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Seniors face many different health risks as they get older and bad joints are one of them. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to improve joint health. Here are a few suggestions from the knowledgeable staff at Santa Clarita Home Care Assistance.
Exercise is great for the joints, but isn’t always easy to do when they already hurt during movement. Water exercise can help with this, as it has less of an impact on the joints while still being beneficial for the entire body.
Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation within the body, which means less inflammation around the joints to help with comfort. You can get this vitamin from supplements, although most doctors recommend eating foods like apricots, oranges and strawberries that are rich in the nutrient.
Some seniors can benefit from using walking devices to help reduce the amount of pressure put on their joints during movement. However, choosing one of these requires the help of experienced professionals, such as physical therapists.
Stretching is beneficial because it helps relieve stress, prevent injuries, and release pressure on joints. This should always be done before exercising, although most people can benefit from doing it in the morning and at night as well.
The capsaicin found in chili peppers is incredibly beneficial for reducing inflammation. If your senior loved one enjoys spicy foods, add chili peppers to meals regularly or purchase a capsaicin cream instead. When rubbed on the joints, it can help reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
Results from recent studies suggest avocado and soy supplements can ease joint inflammation for several months. Your loved one can also eat more avocado and soy as an alternative to taking the supplements.
Interested in learning more about senior health and wellness? Home Care Assistance in Santa Clarita has you covered. We are a leading provider of hourly and live-in senior care in Santa Clarita, and all of our care services include the use of our Balanced Care Method. This proprietary, holistic approach focuses on nutrition, exercise, and purpose to help seniors maintain a high-quality lifestyle. For more information, give us a call at 661.259.9914.