Mindset matters a lot when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms and pain. But getting into the right mindset requires a great deal of behind the scenes education, changes, and assistance. Having the right mix makes a big difference for your senior.
Follow the Plan Set up by Her Doctor
After diagnosis, your senior’s doctor will lay out a plan for managing her arthritis symptoms. That plan is based on her current health, her needs, and the severity of her arthritis. Some of those changes might involve medication, changing her diet, and starting an exercise plan. Your senior’s doctor can even help her to find coping strategies that make a big difference in how she handles her arthritis.
Make Changes Slowly
There are a lot of potential changes coming your senior’s way after a diagnosis of arthritis. If she approaches those changes slowly and steadily, she’s going to be more likely to be able to stick with those changes in the long run. When those changes are ones that help her to feel better and to manage her pain levels, they’re important ones to keep around.
Rest a Little More Often
One recommendation that might be a big change for your senior is to hear that she should rest a little more often. Movement can definitely help sore joints, but if she wears herself out trying to move more, that’s not good for her, either. Rest helps her joints to heal as much as they’re able to. Home health care services can help your senior to be able to rest more easily.
Find Support Groups
Support groups can be a lot more helpful than you or your senior realize. Talking with other people who are going through the same things that she is going through can help your aging adult to learn how to deal with the situations she’s in. She’ll also be able to help other people with what she learns over time as she manages her own arthritis and determines what works for her. Having someone to talk to who understands can be a huge relief.
How your elderly family member approaches her arthritis management makes a big difference in both her future health and her current well-being. Help her to find a plan that works for every aspect of her life without limiting what she does on a daily basis. She can still live a full and happy life, even with severe arthritis.