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Senior Care Management Insights - May 2014

May 2014 edition of our newsletter featuring news for geriatric professionals.
May 2014

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More Than Joint Pain: Understanding Seniors & Arthritis
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I've had nothing but pain for the last two months. It seems like each morning I wake up with some body part hurting that didn't hurt the day before. It's frustrating… and so exhausting.

Many seniors who suffer from arthritis not only feel the physical pain, but also experience the emotional stress of living a life limited by a chronic condition.

How can you help support and encourage your patients as they deal with the stress of living with arthritis pain? Here are 4 suggestions.

Resources for You:

Living at Home with Arthritis Video Series

The Living at Home With Arthritis video series begins with an overview of the different forms of arthritis and their symptoms, presented by Marzia Puccioni Shields of the Arthritis Foundation. Other videos in the series cover topics such as arthritis symptoms and warning signs, arthritis medical treatments, and tips for living with arthritis.

View the Living at Home With Arthritis Video Series »

The Patient's Voice

The Patient's Voice:
Arthritis Community Forums

Seniors with arthritis can find comfort and advice from others who are dealing with a similar condition. The Arthritis Foundation's community forums are full of ongoing conversations among men and women of all ages on topics such as arthritis treatment, effective exercises, living with arthritis, and more.

Here are a few snippets from recent conversations:

"When all my joints suddenly swelled and ached 9 months ago, I was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis. X-rays of my knees showed joint space narrowing. I was not surprised to have OA, but knew it had to be something more. Two and a half months ago I was diagnosed with RA also. I'm still trying to sort out what's what with what I'm feeling. All my joints hurt on a daily basis, but I definitely recognize the inflammation ache and pain."

"The last 3 days I have had painful spasms in my thighs every 5 to 15 minutes. In addition to the pain, the muscles feel so fatigued and weak when it happens... Only one month until I see my neuro. I can't wait to talk face-to-face with her about all my issues."

"I admit some days are hard. Tears well up in my eyes but I always think that there is someone out there in worse shape than me."

Visit the Arthritis Foundation forums today to join the conversation.

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