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Don’t Let Arthritis Keep You Down

Don’t Let Arthritis Keep You Down

Living with arthritis means learning how to manage the symptoms and maximize mobility and, for some types of arthritis, slowing down the progression of the disease with medication. First, visit your doctor, if you haven’t already. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications can make it easier for you to move around, and can relieve joint stiffness. It’s important not to get discouraged if medications don’t seem to be working right away since some medications can take several weeks to reach their full effect. What helps one person may not help another; you may need to try different medications at various dosages before you find adequate relief. Adapting life for arthritis It’s understandable to feel frustrated or down when you can’t do things you once could – whether it’s taking long hikes in the woods or doing fine needlework. But to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit, we need to adapt (possibly easier said then done). Take shorter routes, if you used to enjoy long walks, or take part in a “mall walk” sponsored by your local shopping centre. If it’s getting too difficult to do your favorite hobby, maybe you can learn a similar one that puts less stress on your joints, or use adaptive aids to help you continue doing the one you love. Adaptive aids for arthritis have been around for a while now, and can be found on a number of different websites including http://www.arthritissupplies.com/. You can find products that help you with daily living around the house, hygiene, and mobility aids. Occupational therapists are a great resource for handy devices that may make it easier...
Fall Prevention for Seniors

Fall Prevention for Seniors

We don’t like to think of accidents befalling our aging parents. Yet, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, more than half of all injuries among Canadians 65 years and older are attributed to falls. In fact, one third of the senior population takes a fall each year. For many of them, it won’t be the first time. Among seniors, nearly 60% of emergency department visits and nearly 80% of hospitalizations due to injury were caused by a fall. The consequences of a fall can be devastating; 40% of seniors who fall fracture their hips. Half of those who do will never regain full mobility. Falls are the leading cause of hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries among the elderly. Both injuries require long, expensive hospital stays, and significantly reduce one’s quality of life. Seniors who fall are often robbed of their independence; 40% of nursing home admissions are due to a fall. For others, the consequences are fatal; 20% of seniors who die due to injury experienced a fall. Even when seniors suffer a fall that might be considered minor, the initial fall often leads to a decline in health or an intense fear of falling that hampers their ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. The risk of falling can’t be eliminated. It can be significantly reduced. Consider seven steps you can help seniors in your family and community take to minimize the likelihood of a fall. Remain Active Our strength and sense of balance wane as we age. The loss of both is frequently a contributing factor when seniors fall. Low impact exercises, like yoga, water...
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