As people get older, many of them experience stiff joints and pain when moving that come from arthritis. The condition can make it difficult to complete even basic everyday tasks such as getting dressed and can severely limit a person’s activities.
While medication is often prescribed to treat arthritis, making other changes can also help. Exercising and losing weight can ease stress on joints and make moving less painful.
How Exercise Can Help with Arthritis
Regular exercise can gradually ease arthritis symptoms. Many people who have arthritis find that exercising in a pool helps because the water reduces stress on joints. This can reduce pain and make it easier to move.
If your parent has arthritis, he or she should consult a doctor or physical therapist before beginning an exercise program. While some forms of exercise can ease the stress on joints, doing them the wrong way or for too long can make the problem worse.
If your parent exercises correctly and protects the joints, his or her pain, fatigue, and stiffness should decrease. If your parent does not exercise, his or her joints could deteriorate, which could make it extremely painful to move.
Losing Weight Can Reduce Stress on Joints
If your parent is overweight, losing weight can also help ease his or her arthritis symptoms. Carrying around extra weight puts pressure on the joints and contributes to pain. Losing weight through a healthier diet and regular exercise can reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
A Caregiver Can Help Your Parent Exercise and Lose Weight
If your parent lives alone, he or she may have trouble exercising or getting to a class. If you are unable to help as often as you would like because of work or family commitments, a caregiver can help.
Dependable Care has a team of trained caregivers who have experience helping seniors with arthritis. A caregiver can accompany your parent on short walks to reduce stress on his or her joints. If your parent wants to attend an exercise class and is unable to drive, a caregiver can provide transportation. A caregiver can prepare nutritious meals to help your parent lose weight.
A caregiver from Dependable Care can also help with laundry, grocery shopping, housekeeping, dressing, and other everyday tasks. A caregiver can remind your parent to take his or her arthritis medicine on schedule.
Contact Dependable Care to Find a Caregiver for Your Parent
If your parent is suffering from the pain and stiffness of arthritis, exercising and losing weight can help. A caregiver from Dependable Care can provide the assistance your family needs to help ease your parent’s arthritis symptoms. Contact us today so we can match your parent with the right caregiver.