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Arthritis: Complications and Care

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Aging brings about many changes in the body that can often lead to chronic illness. One of the most common is arthritis, which half of adults 65 and older are affected by. Along with pain, arthritis can cause struggles with activities of daily living (ADLs). Seniors with arthritis may have trouble buttoning a shirt, opening a jar, or reaching for an object on a high shelf. Just walking around the house can be cumbersome for those with arthritis in the knees and hips. Around 18 percent of disabilities are caused by some form of arthritis, which makes it the most…

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Five Essential Tips for Living with Arthritis

As temperatures begin to drop this season, the millions of seniors with arthritis will most likely experience an increase in pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints. Nearly half of those over 65 have arthritis. While there is no cure, seniors who suffer from arthritis can manage their symptoms with the following tips.   Exercise While the symptoms of arthritis may make exercise seem impossible, it’s probably the best form of medicine, said Neil Roth, M.D., an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “It is a catch 22, because arthritis pain can prevent a…

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