Deteriorating joint health is one of the most common issues seniors face. As we age, ligaments tighten, the fluid that lubricates joints deteriorates, and normal wear-and-tear takes a toll. Luckily, there are ways to counteract these problems and reduce inflammation through exercise and diet.
Exercise may seem like an unlikely solution, but it is necessary for anyone with joint pain and stiffness. Some joints, like the shoulder, freeze if not exercised, resulting in a permanent loss of mobility. When exercising to maintain or promote better joint health, Columbus senior care professionals note that some ways are better than others:
- Water exercise or swimming laps allows for full range of motion without adding stress to aging joints or bones.
- Yoga and stretching can help alleviate stiffness and improve the strength of the surrounding muscles.
- Wii games may seem like child’s play, but they are a fun way to keep active without causing strain on the body. Bowling, tennis, golf, walking on a tight rope, or even running an obstacle course all help improve balance and keep knees, hips, and ankles flexible.
- Cardio workouts, like walking, help relieve overall inflammation in the body by increasing circulation and reducing weight.
What you eat can have a big impact on the your body works. Try to incorporate the following foods into your loved one’s diet on a regular basis.
- Salmon and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Leafy green vegetables
- Walnuts and other nuts rich in omega-6 fatty acids
- Dairy products with calcium and added vitamin D
- Bone broth
Try to avoid the following foods, as they can increase inflammation, cause stiffness and swelling, and increase weight gain.
- Processed foods
- Trans fats and semi-hydrogenated fats
Interested in learning more about senior health? Turn to the knowledgeable staff at Home Care Assistance. We’re a leading provider of senior home care, including specialized Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s care Columbus families trust. Give us a call at (614) 481-8888 to speak with a dedicated Care Manager and find out how our care services can benefit both you and your senior loved one.