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Arthritis & How To Feel Better!

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 11, 2019 12:16:51 PM

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For many arthritis can be a debilitating disease.  It causes decreased mobility, pain, swelling, stiffness and can limit activities.  The five most common and serious types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid
  • Lupus

The key steps to managing life with arthritis in order to feel better are:

  • Keep active - In this case the saying "use it or lose it" rings true.  The less you do from a physical standpoint, the less mobility and flexibility you will have.
  • Maintain a healthy weight - Additional pounds increase stress on the joints which increases pain.
  • Avoid injuries - Falls and injuries can cause the development of osteoarthritis.
  • Develop strategies and healthy skills - Exercise, eating certain foods and avoiding foods that can cause inflammation can keep the body working better and feeling better.
  • Diet - Eat foods that are anti inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
  • Early diagnosis - Avoid ignoring the symptoms! Establish a plan early on to live a healthy lifestyle.

Foods that fight and block inflammation and offer healthy benefits for combating arthritis are:

  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger 
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Green, black & white tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Water-flushes toxins out of the body!
  • Tart & dark cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Olives
  • Onions, leeks, shallots
  • Omega-3's found in fatty acid fish; salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Marine Collagen, the building block for cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin
  • MSM, a natural anti inflammatory that targets joint tissue
  • Glucosamine, aids joint structure and can provide significant pain relief

Foods to avoid that can worsen and cause pain are:

  • Processed and refined
  • Fats and oils that are saturated fat found in meat, butter and cheese
  • Omega 6"s found in corn oil, safflower, soy and vegetable oil
  • Trans fats
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Reduce sugar
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol

If you or a loved one are struggling with a debilitating condition that can benefit from a little help to make life easier, we are here for you! Since 1994 Easy Living Services and has been an expert resource for thousands of Atlanta families with Home Care needs.

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Topics: disabled, Lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic disease, senior care, elder care

Exercise Tips for Senior & Disabled Adults

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 29, 2016 4:39:24 PM

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With every year that we grow older our muscles tighten and range of motion begins to decrease, especially when we are inactive!  Senior and disabled adults who engage in exercise and physical activities as they age lead healthier lives with a better overall quality of life.  As we grow older, we should focus on four main areas of physical fitness: strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.

Some form of exercise is safe for almost everyone.  You can exercise even with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many more.  Participating in physical activity has so many benefits!  Here are just a few benefits:

  • Helps to improve mental health.
  • Can provide social interaction. 
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness.
  • Helps joint flexibility, strength, and balance.
  • Helps reduce the risk of diabetes.
  • Helps control weight which can help to reduce stroke and other heart health issues.
  • Improves bone density. 
  • Can help decrease pain and weakness associated with arthritis.
  • Helps maintain independence.
  • Can help prevent falls.

If an activity doesn't work for all abilities, it can usually be adapted so everyone can participate in some form of physical activity. Always check with your doctor if you aren't used to energetic activity or if you have other health concerns. 

Tips for getting started:

  • Begin slow and increase your activities and endurance level.  At first you may only be able to be active for 10 minutes at a time.  Do what you can and slowly progress.  
  • When working with strength exercises don't hold your breathe.  Holding your breathe can cause changes in your blood pressure.  Breathe out as you lift and in as you relax.
  • Unless you are on a restricted fluid intake, drink plenty of fluids.  This is particularly important when engaging in any form of physical activity.
  • Warm up before you begin.
  • Bend forward from the hips keeping your back straight instead of bending at the waist.
  • Don't forget to stretch after your muscles are warmed up.

Aerobic Activities:

  • Walking
  • swimming
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Climbing stairs
  • Stationary bike
  • Rowing Machine

Strength Activities:

  • Use hand weights standing, lying, or sitting down.
  • Use resistance machines.
  • Use band or tubes for resistance and muscle building.
  • Use a chair to do leg raises.

Balance & Flexibility:

  • stretch slowly and smoothly.
  • Tai Chi and chair yoga are activities that improve flexibility.
  • Start with the focus on your upper body working your way down to the lower body. 
  • Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.  

For additional information click on:   /blog/bid/89289/Don-t-Give-Up-on-Exercise

To be certain that you are doing exercises or activities correctly, always talk with your doctor, and exercise instructor or physical therapist.  

Since 1994 Easy Living Services has partnered with thousands of Atlanta area families in caring for seniors, disabled adults and chronically ill loved ones in the comfort of home.  Our team of extensively screened and professionally trained nursing assistants are there providing reliable, professional and comforting care. 

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Topics: aging, Senior Exercise, disabled