Arthritis is a general term that is used to describe any of the 100+ conditions and illnesses affecting the joints. One in five adults live with arthritis and most of them are seniors.
Arthritis can severely jeopardize a person’s independence and ability to perform tasks, from simple daily routines to more complex activities. However, with proper management strategies, it can be kept under control and the person diagnosed can lead a normal, happy life.
The most common signs of arthritis include joint redness, swelling, warmth, stiffness, and pain, often accompanied by difficulty with movement. Most people know that arthritis affects the hands and feet, but it can actually develop in any joint in the human body. If your loved one notices a problem with their joints, they should contact their doctor as soon as possible.
Since there are many conditions that fall under arthritis, it is imperative to diagnose the exact type of illness. Doctors typically perform physical exams, examine medical histories, and order blood tests and imaging. As of yet, there is no known cure for arthritis. However, it can be successfully managed.
Arthritis can be managed through physician-recommended strategies that involve decreasing or increasing physical activity and through lifestyle changes.
Seniors may need to stop performing or limit some activities and engage in exercise regimes and complete therapies suggested by their medical teams. In some cases, where sitting or working in the same position for prolonged periods of time worsens arthritis, older adults may need to take frequent breaks to move and stretch. Before making any changes to physical activity levels, it is vital to consult with a professional.
As excess weight can put an additional strain on the joints, older adults with arthritis may need to alter their diet and lose some weight as well.
Finally, both older adults and those caring for them need to educate themselves on arthritis and build an adequate strategy for managing the condition.
Comfort Keepers is a home care agency catering for seniors with varying needs, including those with chronic conditions like arthritis. Our caregivers help with daily tasks like housekeeping and running errands, provide medication reminders, provide transportation to and from appointments, cook healthy meals, offer companionship and comfort, and much more. With the help of our caring team, your senior loved one can enjoy their golden years right at home despite the challenges they may face due to living with arthritis. Give us a call today to learn more and get started with our expert, personalized care services!
Comments are closed.