Joints go through a LOT during a lifetime. Every movement impacts the joints of the body – little movements like brushing teeth or getting out of bed, and bigger movements like running and picking up children. Joints are essential to getting on with life, and without healthy joints, life can become tremendously challenging for seniors in San Mateo. Keeping joints healthy and with as little pain and stiffness as possible will help your loved one to live a more active and happy life.
Joint Health for Seniors in San Mateo
The National Institute of Health offers some great resources that can help you to understand the disorders that can pop up when joints become compromised. Proper joint care can help to mitigate a lot of issues, including the following:
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of range of motion
- Increased chance of injury after a fall
- Decreased flexibility
- Trouble sleeping
- Greater fall risk
Ways to prevent joint problems in seniors
Being proactive about joint care is an essential part of supporting your loved one through their senior years. There are lots of ways that you can minimize the risk of joint problems. Here are four great tools! (and don’t forget to keep these in mind for yourself!)
1 – Low-impact:
Focusing on low impact exercises will greatly reduce the wear and tear on joints. Exercise is essential to cardiovascular health and to maintaining movement through the elder years. However it’s critical that exercises like jogging be carefully considered, as they cause high levels of impact on the joints. Instead look for exercises like stretching, yoga, Pilates, walking and low-impact machines like stationary bikes and elliptical machines.
2- Weight Control:
There are so many reasons to keep weight in check in order to stay healthy. Joint health is a serious one. The force that joints undergo is several times the actual body weight. Each pound that is lost actually offers a huge improvement in the impact that is felt on the joints. Speak to your loved one’s doctor about good strategies to help your loved one lose weight if this is a concern for your family.
3 – Healthy Everyday Tactics:
Encouraging your elderly loved one to be mindful of their joints during daily activities is a way that you can impact their joint health right now! Bending the knees to pick up daily objects will greatly decrease back strain. Walking with a good stride and roll through will help the lower body joints to stay healthy. It also keeps them free from injury. Being mindful of how we do things with our hands can greatly reduce the strain on the delicate joints of the fingers.
4. Eating for Joint Health:
This one isn’t nearly as important as the first three, but it has been proven that some foods are effective in supporting joint health. Look for foods with healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help keep joints healthy and lubricated. Again, speak to your loved one’s doctor about good strategies for joint health eating.
Home care can help joint replacement patients
If you have an elderly loved one in need of senior care contact Nuevacare today. Hiring a home care worker can be a tremendous help in caring after you loved one’s joints to help them stay active and happy!
Check out our previous post on this subject – Home care helps individuals following joint replacement to learn more about helping family members following joint replacement surgery.
To learn more about how NuevaCare can help your family to face concerns about falling with the help of a professional caregiver, simply give us a call at 650-769-4299 or submit the form to the right. While our home care office is in San Mateo, we service Bay Area clients from San Francisco to Burlingame and beyond. A highly trained professional from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your specific needs and to set up an free in home assessment.