It can be a vicious pattern: the continuing aches of arthritis intensify levels of anxiety and stress, which in turn can actually further aggravate the pain of arthritis. Without taking intentional steps to stop the cycle and reinstate a sense of calm and wellbeing, arthritic symptoms may continue to exacerbate, along with a number of other physical problems.
Enhanced Home Care helps older adults with arthritis, and other conditions of aging, to enhance quality of life with hands-on support with care as well as encouragement to engage in enjoyable activities, including those to help unwind and reduce tension. Several of our top ideas include:
- Exercise. There’s truly nothing better to push back anxiety than to get your heart rate up through active movement, which releases calming endorphins. Exercise is also crucial for older adults with arthritis to strengthen muscles and joints, and keep weight within a healthy range. A physician should be conferred with before starting any exercise regimen, but with his or her approval, effective options to try can include dancing, swimming, Tai Chi, yoga, or riding a stationary bike, just to name a few.
- Breathe. Simple deep breathing exercises can work wonders in enabling us to relax, and are particularly advantageous after exercise. Take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable seat, close your eyes, breathe in as you count to five, breathe out to the count of five, and repeat.
- Share. Talking with a trustworthy counselor, clergy member, friend/family member, or one of Enhanced Home Care’s compassionate caregivers is a wonderful way to let go of anxious feelings in a safe setting. Or if discussing personal issues is difficult, writing in a journal or diary can be helpful as well. Instead of seeking a solution, the objective should be to simply be heard and understood.
Enhanced Home Care, Kansas City’s premier home care provider, is on hand to help seniors decrease stress and anxiety, better control chronic conditions like arthritis, and enjoy a better quality of life. Sometimes just having a friendly companion by your side makes all the difference between a great day and an average day.
Our skilled, compassionate caregivers love spending time with older adults, whether it’s playing a favorite board game, taking a walk around the neighborhood, looking through photo albums and reminiscing, or providing transportation and accompaniment to engage in enjoyable activities in the community. We help make life more comfortable as well, through personal care services, light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, and more.
You can reach us any time at 913-327-0000 or fill out our simple online contact form to learn more.