During the winter months, the weather can be cold and unpredictable, with limited sun. This time of the year is especially challenging for seniors who have arthritis. While The Arthritis Foundation states that cold weather does not cause arthritis, it often increases older people’s pain levels.
For seniors, joint pain makes it difficult to do daily activities and live an active lifestyle. According to the CDC, 50% of seniors over the age of 65 have arthritis. Let’s take a closer look at some additional information about arthritis, as well as 5 natural remedies that can help minimize joint discomfort.
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS, AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT SENIORS?
Mayo Clinic defines arthritis as the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. There are two common types of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage to break down, while Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which a person’s immune system attacks the joints.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Older Adults
Here are some of the most common symptoms of arthritis in seniors.
- Decreased range of motion
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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR SENIORS EXPERIENCING JOINT PAIN FROM ARTHRITIS
Here are some great ways for seniors to minimize arthritic pain during the winter.
Wear Many Layers to Keep Joints Warm
Keep joints warm by wearing sweaters, coats, gloves, and other winter clothing articles. This will minimize arthritic discomfort.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is known to have a wide range of health benefits. It can also help with arthritis pain by blocking chemicals in the body that are believed to cause inflammation. Green tea can also protect cartilage from further damage caused by arthritis.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a nutritious diet is important for overall good health. In addition, there are specific foods that can help with reducing inflammation and joint discomfort. Some foods that decrease inflammation include kale, spinach, grapes, cherries, berries, fish, plums, and nuts. It’s also essential to stay away from foods with a high amount of sugar, which can make pain much worse.
Keeping up with a regular exercise routine will help lessen joint discomfort (not to mention the cognitive health benefits of exercise for seniors). By moving, older adults can minimize the stiffness that comes with arthritis and even reduce swelling.
Vitamin D is an important nutrient for the body. It helps reduce inflammation, which plays a big role in pain management. Foods such as cod liver oil, fortified cereal, and tuna are great sources of vitamin D. Check out our tips for avoiding vitamin deficiency through the winter months.
Frontier Senior Living IS HERE TO HELP THE SENIOR COMMUNITY
Arthritis in older people can cause painful inflammation in the joints, making it a challenge to navigate day-to-day activities during wintertime. The good news however is that there are some very effective natural remedies to help decrease arthritic pain.
The highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals at Frontier are here to support our communities by promoting the health of all seniors.
Should you have any questions about conditions like arthritis, we can help. Contact us today! We also cordially invite you to visit one of our beautiful properties, take a tour and meet our friendly staff.