Statistics indicate up to 25 percent of adults live with some form of arthritis. Many take prescription medications to alleviate the inflammation and discomfort that comes with the disorder. However, there are a number of methods seniors can implement in their daily routines to alleviate arthritis symptoms naturally.
Regularly participating in one or more types of physical activity provides various benefits to those with arthritis. Staying active enables seniors to better manage their weight. Being overweight puts undue stress on the musculoskeletal system, which exacerbates symptoms. Exercise keeps joints and muscles flexible, which increases movement and mobility. By regularly working out, older adults also strengthen their muscles, which provides more support for ailing joints. Ideal fitness ideas that reduce joint stress include bicycling, walking, swimming, and doing tai chi.
A professional caregiver can help your loved one exercise safely. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care. New Hampshire Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Using Hot & Cold Therapies
Warm treatments ease stiffness while encouraging blood flow throughout the body. The treatment might include applying a warm moist pack to the affected area. A warm shower or bath also increases blood circulation while reducing stiffness. Topical ointments containing capsaicin are another means of applying a warming treatment. A frozen gel pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel applied to the affected joint can alleviate inflammation immediately.
Changing the Diet
A diet rich in brightly colored vegetables and fruits provides the body with much-needed nutrients in addition to increasing antioxidants that prevent cell damage from free radicals. Use onions and garlic when preparing dishes. Both vegetables season food while reducing inflammation, and they also have antimicrobial properties. Cherries, ginger, pineapple, and turmeric have all been proven to effectively reduce inflammation. Seniors with arthritis should reduce their intake of red meat, saturated fat, and sugar. These ingredients lead to high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and excessive weight gain. Excessive sugar consumption also encourages systemic inflammation.
Eating healthy provides a number of benefits for aging adults. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional homecare. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Indulging in a Massage
Physical touch in the form of massage relaxes the body by relieving muscle tension. Thus, the therapy has the potential to reduce the discomfort and stiffness associated with arthritis. Seniors need to find licensed therapists and give themselves permission to undergo treatment.
Taking an Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt contains high levels of magnesium, which plays a role in hundreds of body processes. However, statistics suggest 75 percent of adults are deficient in the mineral. Insufficient levels of magnesium have been proven to increase muscle and joint pain. Even transdermal or topical applications of magnesium are known to provide benefits. Seniors can add Epsom salt to warm baths and allow their bodies to relax and absorb the mineral.
The chemicals used to process tobacco products are known to increase heart rate and blood pressure by constricting blood vessels. In turn, nerve cells become more sensitive, which leads to increased pain and discomfort. Giving up the habit benefits the cardiovascular and respiratory systems while reducing arthritis symptoms.
Living with serious health conditions can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. New Hampshire seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more. If you need professional home care for your loved one, our Care Managers are just a phone call away. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (603) 471-3004.