Is your elderly loved one experiencing chronic pain? If they are, you may want to have them visit their doctor. You might find out they have some form of arthritis. The good news is there are many ways to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and increase mobility, too. If you or caregivers are helping out an elderly person with their arthritis, it would be helpful for you to know about some of the best arthritis care tips.
OTC Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Medications
There are many different over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications that your loved one can take to treat the symptoms of their arthritis. Before taking these, however, they should consult with their doctor to see what medications they should be taking.
If your elderly loved one is suffering from arthritis, especially more severe forms of arthritis, their doctor might have them taking prescription medications to treat their symptoms. There are many different kinds of prescription medications, such as corticosteroids, that can help to relieve the pain.
Cold and Heat Therapies
Cold and heat therapies have shown to be beneficial for those who have pain related to arthritis. If your elderly loved one needs to soothe their pain, have them alternate cold and hot therapies. They can use ice packs, heating pads, and OTC hot and cold pain patches.
Balance Between Activity and Rest
If someone has arthritis, it is important that they do stay active. If they just sit around all the time, they are likely to be in a lot more pain. With that being said, they don’t want to do too much and cause themselves even more pain. They need to take the time to rest, as well. It is recommended that people with arthritis get at least 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous activity every day. In addition, they should get up and move around a little bit every hour or two.
It can also be helpful for your elderly loved one to strengthen their muscles, especially those around their joints that are affected by arthritis. There are many different exercises they can do to strengthen those muscles. You can ask their doctor which exercises would be best for them or you can search online for exercises that would help those specific joints.
Another care tip for arthritis is nutritious eating. There are so many foods that have the essential vitamins and nutrients in them that help to relieve pain. Blueberries, whole grains, fish, bananas, and other foods are great for relieving pain. These foods can also help someone to lose weight which can take the pain off their joints.
These are some of the best arthritis care tips for the elderly. Make sure you and their caregivers help them to stick to these tips.
If you or an aging loved one are considering a Caregiver in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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