Senior helpers in home elder care of spokane, washington, raises awareness about arthritis

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  • 1. Senior Helpers In Home Elder Care of Spokane, Washington, Raises Awareness About Arthritis  <br />Learn about an “invisible” form of arthritis plaguing thousands of seniors today  <br />(Spokane, Washington  – May 2011)  – One in five adults in the United States is experiencing some form of arthritis. May is Arthritis Awareness Month and Senior Helpers of Spokane, Washington (WA), a local senior care company that provides in-home and companion care services for seniors, is raising awareness about the most common type of arthritis among seniors, osteoarthritis, and  the most “invisible” arthritis-related condition, fibromyalgia. Mike Godek with Senior Helpers of Spokane, Washington (WA) is encouraging families to talk with their aging parents and grandparents about some simple lifestyle changes that can help reduce the pain.  <br />Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints. Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of the cartilage that protects the ends of our bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and start rubbing against each other, causing pain at the joints. There is no one specific cause of osteoarthritis, but overuse of your joints or former injury, weight and genes all play a determining role.  <br />Fibromyalgia can be a very uncomfortable arthritis-related condition that the medical community is still researching because the symptoms are often “invisible.” In many cases, the most common complaints are constantly feeling tired and pain throughout the entire body. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still not known.      <br />“50 million people in this country are diagnosed with some form of arthritis by a doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” says Mike Godek with Senior Helpers of Spokane, Washington (WA). “Arthritis can be a ‘silent pain’ among seniors, but they do not have to suffer through it alone. Our caregivers work side‐by-side with the elderly to keep them moving and to help them with chores they cannot do because they are in pain. If families cannot be with their loved ones all the time or live far away, they can use our caregivers to help.”  <br />Fast Facts About Arthritis:  <br />•...Women are more likely to suffer than men  <br />•...Second to heart disease as a reason for work disability  <br />•...Results in 39 million visits to the doctor/year<br />•...Results in more than half a million hospitalizations/year  <br />Get Moving, Feel Better: <br />Health experts say moving is the best medicine for seniors with arthritis! Exercise helps strengthen joints, enhance bone strength and promote healthy sleeping patterns. Below is a list of the most beneficial exercises for seniors with arthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic.  <br />Low‐impact, aerobic exercise is the best choice for seniors with arthritis.  <br />•...Swimming: It is easy on the joints and does not cause pain, like running can. The Mayo Clinic recommends seniors to swim 20-30 minutes, 3 times a week.  <br />•...Bicycling: Keeps joints flexible but strong, and reduces joint pain. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends bicycling several times a week.  •...Strength Training: Other than building muscle strength, lifting weights increases bone density and helps protect the joints. Bicep curls and lateral raises with light, free weights are recommended several times a week.  <br />•...Yoga: Helps increase blood circulation. It also strengthens flexibility and balance which is key for seniors to avoid serious falls.  <br />“We make sure our senior clients stay active, even if it simply means walking with them around the block,” says Godek. “We are here to keep them moving when families cannot be there.“  <br /> ***<br /> Sources: The Arthritis Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, AAOS, CDCP, Yoga Journal.  <br />Media Contact:  Mike Godek, (509) 922-4333,<br /> For more information about Senior Helpers, please visit:<br /># # #<br />About Senior Helpers:<br />Senior Helpers provides many in- home, caregiving services for the elderly in Spokane, Colbert, Nine Mile Falls, Cheney, Colville and surrounding areas.  We offer extensive in-home care services for seniors who embrace their independence and the personal dignity that goes with it.  Our in-home care services are provided by bonded and insured caregivers all of whom pass a national background check.<br />If a senior family member needs in-home care services in Spokane County WA and Stevens County WA, we are an excellent choice with exemplary references.  In home health care is the compassionate choice for your elderly loved ones' continued independent living. We promise we will do our best to make it a positive experience for them and you.  For more information, please visit: <br />