoscope” inspired by themes surrounding music, evolution and infinity.

Come join the PERFORM Centre and The Arthritis Society on Thursday, April 16, 5-8 p.m. to take part in advancing research in preventative health! Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, Loyola Campus, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West.

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