Seniors often experience joint pain. Whether pain is the result of a chronic condition or physical activity, it’s important that seniors and their caregivers understand available options for how to alleviate joint pain. While there are some medications that can be prescribed to older adults, there are ways to reduce or even eliminate joint pain naturally.
Ginger is used to treat a variety of illnesses and age-related issues. Ginger tea contains an anti-inflammatory substance that can alleviate pain from both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It’s important to keep in mind that your senior loved one may not experience results right away. Try to incorporate a cup of ginger tea into your loved one’s regimen at least once a day and monitor pain to see if the tea provides benefits.
Living with joint pain can make it difficult to manage the tasks of everyday life. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Flower Mound seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is a great natural remedy for joint pain. The active ingredient that helps with pain is called oleocanthal, and it inhibits inflammatory enzymes. The same active ingredient is found in ibuprofen. The easiest way for your loved one to get his or her dose of extra virgin olive oil is through the diet. If you prepare your loved one’s meals, add two or three tablespoons twice a day to his or her food. If your loved one is willing, you can also rub the oil on the specific locations that are causing pain.
Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional at-home care. 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.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Because of apple cider vinegar’s alkalizing effect, it reduces the amount of accumulated toxins in connective tissues and joints. The result is natural relief from pain in the affected joints. While the best way to use apple cider vinegar is to mix it with extra virgin olive oil, you can also mix two to three tablespoons of the vinegar with a little honey into a cup of warm water and serve it to your parent as a comforting drink.
There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional senior care. Flower Mound families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place. If you need professional home care for your loved one, Home Care Assistance is just a phone call away. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (972) 468-6010.