Arthritis (inflamed joints) is the leading cause of disability in the United States. At least half of older adults have arthritis. This disease limits the ability of millions of older adults to walk, climb stairs, bend, or kneel, or do daily activities. Arthritis also can make daily work routines more challenging.

Black people and people who come from Spanish-speaking cultures are more likely to have arthritis than Whites. Societal factors may contribute to some people having less access to healthcare services and other things they need to stay healthy.

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