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One of the top culprits for the pain and discomfort felt by seniors is arthritis. It’s a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. The parts of the body most commonly impacted are the knees, hands, hips and back. Most often, swelling, redness, pain and stiffness are the symptoms suffered by those with the condition. Osteoarthritis happens to be the most common form of arthritis. This condition occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time.

Seniors who live with arthritis and osteoarthritis typically contend with limited mobility, soreness and discomfort. As well, the conditions tend to be emotionally debilitating as they can significantly impact a person’s sense of independence. Are you the caregiver of an older adult with arthritis and/or osteoarthritis? Let’s discuss some ways in which you can offer supportive care to your loved one.


Place a greater focus on nutrition and exercise.

Helping your loved one to maintain a healthy body weight is an excellent first step in mitigating issues caused by arthritis and osteoarthritis. It’s all about making the combination of healthy eating and regular exercise part of the daily routine. Seniors should focus on minimizing their intake of sugar and processed foods. Diets should incorporate plenty of fruits, veggies, lean protein sources and water. Find ways to stay active as well.

“Adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise such as walking, cycling and swimming,” encourages Health Canada, “This will help strengthen muscles that support the joints and keep the joints flexible. Reach and maintain a healthy weight. It will help reduce stress on the joints and spine, and also help prevent a number of other diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.”


Purchase comfortable and supportive footwear.

Minimizing the impact of walking will work wonders for individuals with arthritis and osteoarthritis. Older adults should opt for shoes that provide excellent arch support and cushioning to absorb shock. As well, it’s advisable to avoid high heels and shoes that don’t fit snugly.

“Look for shoes that lace up, whenever possible,” advises Arthritis Society Canada, “Lace-up shoes allow for the most customizable fit for your foot which can also help prevent falls. If you have tenderness in the bones on the top of your foot, choose a shoe with a padded tongue, or if you have pain in the bones at the bottom, look for cushioning at the ball of the toes.”


Enlist our help!

If an aging loved one in your family is suffering from arthritis or osteoarthritis, it’s important to provide the necessary care that will minimize pain and discomfort. It’s possible that those who have managed fairly independent lifestyles for some time will, over time, need to accept some help. At Senior Home Care by Angels, we’re only too happy to help. Our team proudly offers Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Support Services.

We have a full range of support services to create a customized care plan for those with arthritis and osteoarthritis. They include physical therapy and massage; exercise and occupational therapy. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Senior Homecare by Angels at 403-862-0129. If you are outside of Calgary, you can call us toll-free at 1-877-209-6142. You may also visit our Contact Us page to complete and submit a simple contact form!