An elderly arthritis diagnosis means that performing daily tasks that were once easy become more and more difficult over time. If you experience unfamiliar challenges in activities such as making your bed, putting on your seat belt, writing a check, typing on a keyboard, or walking, among other things, it may be time to visit your doctor to see if you have an arthritic disorder.
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The cartilage tissue surrounding bones is there as protection, but when this tissue weakens and wears away, the bones and particularly the joints, are left vulnerable to rub against one another and cause anything from mild to severe pain.
The affected areas can range from the neck, legs, back, knees, hips, or hands and not only have an impact on how we feel but very significantly contribute toward the decline in our ability to move around or engage in physical activities.
The first step is to remember and remind yourself that your condition, while not curable, is certainly manageable. As we get older many things unfortunately begin to break down in our body. Talk to your doctor about treatment plans that are right for you.
With patience, a positive attitude, and the ability to adapt to new ways of performing daily activities, you can see that living with arthritic symptoms, whether a degenerative disorder like osteoarthritis or one of the dozens of other types, can still allow you to live a fulfilling life. Using adaptive living aids for arthritis can help you do just that.
Flexibility issues cause soreness and pain, as well as the complete inability to bend down at the waist or knees or to extend your reach when something is not nearby. Let’s say this is a daily problem for you for example; there are arthritis aids that can help you reach something out of your grasp or that fell on the floor, without having to cause yourself pain or discomfort.
A lightweight, portable grasping tool with jaw-like claws can be at your side for difficult to reach items. This, and many other similar gadgets are available that will assist you in the kitchen, help to lift you out of a chair, or even to help you get dressed and several others.
Elderly arthritis, while common, should not be taken lightly.
No one wants to live in pain or discomfort, and it doesn’t mean you should take this diagnosis as a life sentence of unhappiness. There are plenty of ways to get through any challenge as long as you have the right attitude and tools to help along the way.
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UW Health. "Geriatrics | Arthritis in the Elderly"