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Arthritis in the home: The daily impact Regina SK

The old adage "no pain, no gain" does not apply to people with osteoarthritis (OA). For the three million Canadians living with OA, the impact of the ...

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Arthritis in the home: The daily impact

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(NC)-The old adage "no pain, no gain" does not apply to people with osteoarthritis (OA). For the three million Canadians living with OA, the impact of the disease can be felt in even the simplest of tasks such as cooking, cleaning or even getting dressed. Because many of these daily activities require a certain level of dexterity in the joints, OA can drastically impact an arthritis sufferers' ability to button a shirt or chop a carrot. The good news is that there are simple solutions to overcome the hurdles.

When cooking

• Look for ergonomic, lightweight cooking tools that have easy grips and non-slip handles

• When possible, use electronic appliances like can openers, food processors, and blenders. This reduces the need to grip tightly to manual tools

• Never use pots with only one handle - two handled pots spread the weight and impact on the joints.

• Choose meals that are easy to prepare and cook in bulk

When cleaning

• Make cleaning a collective responsibility so everyone in the household helps

• Break single household chores into smaller more manageable pieces. Don't try to do everything at once!

• Recognize when you need help and ask for it - this help can come from a family member or a professional cleaning service

When getting dressed

• Look for the clothing and shoes that will be easiest to work with, without sacrificing style and comfort - avoid buttons, snaps and zippers.

• Take your time and make sure you allow enough time to get dressed. Rushing will only add to the stress.

In addition to these tips, the most important thing someone living with OA can do to live better is to talk to their physician about prescription medications that will help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

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