There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, some of which are common among adults. In order to treat the condition, senior caregivers must first understand arthritis and its progression. Here are a few arthritis facts for senior caregivers.
An Open Door Policy
One of the biggest misconceptions related to arthritis is that it’s a condition strictly among seniors. Anyone can develop arthritis. In fact, two-thirds of the people suffering from arthritis are over the age of 65.
A number of studies show arthritis is partial to women, with 24.4 percent more females developing the condition overall.
Cause for Disability
In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), experts learned a hefty 19 million adults claim to have physical limitations caused by arthritis. The diagnosis often makes patients eligible to file for (and receive) disability income.
Though we don’t yet have a cure for arthritis, seniors will be glad to know the condition can be well managed with medications. Most people diagnosed with arthritis will need to alter his or her lifestyle a bit.
Senior caregivers should help loved ones maintain a healthy weight, protect mobility and joints, commit to regular physical activity and remain compliant with the treatment plan. Seniors may also consider taking a disease management program, learning how to cope with arthritis on a day-to-day basis.
Early Diagnosis and Appropriate Treatment Are Essential
In the early stages of arthritis, most seniors aren’t even aware something is wrong. Very hesitant to visit his or her physician, seniors tend to ignore the mounting signs that something is wrong. However, the quicker seniors seek treatment, the better the outcome. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital.
Forms of Arthritis and their Effects
Most seniors experience a similar group of symptoms related to arthritis. Those include pain, immobility, and inflammation. Some forms of arthritis are classified as autoimmune and inflammatory. These conditions affect multiple parts of the body, not just the joints. These are called systemic effects. Senior caregivers should speak with a physician to determine the type of arthritis affecting senior loved ones and develop a treatment plan going forward.
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