Do You Know These Facts About Arthritis?

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Arthritis. It’s a common problem for older adults. So common, in fact, that many people feel like they know quite a bit about it. While that’s probably true for some people, some family caregivers may not be as familiar with arthritis. Knowing some facts about the condition can help you to feel more confident and comfortable about being a family caregiver to an older adult with arthritis.

Below are some interesting and useful facts about arthritis.

Arthritis is Common and Costly

Elderly Care Mt. Lebanon PA - Do You Know These Facts About Arthritis?

Elderly Care Mt. Lebanon PA – Do You Know These Facts About Arthritis?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 54 million people in the United States have some kind of arthritis. That’s about 23 percent of American adults. The Arthritis Foundation says that by the year 2040, there will be more than 78 million people with arthritis. Each year, arthritis costs about $140 billion in direct medical costs. In fact, arthritis is believed to be one of the five most expensive medical conditions in adults.

Osteoarthritis is the Most Common Kind of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear-and-tear on joints, is the most common kind of arthritis. It affects 27 million people in the United States. The disease is usually caused by aging but can also be caused by injury to a joint.

Arthritis Often Occurs with Other Medical Problems

Many people who have arthritis also have other medical problems. According to the Arthritis Foundation, of those who have arthritis:

  • 49 percent have heart disease.
  • 47 percent have diabetes.
  • 31 percent are obese.

 

There is No Cure for Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic condition with no cure. However, there are treatments available that can help to reduce arthritis pain. The treatment the doctor suggests will depend on the kind of arthritis the senior has. In addition, there are many things that can be done at home, such as losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and using heat or cold to relieve pain.

Elderly Care Can Help Seniors with Arthritis

Many people think of elderly care as being only for very seriously ill people, like people who have had a stroke or who have cancer. However, seniors with arthritis can benefit from elderly care, too. Arthritis can make doing certain tasks very difficult. Elderly care providers can help with things like fastening clothing, opening cans, and writing. In addition, an elderly care provider can help an older adult with mobility problems due to arthritis to walk safely around the house and when they are in public.

Sources:  https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/arthritis.htm
https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritis-statistics-facts.php
https://www.verywellhealth.com/arthritis-the-basic-facts-189354

If you or a loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Mt. Lebanon PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.

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Laura Partridge, the Business Development Manager for Star Multi Care Services has been with the company since 2002. Prior to her current role, she had served as the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch for 10 years, as well as holding positions within health systems in New York and Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator and Regional Director of Operations of Independent and Assisted Living facilities. Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters. Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners. Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home. Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog. They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele