If you care for an aging parent or loved one who suffers from arthritis, there are ways to help reduce pain and inflammation and thus overall discomfort. Today, Home Care Assistance, a provider of home care Cincinnati families trust, is going to provide some of our top tips for managing senior arthritis.
- Consistent Motion – Although one of the major symptoms of arthritis is limited mobility, those living with the condition can actually benefit from regular activity. For instance, a short walk each day can help to relieve stiffness. Stretching exercises can also be helpful for seniors who experience joint stiffness, helping enhance range of motion and flexibility. Seniors that can execute a consistent stretching routine, whether alone or with help from a family member or part-time Cincinnati caregiver, can better minimize the long-term problems associated with arthritis.
- Hydrotherapy – Hydrotherapy can be beneficial for elderly individuals who are trying to overcome arthritis. Being in the water provides an opportunity to perform flexibility exercises and the lack of pressure will make the movements easier. If the water is heated, muscles and tendons in the body of the elderly person will expand. This expansion will create momentary relief from the pain associated with arthritis. Short sessions of 30 to 60 minutes or less are advisable for seniors just getting involved with hydrotherapy.
- Dietary Changes – There are some simple dietary changes a senior can make to help with arthritis. Increasing lean protein is one way to improve muscular strength. This will also help to reduce swelling associated with arthritis if the protein is from certain types of fish like salmon. Avoiding saturated fats is also essential for creating more harmonious symmetry in the body. Saturated fats have been shown to slow down metabolism and in certain cases, increased swelling throughout the body.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who is living with arthritis, provide them with the in-home care and support they need to remain comfortable, safe and as independent as possible at home. Call Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati at 513-891-2273 and learn more about our hourly and live-in home care plans and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.