Has your senior loved one experienced joint pain?This would be considered normal if this pain is something that they don’t have to deal with every day. Otherwise, you should be getting them immediate medical attention and help since they may already be experiencing arthritis.
Arthritis can surely hamper the elderly’s movement as sufferers of this disease may also have stiffness and swelling in the joints. And did you know that arthritis may vary for each individual since there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis?
Below are ones you may already have heard of.
Osteoarthritis – is the most common kind of arthritis that affects around 27 million people in the US alone. The rubbery material which covers each end of our bones are called cartilages. People with osteoarthritis have cartilages that erode over time. As the cartilage wears down, pain and swelling occur in the joint. In its advanced stages, the bones of the joints where the cartilages used to be attached may also break down and result in growths of bone spurs causing even further damage to the joints. This disease is prevalent among people above 65 years old.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – This occurs as a result of the body’s autoimmune response as it attacks the joint tissues. Pain usually comes in pairs for those suffering from RA meaning that it can occur on both hands (on the joints of each of the fingers). Other symptoms may include difficulties in sleeping, burning and tingling sensation in the hands and feet, numbness.
Gout – For those who have been consuming food that contributes to the body’s production of high levels of uric acid then they better think twice, especially if their family has a history of this disease. The accumulation of uric crystals may build up in either the joint of your big toe or your knee (even in your wrists). This causes swelling and intense pain that can last as long as several weeks. You should be more careful once you already had experienced gout as the pain can get possibly worse each time it reoccurs.
Spondylarthropathies – Frequent sufferers of back pain may think twice about taking their condition lightly. Spondylarthropathies is a hereditary form of arthritis (that commonly occurs in White demographic) and the symptoms may include bone loss/destruction as well as pain and stiffness. If left untreated this condition may result in spine deformation, and shoulder and hip dysfunction.
If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Arthritis then there are some ways to help you possibly help them cope better with the disease.
Get them the right treatment – Depending on the kind of arthritis and the health condition, your senior loved one may need to take a group of medications to lessen the pain such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and some over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.
Encourage them to observe a proper diet. – Together with getting the right treatment, it is suggested to consult a physician to find out which diet would be appropriate for the condition and make sure that your senior loved one follows his or her recommended meal plan.
Motivate them to exercise – You may be surprised that prescribed exercise may possibly help maintain joint movement depending on the senior’s condition since exercise helps strengthen the muscles around the affected joints. More so a healthy weight can lessen the pressure on the joints.
If you feel that their condition is too difficult for you to handle, then you may also opt to get help from a reputable and trusted home care provider.
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Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of a group of successful companies – 1Heart Caregiver Services, LA Jobs Employment Agency Inc. and Summit Medical Billing Solutions, Inc.
As the CEO of 1Heart Caregiver Services, one of the fastest growing in-home care service companies in California, Belina has been responsible for the company’s increased productivity and consistent profitability for more than 12 years. Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its short-term and long-term goals. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S.
Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 23 years, with 13 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina’s principle-centered leadership and strength in her ability to combine corporate talents pave the way for the company to achieve greater heights.
Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. In 2013, she was honored with the Los Angeles IMAGE AWARDS – an award given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts and entertainment.
In June 2014, she was also awarded the title of Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.” In December 2015, she was also the recipient of the TOPLA (The Outstanding Pilipinos in Los Angeles) Award for Leadership Excellence in Human Resources.
1Heart Caregiver Services is a certified member of CAHSAH and has been featured in Asian newspapers and other media publications all over the United States like Yahoo! News, Google, TV, radio and newspaper online due to its various accomplishments, corporate programs, and contribution to the senior care industry. Belina’s vision remains solid and strategic as the company moves forward in its goal of making a positive difference in the home care industry.
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