Whether you have just gotten started taking care of your senior, or you have been a family caregiver for years already, something that you are likely to have heard about frequently is arthritis. This is often discussed as the one of the most common issues among elderly adults, and also one of the most impactful. But just how common is arthritis, and how much can it really influence your parent?
Understanding this condition can help you to better develop a care approach to help your parent cope with their arthritis as they age in place.
Some things you should know about arthritis include:
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults throughout the United States.
- Approximately 54 million people throughout the United States have received a diagnosis of arthritis from their doctor.
- Experts estimate that nearly 80 million adults throughout the United States will have been diagnosed with arthritis by the year 2040.
- The most common form of arthritis is referred to as osteoarthritis.
- Approximately 31 million people throughout the United States have received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis.
- Approximately 26% of women have received a diagnosis of arthritis from their doctor.
- Approximately 18% of men have received a diagnosis of arthritis from their doctor.
- Approximately 47% of those who have diabetes have also received a diagnosis of arthritis.
- Approximately 49% of those who have heart disease have also received a diagnosis of arthritis.
- Approximately 31% of people who are considered obese have been diagnosed with arthritis.
Proper management of arthritis is essential for health and safety. If your senior is struggling with joint pain, stiffness, weakness, inflammation, or lack of range of motion, it is important they get medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor can put your parent on a course of treatment and management that is right for their needs to support mobility, reduce fall risk, improve safety, increase comfort, and more.
Mobility support from a home care provider can make a huge difference in the life of an elderly adult living with arthritis. The pain, stiffness, and lack of range of motion that comes from arthritis can make getting around more difficult, and increase risk for dangerous situations such as falls and other accidents. A home care services provider can help your parent navigate their home, perform tasks such as getting in and out of the bathtub or a vehicle more confidently, and stay active in ways that are healthy and promote joint strength. This can boost not just their physical well-being, but also their quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
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.