For many seniors, arthritis is part of their everyday life. Joint pain that flares up can cause intense pain and make daily activities more difficult and less enjoyable. It can also prevent planning activities because a senior never knows whether they’ll be able to join in the fun.
So The Hamlets at Cedarwood, the best senior retirement home in Airdrie, Alberta, wants to give you a few tips on the best lifestyle choices to manage your arthritis.
Watch your weight
The heavier a person is, the more stress is put onto their joints. Joints that are stressed and strained because of a heavier load show more wear and tear, which can lead to arthritis pain. Get plenty of exercise and eat healthy – this can help reduce your weight and ease the strain. Vitamin C has been shown to help with inflammations too, so adding an orange to your breakfast is a good idea.
Lower your stress
Stress and emotional reactions can cause your diabetes to feel worse. If life and the arthritic pain are causing more stress in your life, it’s important to find ways to relax and relieve the anxiety. Some ways of reducing your stress would be things like taking vacations, getting enough sleep, and finding quiet activities such as reading or taking a hot bath. Some people recommend writing in a journal or a blog to express your feelings.
Get some help around the house
There are many arthritic aids that can assist you and help relieve some of the pain of everyday activities. One simple thing would be to install door handles instead of knobs. It’s easier to turn a handle and there’s no gripping involved. Handrails are another good idea, especially in bathrooms. Velcro is a great thing to have in clothing so that buttons and shoelaces aren’t adding to one’s daily struggles.
At The Hamlets, we have years of experience dealing with seniors suffering from arthritis and have scheduled activities and events that cater to their needs. Come and see how we can help you.