Senior Care in Stamford CT: Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week

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Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week



Senior Care in Stamford CT

Senior Care in Stamford CTOctober 12 – 22 is Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. This is a great opportunity to obtain information regarding the musculoskeletal system and the effects that aging has on this system that provides support, stability and movement. As people age, joint cartilage becomes thinner and the ligaments and tendons become brittle. This can lead to decreased range of motion and pain.

Diseases Affecting the Musculoskeletal System

Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by bone loss, can lead to bone fractures as well as vertebral compression fractures and affects 50 percent of the female and 20 percent of the male population over 85 years of age. Osteoarthritis, commonly affecting the hip and knee joints, is very pronounced in those 65-years and older. Both of these diseases lead to loss of mobility and independence among the elderly. The good news is that there are tools available to reduce the risk of developing these illnesses, and to reduce the symptoms once they have occurred.

Causes of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

Women experience bone loss after menopause because of decreased estrogen production. In addition, a diet deficient in key vitamins and minerals can be a precursor to a musculoskeletal disease. Traumatic injuries or repetitive stress on a particular joint can lead to degenerative arthritis with the effects of pain and reduced mobility not showing up until later in life.

What Can Be Done

There are several measures that can be incorporated into one’s lifestyle that can either play a preventative role or help control the symptoms after a musculoskeletal system disease has struck. Exercise is a vital element as it can add stability by strengthening the muscles that surround the joints. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and strength training, help to slow bone loss. Diet is another key factor. Make sure that it is rich in calcium and protein by including low fat dairy products, lean proteins, eggs, canned salmon or sardines, and dark leafy greens. Vitamin D, obtained from the sun, is also important for bone health. Maintaining the appropriate weight is an important measure as it relieves pressure on both the knees and hips. When pain does strike, interchanging hot and cold compresses can offer some relief, as well as applying over-the-counter pain cream.

Home Care Providers

If the to-do list seems overwhelming, home care providers can offer assistance. Taking loved ones out for walks, shopping for and preparing healthy meals, and reminding them to take appropriate vitamins or medications are but a few of the key fundamentals that they can provide. If further assistance is needed, light housekeeping, laundry, running errands, and help with dressing and bathing can be incorporated. Just having someone spend time with a loved one developing quality companionship goes a long way in
helping both the parent and the family members feel better.

Source
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523935/
https://www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis/
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/home/ovc-20207808

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969. 

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAM™.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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