Arthritis symptoms like joint pain are often less noticeable when temperatures are warmer, but some seniors experience worsening symptoms. Here are a few ways your senior loved one can fight arthritis pain in the summer weather.
Perform Low-Impact Activities
Regular exercise is usually recommended to reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, but strenuous activities may cause injuries that worsen pain. Seniors who are mostly sedentary during winter months are more susceptible to injuries like sprains. Low-impact activities or modified exercises like gardening and swimming are options that allow your loved one to enjoy the outdoors without the risk of injury.
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Discuss Seasonal Treatment Plans
Humidity and extreme temperatures can reduce the effectiveness of some medications. Changes in atmospheric pressure, humidity, and warmer temperatures also increase the inflammation that causes pain and swelling. If pain medicines offer less relief in warm weather, seniors may need to switch them or have the dosage adjusted. Your loved one can talk to the doctor to develop a seasonal treatment plan that works to manage pain effectively.
Staying indoors is an easy way to manage arthritis symptoms. Use an air conditioner and fans to keep your loved one’s home cool, and consider installing a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is particularly helpful in regions with humid or rainy summers. Seniors who don’t have access to air conditioning at home should consider spending the hottest part of the day elsewhere, such as the library, a relative’s home, or a local senior center, to prevent serious heat-related illnesses.
If your loved one needs help staying cool in the summer or assistance in other ways that can help him or her stay healthy, consider hiring an in-home caregiver. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional homecare. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Use Topical Treatments
Seniors with mild symptoms may find relief from topical creams or ointments. Products that contain capsaicin, an ingredient found in spicy peppers, effectively relieve arthritis pain, and capsaicin can even reduce inflammation if your loved one eats fresh peppers. Peppermint soap and body wash offers mild relief and has a cooling effect that’s pleasant on warm days.
Drink More Water
Seniors with arthritis may experience more joint pain when they’re dehydrated. Joints are lubricated with cushioning fluid, which can decrease when temperatures fluctuate or when a person is dehydrated. Most people need at least 64 ounces of water daily, but this amount usually increases in hot weather. Some seniors also have health conditions that impact the amount of water they need to drink each day. Your loved one should talk to the doctor to determine how much water is recommended daily and learn how much water to drink if he or she spends time outdoors in hot weather.
Eat Fresh Summer Produce
The abundance of farm fresh fruits and vegetables available during summer offer a variety of vitamins and minerals that can fight inflammation. Try adding a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to your loved one’s diet. Some favorites to try are red and yellow sweet peppers, fresh berries, and herbs like ginger, garlic, and turmeric.
Whether you loved one is living with arthritis or another health issue, a professional caregiver can be of assistance in a variety of ways. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Rowlett Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To schedule a complimentary consultation, give us a call today at (972) 722-7833.