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5 Reasons Seniors with Arthritis Should Lose Weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 93 million of people in the United States are obese. The CDC defines obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. People who are overweight have a BMI of between 25 and 30. If your aging relative is overweight and obese and has arthritis, their weight could be making the pain worse.

Below are 5 reasons seniors who have arthritis may want to try to lose weight.

Elderly Care Petaluma CA - 5 Reasons Seniors with Arthritis Should Lose Weight

Elderly Care Petaluma CA – 5 Reasons Seniors with Arthritis Should Lose Weight

#1: Losing Weight Takes Pressure Off Joints

Just 10 pounds of extra weight places between 30 and 40 pounds of pressure on the knees with every step your aging relative takes. In fact, carrying excess pounds puts a person at a 5 times greater risk of developing osteoarthritis. In one study, people who had osteoarthritis and lost weight over an 18-month period reported feeling less knee pain.

#2: Improved Overall Health

Losing weight can help your aging relative to feel better overall. Being at a healthy weight could increase their energy and improve other conditions associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure and obesity.

#3: Reduce Inflammation

Obesity has been linked to inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be measured by the presence of certain chemicals in the body. Researchers have discovered that when a person loses weight, the levels of chemicals associated with inflammation go down.

#4: Better Sleep

Pain caused by arthritis can interfere with sleep. Over time, it can lead to insomnia. Losing weight and being more physically active reduces the pain, making sleep easier and more restful.

#5: Save Money

Losing weight and decreasing arthritis pain may actually save your aging relative some money. Arthritis treatment and loss of earned wages because of pain costs Americans about $128 billion per year. Individual costs can be a burden on people with arthritis who must pay for medications and medical appointments. When arthritis symptoms are lessened, costs may go down.

If your aging relative has arthritis, an elderly care provider can assist them with regular daily activities and help them to lose weight. Elderly care providers can help with tasks around the house that may be difficult due to arthritis, such as cooking and cleaning. Elderly care providers can also prevent seniors with arthritic knees or hips from falling by walking with them and helping them to stand up from chairs. If your aging relative would like to lose some weight, an elderly care provider can help by cooking healthy meals for them and assisting them to be more physically active.

Sources:  https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/reasons-lose-weight-with-arthritis/
https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/obesity-arthritis/fat-and-arthritis.php
https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/features/weight-joint-pain
https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html

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Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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