People with fibromyalgia experience pain and tenderness in several parts of their body. Muscles in the back, neck, hips, legs, shoulder, and arms are often affected by fibromyalgia. The pain tends to come and go. On days when the disease flares up, your aging relative may have difficulty doing many of their regular tasks. The pain also affects the quality of life of the older adult and may cause them to feel anxious or depressed. Easing the pain is an important part of the management of the disease. Below are 4 ways to help your older family member relieve fibromyalgia pain.
#1: Rest and Conserve Energy
Fibromyalgia can make older adults feel tired more easily. Engaging in too much activity can make them even more tired and can also cause them to feel more pain. Getting enough rest can reduce the chances of a flare up and help pain to pass more quickly. It’s also important that people with fibromyalgia save their energy for doing necessities and the things they enjoy. This can help them feel more in control of their lives and improve their emotional health.
Home care can make it easier for an older adult to rest during the day. A home care provider can take care of things around the house that need to be done, such as vacuuming, doing laundry, or making the beds.
#2: Include Physical Activity
Exercise may sound like it would make fibromyalgia pain worse. However, it actually helps to reduce symptoms over time. Older adults should talk to their doctor before starting a new exercise routine and then start slowly.
Home care providers can help your aging relative to be more physically active by going for walks with them, driving them to an exercise facility, or monitor them while they exercise at home, so they feel safe.
#3: Distract from the Pain
Sometimes there isn’t much you can do to make the pain go away but distracting them from the pain can help them to forget about it. Playing a favorite card game, watching a movie, or doing a relaxing activity can be enjoyable ways to forget about the pain.
Home care providers can do activities with the older adult to take their mind off the pain, like games, puzzles, crafts, or even just spend time talking.
#4: Learn Relaxation Techniques
Using relaxation techniques can help release tension from muscles, which may lessen the pain. Your aging relative may benefit from trying deep breathing, meditation, or visualizing a peaceful place.
A home care provider can help the senior to use relaxation techniques when they are bothered by pain, reminding them to take deep breaths or making the room quiet and calm for meditation or visualization.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.