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As counterproductive as it may seem, research suggests that regular exercise can help people with arthritis minimize joint pain and retain their flexibility. In fact, regular exercise can actually reduce pain by preventing muscles and tendons that support the joints from becoming weaker with lack of use. On an emotional level, exercise releases so-called “feel good” hormones that can help people with arthritis maintain a positive attitude.
If you have or care for an aging parent or loved one with arthritis, consider the following tips from trusted Denver home care agency, Home Care Assistance. They’ll help your loved one manage new exercises safely, even when their arthritis symptoms persist.
There are four exercises that tend to be best for people with arthritis: range-of-motion exercises, aerobic exercises, flexibility exercises and strengthening exercises. Before starting any exercise plan, make sure that your loved one seeks doctor approval first.
As a caregiver or family member of an aging loved one, other tips for encouraging exercise with arthritis include:
*A physical therapist may be able to help resolve issues like this by recommending modifications.
If your aging parent or loved one has trouble with daily activities as the result of arthritis, ensure their safety and maximize comfort at home with help from the highly trained caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Denver. We offer flexible hourly and 24 hour care in Denver, and can assist seniors with a wide range of activities from nutritious meal preparation and medication reminders to personal care and transportation. To learn more, request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly and experienced Care Manager by calling 720-443-3371.