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Common Causes of Knee Problems in the Elderly

Knee problems may occur at any age, but seniors are a particularly vulnerable age group due to the associated physiological changes of ageing.  Seniors tend to develop some problems with mobility as time goes by. When we have elderly family members living with us at home, it can be easy to dismiss these mobility problems, specifically the knee problems that seniors face as a common sign of ageing, but it can also be a sign of a medical condition. In this article we would like to offer some information about...

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Common Myths and Misconceptions about Arthritis

Arthritis is a relatively common condition among people, especially in the elderly community – However, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.  With the proper knowledge, arthritis can be treated and the symptoms can be controlled so it is important for seniors and family caregivers to be able to distinguish what is true and what is not when it comes to arthritis.  In this article we would like to share some information with regards to these common myths and misconceptions about arthritis. One of the most common myths...

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Tips on How to Care For an Elderly Person with Arthritis

Arthritis can be painful and difficult for people to deal with so family members should know how to help those with arthritis so that they can assist their loved ones when necessary. Knowing about the different types of arthritis can also be very helpful for family caregivers so that they know exactly what to expect when dealing with their loved ones. We at Carefect Home Care Services would like to offer some tips on how to help seniors with arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis There are two different types of...

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Swollen Ankles in the Elderly: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Swollen ankles are very common in the elderly and can be caused by many different things. They can sometimes be prevented though by following the right precautions. Swollen ankles can be very painful and uncomfortable and they can sometimes be a sign of a more serious medical condition, so those who do suffer from swollen ankles should seek medical attention. In this article we would like to offer some information about what causes swollen ankles as well as how you can prevent or treat them. Ankle Injuries The first thing...

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Bone Diseases in the Elderly

Bone diseases in the elderly can be very serious and can cause pain, fractures or even bone cancer in patients. As we age, our bone density decreases which can cause bone disease or fractures to occur. Osteoporosis and Paget’s disease are the two most commonly seen bone diseases in the elderly, but there are others to look for as well. We at Carefect Home Care Services would like to share some tips on what to look for and how to possibly prevent these diseases. Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is the most common...

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The Difference Between Arthritis and Osteoporosis

Both arthritis and osteoporosis can affect seniors, but many do not understand the difference between the two.  To put it simply, osteoporosis affects the bones, while arthritis affects the joints and surrounding tissue.  However, that is an oversimplification and there are many other characteristics to the diseases that are similar as well as different. Arthritis Arthritis affects the joints, which are the areas where two bones join.  This includes knees, hips, toes, fingers, and wrists.  There are two main kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Here is a look...

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Arthritis and seniors: The Basics

Arthritis is a condition that can affect anyone, but is almost commonplace in those over 65.  As the body ages, bones and joints start to deteriorate leading to pain, swelling, stiffness and discomfort. Women are more apt to have osteoporosis, or a softening of the bones caused by a lack of calcium, which makes them even more susceptible to arthritis. Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the most common among seniors is osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. If you become familiar with these different types and...

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