May is Arthritis Awareness Month

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The CDC, the Arthritis Foundation and other partners have all come together to observe Arthritis Awarness during the month of May.  The CDC reports that the widespread disease affects about one in four adults in the U.S., and currently 54 million men and women as well as an etimated 300,000 childern have the disease.

Research has found that while there is a genetic predisposition to arthritis, it can also be a result of envirnomental factors including toxins and viruses or damage due to excessive repetitive motions. Signs you may be developing arthritis include joint pain and swelling, stiffnes or deformity of joints, lumps and bumps around joints, joint tenderness, and warm or red joints.  While there is no cure for arthritis, doctors recommend regular physical actitivity, maintaining a health weight and diet, and using hot and/or cold packs.  Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help, but before taking any medication, please consult with your health care provider.

The CDC says walking can be the best form of exercise for someone suffering from arthritis.  They explain that, “All adults, including adults with arthritis, should get 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) per week and do muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week.”  If you are unable to walk any distance at one given time, they recommend taking three small 10 minute walks spread out throughout the day.  The CDC reminds everyone  there is no better time to begin a walking program or recommit yourself to a walking routine than during Arthritis Awareness Month.

MorningStar at Arcadia’s assisted living offers seniors a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community.  Our monthly calendar includes programs and activities that encourage residents to get engaged physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially.  Please visit our website to learn more about the area’s finest assisted living and memory care.

This blog is for informational purposes only.  If you have any health concerns, please contact your doctor.

MorningStar at Arcadia’s distinct mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living options.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve.  Set in a warm, loving environment with exceptional architecture and resort-style amenities, MorningStar at Arcadia invites you to schedule a tour or give us a call to learn more about the best Phoenix area assisted living community.



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