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Few diagnoses can create such a
transition from the routine in life, as does arthritis.
Activities such as sports, traveling, and driving are
often too painful to continue, and realizing the
physical limitations can be disappointing. Being a
caregiver in times such as this can be a stressful
situation, but here are some tips that may allow the
caregiver to alleviate a loved one’s emotional and
physical pain associated with arthritis.
Become as educated as possible with
the conditions of arthritis and be knowledgeable on
any new treatment options available.
Because arthritis usually affects
the hands first, writing may be more difficult for
them, but finding the right balance of comfort may
only require a small triangle cushion found in many
office supply stores.
Pill reminders can reduce the stress
of taking pain medication throughout the day.
Do not let the loved one sit idle
and resting for long periods of time, as they may
become stiff and in pain if they begin moving.
Instead, make sure they move around at least a
little bit each hour to create blood flow and
movement in the legs and arms.
Just because a loved one may not be
able to do the activities they enjoyed doing in
years past, involving them in your life and your
families may provide that rewarding feeling of
An exercise routine can focus on
painful areas and reduce discomfort through better
Arrange cupboards and furniture with
their reduced flexibility and movement in mind.