Over time as we age, many people start to feel pain and stiffness in their bodies. Sometimes their hands, knees or shoulders get sore and are hard to move and may become swollen. They may experience inflammation, redness, heat, pain, and swelling of the tissue lining their joints. In all likelihood these people have arthritis. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and one in every three people, an estimated 70 million Americans, suffer from some sort of it. It is a disease of the musculoskeletal system, specifically the joints, and it is the main cause of disability among people over fifty-five years of age in industrialized countries. And although there is no cure for arthritis, as a caregiver you should know that there is a lot you can do to minimize its overall painful effects every day in the life of the senior you care for.
There are several types of arthritis that most commonly affect seniors — osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. And while it is possible for some people to have multiple types, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common of the three types for the elderly to have. Osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage of the joints — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones.
To continue reading this article taken from the Comfort Keepers Corporate Website, click HERE.