We had a great information session for seniors this past Tuesday, February 7, with our very own Charlene Engstrom, Seniors Outreach Coordinator at Connexions, who talked about joint protection and techniques to help maintain functional ability for people suffering from arthritis. Charlene demonstrated different ways of doing household and personal care tasks to avoid pain, and she also showed us how to use some helpful assistive equipment such as hand splints and long-handled reachers.
The participants really enjoyed the session, noting that Charlene gave good advice and practical tips on how to manage daily tasks. The information presented was very helpful and the documentation and sample bags were chock-full of information, including our Health Passport and Rack Card.
What is arthritis? Arthritis is a chronic disease that has a devastating and debilitating effect on the lives of more than 4.6 million Canadians. And arthritis brings with it a burden of pain and disability that those living with this disease face every day. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which result in significant disability and poor quality of life.
What should you do to alleviate arthritis pain when performing every day tasks? Plan ahead, break up the task or activity into steps with rest periods in between, listen to your body regarding pain and use assistive equipment or gadgets when you can.