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Topics within Arthritis

Nearly half of Americans over age 65 suffer from the pain, physical limitations and resulting depression this debilitating disease can cause. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and related conditions. As a caregiver, the more you know about these conditions, the better equipped you'll be to deal with the daily living issues you and your family member face.

Understanding the Disease

This section offers information about the many types of arthritis, its symptoms and the treatments available. You’ll also learn about the medical professionals who treat arthritis, and the most commonly ordered tests. There's a brief overview of pain relief options, including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, lifestyle changes, surgical options and alternative therapies.

Advice and Resources

Additionally, you'll find tips on living with arthritis and where to get information on these topics and more:

  • prevention and programs
  • how to talk to a senior loved one about arthritis
  • working with health professionals
  • managing medications
  • dealing with loss of mobility
  • self-help aids and tools
  • ongoing research
  • finding support groups.

A Caregiver's Guide to Arthritis (PDF)

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