Senior Arthritis: Living At Home With The Chronic Condition

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Living at home with arthritis can be challenging for seniors. Useful information about the chronic disease and tips for providing care to seniors at home.

No matter what you have done for yourself or others if you can't look back to see the love and attention given to your own family then what have you really given?”

— Stephanie Howe – Owner

ROBBINSVILLE, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Arthritis affects one out of four Americans in the United States, and seniors (older adults) represent the majority of those affected. Statistically, in New Jersey, roughly 20.5% of the population is affected by the disease, and again older adults represent the majority. To understand the various stages of living with arthritis in older adults, it is vital to discuss identifying, diagnosing, and managing the disease. Caregivers and in-home healthcare professionals should also be well-versed in managing the quality of life issues associated with the varying types of arthritis.

Types of Arthritis

There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common forms of this chronic condition are:
Osteoarthritis – known as degenerative joint disease or DJD, is by far the most common type of arthritis. DJD affects commonly affects fingers, hands, feet, and the spine, along with weight-bearing joints such as hips and knees. Osteoarthritis generally occurs with age, and the symptoms may come and go, but with severe cases, chronic pain can be continuous. Some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis or DJD are pain and stiffness in joints like the hands, knees, and hips, joints that are tender and warm, swelling, and a limited range of motion may also be exhibited. DJD treatment usually focuses on reducing pain and improving movement or range of motion. Medications for arthritis can include pain, relievers, and anti-inflammatories. Over-the-counter medicines like Acetaminophen, ibuprofen (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs) are regularly prescribed. Physicians generally prescribe prescription drugs like Corticosteroids, including Prednisone for pain management and reduction of inflammation. All medications and drugs can have side effects that should be noted and discussed with a physician. Physical therapy and occupational therapy are commonly prescribed.

Rheumatoid arthritis – known as RA it is a chronic inflammatory disorder causing inflammation of the joints and/or chronic pain. RA, an autoimmune disease, can affect more than just your joints or cause joint pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can damage or harm a wide variety of a person's bodily systems, like skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. RA is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system attacks its own body's tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of one's joints, which can cause swelling and pain, which can lead to bone erosion and/or deformities of joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an arthritic condition that may also be a cause of disability. Over-the-counter drugs like those used in osteoarthritis and other treatment options like disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can also be prescribed to combat the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.

Diagnosis:

Medical professionals will usually perform a physical examination, review available genetic information and medical history, which are used to identify the type of arthritis that a person may have. Blood tests, X-rays, and other types of imaging may be necessary as well to identify the form of arthritis. The type and severity of arthritis will determine the ongoing arthritis treatment plan. Arthritis cannot be cured, but most forms of arthritis can be managed by limiting the impact it has on seniors.

Strategies for arthritis treatment:

A physician can develop and recommend pain management strategies, physical activity, or physical therapy as part of your arthritis treatment allowing seniors a better quality of life while staying in their homes.

Lifestyle changes: Seniors with arthritic conditions may need to limit or stop performing some activities, including hobbies. Seniors can be adaptive and resourceful, and with a little planning, they may still be able to do all the things that they enjoy. For example, some seniors may like to cook, but they cannot stand for long periods due to their arthritic condition and their chronic pain. Having a stool or chair available in the kitchen is useful and can be helpful, allowing your loved one the opportunity to rest and regroup while still performing a task that they love. Seniors with arthritic conditions have been known to use parts of the body not affected by arthritis to perform tasks like opening doors. Someone that is experiencing arthritis pain in their wrist could open the door using their shoulder or an elbow.

Movement: For some types of arthritis, sitting or working in one position for too long can cause the condition to worsen. Moving, walking, and stretching every 15 minutes can be helpful. For some, setting an alarm as a reminder to prompt movement can be beneficial.
Weight– Maintaining a healthy weight is helpful when managing arthritis. Excess weight causes additional strain on your joints and could worsen your condition. A medical professional or physician can recommend changes in diet or weight loss as a means of weight control to reduce joint strain. Before starting any weight control, weight loss or diet plan, or new physical activities, you or your loved one should consult with a medical professional.

Both education and awareness are critical components to understanding arthritis and any senior that may have been diagnosed or have arthritis should work with a healthcare professional to develop coping strategies.

Comfort Keepers®Can Help

A care plan minimizing the impact of arthritis on a senior or loved one can minimize the impact of the disease on their lives. Comfort Keepers can help and provide nurturing support to your loved one. Robbinsville Comfort Keepers remind clients to take medication, provide transportation to and from scheduled appointments while supporting physician-prescribed exercise and diets.

Your comfort keeper will assist in following care plans and will also help with day-to-day activities like cooking, cleaning, and physical care. Your comfort keeper works to make sure the senior loved one in your life finds joy and happiness each day, no matter their age or abilities. To learn more about our senior care services, contact your in-home care Robbinsville team from Comfort Keepers today.

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Seniors and Social Media: There Are Signs of a Positive Impact With Older Adults

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Debunking a myth that says: people needing in-home care in Portland do not use social media due to age or cognitive problems. Facts are researched

Taking care of our seniors and senior parents is not a duty it is a responsibility”

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PORTLAND, OREGAN, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is a myth that claims that seniors or older people do not use social media, social media platforms, and other technology because of cognitive deficits or their age. The facts show that older people have been flocking to social media and social media sites at a brisk pace. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and even Google hangouts show increasing usage and adoption rates by older people. For the purposes of this article, older people or seniors are defined as age 65 or above. In-home care Portland and senior care services are discussed.

The Pew Research Center reported in August 2019 that 46% of older adults (ages 65 and above) are using Facebook's social media platform. That same Pew Research Center report showed that 38% of older adults are using YouTube's social media platform. The report goes on to cover the other social media outlets that older adult use. For example, 15% of older adults use Pinterest, and 11% of older people use Linkedin's social media site.

In 2018, older people age 65 and above numbered over 52 million seniors.

The Pew Research Center also published its social media fact sheet in June 2019, which shows that in America, 40% of older people use just one social media platform, and that is Facebook.

Social Media Use Benefits Senior Mentally and Physically

Older adults report that experiencing positive social media usage can elevate their moods. An American Psychological Association (APA) study showed that there could be benefits of social media usage to senior citizens on social networking sites. The 65 and older age group participated in healthy activities that like cooking healthier meals, and they also found easier ways to maintain and clean their homes. Lower blood pressure and reduced instances of diabetes, along with the lessening of unhealthy habits such as smoking, were found. Depression could also be reduced. Gains in healthy activities and better overall health may be attributed to the self-education of older adults covering a wide variety of topics, including the latest technology trends available to senior citizens.

Social Media and Closer Family Interactions

Facebook, which Pew showed as the largest social media platform used by older people, is expressly useful for keeping family members in touch with or connected to senior loved ones. Social media networking can make it easier for younger people to stay in touch and communicate more frequently with senior citizens that are living longer and staying in their homes. These social media conversations can help to bridge generation gaps by keeping family members in contact with older people.

Sharing current photos allows seniors to see their grandchildren change and grow, and creates a closeness and involvement that may not have existed, especially if the family isn't living close by. Video chats also are a great way to communicate in real-time. There is also the opportunity to relive fond memories or create new ones through postings of photos and home videos.

Family Peace of Mind

When a family lives apart, there can be stress and anxiety on both ends. Social media allows seniors and their families an easy way to check-in as often as they wish. This is especially important if the senior is living alone and may experience ill health, a fall, or may not be eating or sleeping well, taking medications, or getting any form of exercise. Family caregivers can use social media to ask critical questions that will let them know what's occurring in their loved one's life.

Community Engagement and a Sense of Belonging

Feeling connected is very important to any senior's wellbeing. Social media allows the senior to make plans with others to meet up outside of the home. It also allows seniors who are unable to leave home to socialize online to combat loneliness.

Shopping Online offers Convenience and Savings

Seniors that have physical limitations or have lost the ability to drive can use social media to learn about products or services available to them. Online reviews can help an older adult to shop confidently online. Seniors can take advantage of home delivery for groceries, products, and services. Seniors on fixed incomes can take advantage of the power of price comparisons, coupons, online sales, and other money-saving benefits.

Senior Citizens Must Exercise Caution

While there are many benefits to older generations of social media and online activities; Caregivers can act as a roadblock to scammers phishing scams and other internet ills. Caregivers can uncover who your loved ones are speaking with and what they are speaking about. Caregivers can learn about scams or scammers that have been in contact with your loved one. The caregiver makes sure that your family member is only connecting with trustworthy people. They can also be an onsite set of eyes showing when older people may be overspending or having unnecessary items delivered that the loved one doesn't need or want.

Learning How to Use Social Media

The AARP organization has a community technology forum, which is a resource where older adults can learn not just about social media but about apps, blogs, and websites and technology that may be useful to them and their family members.

Comfort Keepers® Can Help

When Portland area seniors need help living at home, companionship, and socialization, they can count on the trusted caregivers at Portland Comfort Keepers, whose Senior Care team will help and care for your loved one. As part of our service offering, our caregivers can also provide everything from meal preparation to dependable transportation. Call your local Portland Comfort Keepers Office (503) 643-2010 to learn more about our services or schedule an assessment for your loved one.

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Managing Parkinson’s: The Disease and Symptoms

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Caregivers and family members need to understand what those suffering from Parkinson's disease are dealing with. Symptoms, therapies, and managing strategies.

No matter what you have done for yourself or others if you can't look back to see the love and attention given to your own family then what have you really given?”

— Stephanie Howe – Owner

TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that currently affects at least 500,000 people in the United States and usually requires in-home care Toms River and senior care services in Toms River. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the U.S. after Alzheimer's disease. Parkinson's disease typically starts showing symptoms after age 60, and the number of people affected by Parkinson's is increasing as the population ages.

Known to some as just Parkinson or Parkinson disease, it can significantly impact people's quality of life and make daily living a chore that gets more difficult with age.

Some symptoms of Parkinson's include

Stiff Limbs

Tremors

Balance problems

Cognitive impairment

Mood disorders (Non-Motor Symptoms)

Short steps and slowed movement (bradykinesia)

Speech and writing changes

Head bobbing (dyskinesia)

Fidgeting (dyskinesia)

Swaying (dyskinesia)

According to WebMD, tremors and stiff limbs may be familiar symptoms for those with Parkinson's disease. Other movements that can't be controlled like swaying and head bobbing or fidgeting. These symptoms are signs of dyskinesia. Dyskinesia often happens as a side effect to a Parkinson's drug levodopa which is used as a treatment option for Parkinson's disease patients.

There are also support groups across the country.

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is a grassroots advocacy organization that since 1961 has been working from their New York location to provide information about the multitudes of services available to those that have Parkinson's disease.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Science has a Parkinson's disease program that provides grants and other support. Scientists are investigating how diet, exercise, pesticides, and other environmental factors might increase or decrease a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Movement disorder specialists report that the disease can manifest in many ways with motor fluctuations.

Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Weakening sense of smell and taste.

Sleep disorders. This includes insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, vivid dreams, to name a few.

Mood disorders. This includes irritability, impulsive behaviors, anxiety, and depression.

Seniors, loved ones and family members struggle to deal with understanding Parkinson's, the side effects of all of the available Parkinson's disease drugs and the various therapies used in daily life for the treatment of Parkinson's which can be exhausting to someone suffering from the disease and for their family members.

Some Treatments and Therapies

There are ways to control the side effects of dyskinesia, well being, and for managing Parkinson's disease. Get medical advice from your neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other trusted healthcare professional.

COMT is an enzyme that metabolizes or degrades neurotransmitters such as dopamine, and COMT is another tool used to ward off the potential side effects of Parkinson's disease drugs.

According to Parkinson.org, MAO-B inhibitors can be used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's. They reportedly prevent the breakdown of the chemical messenger dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical messenger made in the brain. The symptoms of Parkinson's appear when your dopamine levels become too low. Additionally, a class of drugs known as Dopamine Agonists is another treatment option for the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is another treatment for symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremors, stiffness, and trouble walking. It can also treat the side effects of Parkinson's medicines. DBS isn't a cure for Parkinson's and won't stop it from getting worse.

Support Groups

There are also support groups that can be found across the country that help deal with the management of Parkinson's disease. The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is a grassroots organization that since 1961 has been working from their New York location to provide information about the multitudes of services available to those that suffer from Parkinson's disease.

While there is no known cure for Parkinson's, taking steps to manage the disease can increase a senior's quality of life and help to reduce the impact of symptoms.

Those that have been diagnosed with Parkinson's should discuss management strategies with a healthcare professional. There are a variety of medications, like anticholinergic drugs and physical therapies, that a doctor can recommend.

Managing Parkinson's disease symptom and everyday strategies

Finding ways to relieve stress: There is ample evidence that stress can make symptoms worse. However, they usually return to normal levels once the cause of stress is removed. Activities that can help reduce stress include meditation, yoga, deep breathing, getting outside, spending time with loved ones, participating in hobbies or exercise, and physical activity approved by a physician.

Maintaining a good diet: For those with Parkinson's, proper nutrition will not only help manage symptoms but can help slow the progression of the disease in some seniors. In addition to healthy, nutritious food, it's essential to prevent dehydration too.

Adapting your home: Depending on the Parkinson's symptoms that someone is experiencing, there are a variety of ways to improve everyday life with a few adjustments to living space. For those with trouble walking, or those that need a wheelchair, wide walkways help manage mobility. Mattresses with adjustable features can be helpful for anyone with difficulty getting in and out of bed, and grab bars may be useful for those with balance issues.

Preventing falls: Having trouble walking is a common Parkinson's disease symptom. Minimizing fall risk is a crucial safety management strategy that is easy to execute. Wearing proper footwear, making sure rooms are adequately lit, and removing trip hazards can all help reduce the risk of falls.

Getting help: Having a professional Caregiver, care team, or family member in place assisting your loved one with their daily tasks can further reduce their stress, improve mental health, and relief the worry by family members.

Comfort Keepers® Can Help

The well trained and versatile Toms River's Comfort Keepers can also help with mobility, improve home safety, provide transportation to appointments, events, errands, and shopping can help seniors aging at home maintain positive mental health. Our caregivers remind seniors when it is time to take medications, can read labels and instructions to your loved one.

For those who need help living and coping in their homes, in-home caregivers like the professional caregivers at Toms River Comfort Keepers can help with stress management, monitor, and control physician-approved diet and exercise plans. Call the Toms River Comfort Keepers at (732) 557-0010 for an assessment of your loved one's needs and how we may help.

This article was originally published by Comfort Keepers in Toms River, NJ at this location: https://tomsriver-385.comfortkeepers.com/home/locations/toms-river-nj

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Preventing Senior Falls: Senior Fall Prevention Strategies

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Seniors can easily fall while in their own homes.This article discusses strategies for senior fall prevention with ideas, tips for making seniors safer at home

No matter what you have done for yourself or others if you can't look back to see the love and attention given to your own family then what have you really given?”

— Stephanie Howe – Owner

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every year, 3 million seniors are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries, as reported by the CDC. And, falling once doubles someone's chances of falling again.

Preventing falls and accidents in the home is one of the most crucial planning strategies for helping older family members stay independent. Fractures, head injuries, hip fractures, broken bones, and other serious injuries can cause long term mobility issues and have lasting physical effects. And, after an injury occurs, it can affect a senior's ability to live the way they want and enjoy the same lifestyle and activities that they once did.

Unfortunately, some health issues occur more often as we age, which can also make older persons more likely to fall.

These risk factors can include the following:

Alzheimer's disease and other dementia
Low blood pressure
Poor vision
Muscle weakness
Heart disease
Parkinson's disease
Malnutrition
Pain or sensitivity in the feet or legs
Ear infections or inflammation

There are some precautions that both senior adults and their families can take to reduce the likelihood of a fall.

Evaluating the individual's risk factors and taking preventative measures in a way that acknowledges the unique lifestyle, needs, and health of a senior can help.

Evaluate choice of footwear– Shoes that have an open back, don't fit properly, are worn out, or have a slippery bottom can all contribute to balance problems or tripping. There is a wide selection of safe shoe options to fit any activity and personal style – who says safe shoes have to be boring?

Understand the effects of medication– Seniors and their families should make it a point to discuss with a healthcare professional how a person's specific medications – both over-the-counter and prescription – can have side effects that cause balance issues or dizziness.

Minimize trip hazards– Sure, some fall hazards are rather obvious; slippery shower floors, flights of stairs, or cords that are too far from a wall outlet. But, there are also less obvious features that can be an issue for someone with dizziness or vision loss. These can include certain types of carpeting, loose throw rugs, dimly lit hallways, or a pet toy in the middle of the floor. Removing the hazard or installing safety devices, like grab bars, handrails, non-slip mats, and brighter light bulbs, can help.

Nutrition and exercise– Engaging in healthy habits when it comes to exercise programs and diet plans can prevent weakness in the legs and feet and can reduce pain. The NCOA and CDC promote community-based programs, including A Matter of Balance, Stepping On, and Tai Chi, which all promote fall prevention physical activity. Seniors should always talk to their primary physician, occupational therapist, and or physical therapist about any diet and exercise program. They can ask specific questions about how these things affect their fall risk factors.

Make mental health a priority – Studies have shown that there is a distinct correlation between depression in seniors and falls. One report explains that "both depression and fear of falling are associated with impairment of gait and balance." Positive mental health can improve many areas of a senior's life, and reduced fall risk is one of the incredible benefits. Connecting with loved ones, engaging in enjoyable activities, finding a sense of purpose, and experiencing joy can improve physical and mental quality of life.

In some cases, families only consider fall prevention tactics after a loved one is hurt. Taking precautions before an accident occurs can help older adults maintain their physical health and their independence and reduce the risk of falling.

Comfort Keepers® Monroe Can Help

The professional Caregiver team at Monroe Comfort Keepers provides a thorough home evaluation to minimize hazards in the home – including a fall risk evaluation. Our in-home caregivers help with mobility issues, provide light cleaning services, provide transportation to and from physician visits, shopping, running errands, and more.

The Comfort Keepers of Monroe even support exercise and diet plans that are physician prescribed. The Caregiver professionals' ultimate goal is to keep seniors and those aging in their homes, safe, happy, and well cared for while providing comfort to their family members.

We ensure that their loved ones are being carefully monitored and are receiving compassionate senior care services.

To learn more about our short-term and long-term care services, contact Comfort Keepers of Monroe today at (732) 557-0010

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Statistics and information about older adult falls

National Council on Aging – Information on fall prevention programs

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing®, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising, and content marketing firm located in Wynnewood, PA.

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KODA INT'L TAPS NLTV STUDIOS AND RED DIAMOND ENTERTAINMENT TO LAUNCH 3 MAJOR MULTI-MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

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The international Equity and Investment Company Koda International Ltd. (KI) went to 2 of the industries very best to launch 3 international Media Campaigns.

LONDON, ENGLAND, October 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The international Equity and Investment Company Koda International, Ltd. (KI) went to 2 of the industries very best to launch a trifecta of TV & Film based international Media Campaigns worldwide.

The primary objective of KI is facilitating UHNWI entities and Family Offices with exclusive like-minded relationships; consultation in an advisory capacity and the holding of multiple managerial positions with strategic partners; developing joint ventures/investment alongside partners; and forging self-driven projects with proven concepts and on the ground diligence. And KI is bringing in 2 of the industries biggest powerhouses to do the Creative and TV & Film Production for 3 of KI's biggest new projects:

• An opportunistic digital marketing company focusing on strategic locations yet to be exposed to the simple but effective and dynamic advertisement of the modern era.
• An inspiring school protective system modeled off the Israelis designed to protect and serve the children of the United States. However only the highest standard of combat veteran Special Operations instructors are utilized, the top 1% of Special Operations forces. Ensuring that standard is never sacrificed when it comes to the diligent protection of our children.
• A mission based technology company uniquely developed to transform the world’s standard of technological real time application and adjustment of public media for the individual or company’s needs, without technological overhaul.

"We brought in NLTV and RDE because these projects have the 8 figure backing of multiple International Family Offices who are demanding that the Production values of the media used in the promotions of these ventures match the quintessential quality of the projects themselves, and the Family Offices behind them", said KI President Nicholas Seedsman. "And we knew that, with NLTV and RDE, we'd get the high end results our clients demand".

"When we heard from Nick at KI, we immediately knew the projects would be the type of projects Producers and Directors dream about: challenging, inspirational, well funded, and a 'no compromise', 'nothing but the very best will do' mission statement…so we couldn't resist", quipped Executive Producer Mark Allan. "We know we'll need our best Teams putting forth their best efforts for these projects. But with a Budget and Creative Parameters like KI is setting up here…it's going to be an exciting run".

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