Arthritis is one of the most common complaints among the elderly, and can be particularly frustrating as the disease can interfere with one’s ability to perform daily activities. Fortunately, even with the limitations that arthritis can bring, there are still ways in which seniors and older adults can lead normal and enjoyable lifestyles. Here are a few tips, presented by the leading Phoenix live-in care provider, Home Care Assistance:
It can be difficult to convince your loved one of this, but keeping as active as possible is one of the best ways to manage this disease. Exercise and movement prevents the joints from becoming stiff, and helps your loved one maintain his or her range of motion. Encourage your loved one to move around the house throughout the day or go for walks around the neighborhood. Alternatively, you could encourage your loved one to try new exercise routines like yoga to help keep the joints supple.
There are many modifications that can be made at home that make it easier for seniors with arthritis to lead a normal life. Modified utensils for eating, clothing that is easy to get on and off, and assistive aids like walkers or canes can all make routine daily activities less of a challenge. There are modifications you can also make to help your loved one enjoy leisure activities as well: if he or she loves to garden, there are easy-grip tools and raised beds available to make this hobby still possible. If your loved one enjoys playing cards with friends, oversized decks are available that make is easy to shuffle and deal. This may take some time and creativity, but if you keep at it, you will find out which of these modifications work best for you and your family.
If the arthritis is severe or if your loved one is suffering from a flare-up, plan out the day so that you can give pain medications an hour or so before your loved one will be active. For example, if you know that there is a medical appointment or visit with a friend in the afternoon, try giving a pain pill around lunch-time so that your loved one will be able to enjoy the outing without suffering for it. This can make a big difference in how willing and able your loved one is to get out and be active even with the limitations of the condition.
Arthritis can be difficult to cope with, but it does not mean that your loved one has to give up their independence or even the activities that bring them joy. With some adjustments, it is possible to cope with this condition and still lead a healthy, active lifestyle which promotes independence and satisfaction.
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