As seniors approach retirement, they often look forward to checking off items from their bucket list. Things like travelling, taking up a new sport, or learning a musical instrument. Unfortunately, the aging process may take an unplanned toll on the body limiting activity and creating physical pain. Here are some conditions that may limit fulfilling those bucket list wishes along with solutions to gain relief and get back to life.
Arthritis is the #1 condition experienced by seniors. It affects over half of our senior population. Sadly, there is still no cure for arthritis however there are things that can be addressed to minimize discomfort and allow for normal activity. At Bradenton Pain & Wellness Center we say “motion is lotion” and that simply means keep moving. It’s true that under the guidance of a physician, mild to moderate movement helps manage the pain of arthritis. Another great motto is “move it or lose it”. Walking is an excellent way to keep joints lubricated and muscles strong. For more information on managing arthritis click this useful link from the Arthritis Foundation: https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/detail?content=aboutarthritis
Osteoporosis, a condition of low bone mass, affects over 52 million Americans and can limit mobility. Exercise and nutrition both play an important role in prevention of osteoporosis. A nutrient rich diet of dairy (yogurt and cheese), fatty fish (sardines and salmon), fruit (oranges, bananas, and prunes), and leafy green vegetables contain calcium, potassium, Vitamins C and K to help to keep bones reinforced. Walking, dancing, weight lifting, yoga, and tennis are first-rate forms of exercise to improve balance and support bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation website has a wealth of information on living with osteoporosis. http://nof.org/
Falls and Injuries contribute over 30% of emergency room visits and of those, 20% are from accidental falls in the older population. These accidents increase with age and surprisingly, most occur in the home. Our homes are a minefield of hazards for seniors: slippery tile floors, throw rugs, pets, loose cords, dark lighting, and unstable chairs are just a few. Balance and medications may also play a role in unintended falls. The Mayo Clinic offers practical advice on how to avoid becoming a statistic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358
At Bradenton Pain & Wellness Center we are committed to helping our patients fulfill their bucket list wishes and dreams as they age. If you have arthritis, osteoporosis, or balance conditions, call us for an appointment and let’s get you back on track. Be well and stay healthy!
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