According to the latest CDC data, it is estimated that over 58 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with arthritis – of those, 49.6% are over the age of 65. Symptoms of arthritis can include pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased motion, and more. While medication is part of treatment, there are exercises seniors can do to help with symptoms. (As always, check with your doctor before beginning any. New exercise program.)
A simple walking routine is the best place to start for people living with arthritis. It is a low-impact activity that can relieve pain, stiffness, and swelling. The ideal walking time is 30 minutes per day, five times per week. If you experience pain in weight-bearing joints (like the hip or knee), try using a walking pole to help with stability. The best part about a walking routine? It’s easy, free, and can be done anywhere!
Seniors with access to a pool or water exercise classes can experience the benefits of water exercise. Water supports your body while exercising, reducing the impact on your joints. The water’s natural resistance will also help build stronger muscle mass.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that involves slow movements and deep breathing and increases muscular strength, protects joints, and reduces pain and stiffness. These benefits of Tai Chi also improve mobility and decrease fall risk among seniors.
Check out the SCOA calendar of events to learn about Tai Chi classes offered, both in-person or virtually.
Our Aging & Disability Resource Connection hotline is available to share valuable resources that might help manage arthritis. Call us at 1-800-282-6612 and speak with a representative today.