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Managing Arthritis in Older Adults — Professional Caregiver Webinar

Pain. Who wants it? Especially not every day. As you know, that’s what many older adults with arthritis likely face. That pain can lead to depression, anxiety or a feeling of helplessness when they are no longer able to do what they enjoy. As a professional, you look for ways to help. This webinar focuses on support for family caregivers of older adults with arthritis, including:

• Listening and Empathizing

Family caregivers could feel they need to solve everything when in fact what that older adult with arthritis may want most is to simply express his or her emotions of sadness and loss. Encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.

• Recommending Relaxation for a Family Caregiver

Chances are both the older adult and his or her family member could use some R&R, such as a spa day or a funny movie.

• Encouraging Movement

If the older adult is able, one tip to pass along is to suggest a short walk with a family member or friend. Exercise can lift spirits and lessen pain.

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