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Arthritis-Friendly Activities for Seniors: Promoting Mobility and Social Engagement

by Abhishek Shankar
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Maintaining an active and fulfilling lifestyle becomes more crucial as we age. Being active and involved can occasionally be difficult for seniors who have arthritis, a common condition. However, with the right approach and a dash of creativity, arthritis-friendly activities can promote mobility and social engagement in older adults.

Understanding Arthritis
Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation. It can be especially crippling for seniors, making daily tasks more difficult. But it is important to keep in mind that staying active is one of the best ways to manage arthritis and preserve a high quality of life. The key is to select motion-promoting activities that are kind to the joints. Here are some tips to help seniors’ live life to the fullest.

Arthritis-Friendly Activities
1. Aquatic Exercise: Swimming is excellent options for elderly people with arthritis. With a great full-body workout, water’s buoyancy lessens the impact on joints. Many community centres/ condominiums offer arthritis-friendly water exercise classes, also providing an excellent opportunity for social interaction.
2. Walking Clubs: Walking is a low-impact exercise that can be tailored to suit different fitness levels. Seniors can join walking groups in their neighborhoods to socialise with others who share their interests. Walking not only helps to increase joint flexibility but also encourages social interaction, which lessens feelings of loneliness.
3. Yoga: These gentle exercises help with balance, flexibility, and strength. These mind-body practices have been shown to reduce arthritis symptoms while also promoting relaxation and mental health. Additionally, group classes give seniors a chance to interact and make friends.
4. Gardening: Gardening is a great way to stay active as well as a fun and therapeutic hobby. Seniors can start small with raised beds or potted plants, which are easier on the joints. They can enjoy the outdoors and feel more connected to nature by gardening, which promotes mobility. NEMA maintains a park dedicated to seniors.
5. Art and Craft Workshops: Taking part in creative pursuits like pottery, knitting, or painting can be very fulfilling. These activities offer a fantastic way to socialise as well as mental stimulation. Seniors participate in art or craft workshops conducted at NEMA Centre, where they showcase their skills and pick up new ones.
Seniors can still lead active and fulfilling lives despite arthritis. They can maintain their mobility, ease their pain, and socialize by participating in arthritis-friendly activities. There are many ways to stay active and engaged, from the calming waters of a pool to the friendship of a walking club, the tranquillity of Yoga, or the joy of gardening and making art. Seniors who participate in these activities will live happier, healthier, and more socially active lives as a result of your encouragement.

The author is a Founder of NEMA Eldercare

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