Best Ways for Elderly to Improve Joint Health

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How Seniors Can Improve Joint Health

By Glenn Krakow, 9:00 am on

Joint paint is a common complaint amongst seniors, and while some may have serious medical conditions like arthritis, others may simply have aches and pains that come with aging. While seniors may not be able to fix their joint health overnight, there are some things they can do that will have a long-term impact on how they feel. Following are a handful of things seniors can do to improve their joint health in safe, smart ways, presented by Home Care Assistance of El Dorado County.

Lose Weight

Being overweight can put a lot of stress on joints, particularly the knees. Individuals that are more than 20 pounds overweight are likely to feel some pain in their joints as they age because they’re carrying excess weight. A simple weight loss plan that replaces high-fat, high-calorie foods with healthier, more nutritious ones is ideal for seniors.

Do Aerobic Exercises

Seniors may not be able to do strenuous exercises, but they can do things like basic aerobics and walking in most cases. Regular exercise can ease joint pain in many seniors, especially if they have been sedentary in the past. Exercise can also help overweight seniors slim down.

Try Strength Training

Most seniors aren’t going to be lifting heavy weights, but light free weights can help build valuable muscle mass. Building a little extra muscle through strength training can bolster the ligaments around the joints so they don’t do all the work.

Improve Posture

Standing up straight reduces pressure on joints by spreading body weight evenly over a person’s whole frame. Seniors who take time to correct their posture will have less joint pain in the long run.

Reduce Sugar Intake

Sugar can cause inflammation in the body, and that can lead to aching joints. Processed sugars like those found in cookies and cakes should be cut back whenever possible. Refined carbohydrates like those found in white bread and pastries should also be replaced with whole grains that cause less inflammation.

For more information on senior health, turn to Home Care Assistance. Although we are known for excellent stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in El Dorado County, we also offer comprehensive live-in and flexible part-time care for seniors. All of our care services include the use of our holistic Balanced Care Method, which promotes total wellness through diet, exercise, and a sense of purpose. Call our office today at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 to learn more.