- Arthritis is common among seniors: one in five adults experiences arthritis. More than 50 million Americans are afflicted, making it the leading cause of disability in the nation.
Arthritis is more than just an occasional ache and pain. The Arthritis Foundation says that various forms of arthritis account for some 44 million outpatient visits and more than 900,000 hospitalizations annually.
To provide support for afflicted seniors, Home Instead Senior Care’s continuing Family Caregiver Support series has chosen “Living at Home with Arthritis” as the subject of its next online seminar, scheduled for May 6 at 10:00 am Pacific time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 pm Eastern).
The monthly Family Caregiver Support series explores topics that are of special interest to aging parents and their home caregivers. The “Living at Home with Arthritis” webinar will present information on several aspects of arthritis, from symptoms and warning signs to diagnosis and treatment. Participants will gain numerous helpful tips on living with arthritis, coping strategies, and resources to utilize for support.
Aging parents and family caregivers who participate in the May 6th webinar will discover:
- Available arthritis prevention programs
- How to talk to an older adult loved one about arthritis
- Self-help aids and tools
Molly Carpenter, an author, speaker, trainer, and family caregiver who brings years of personal and professional elder care experience and training to the subject, will lead the “Living at Home with Arthritis” webinar. Ms. Carpenter holds a bachelor of science degree in family science with a gerontology specialization and a master’s degree in education with a gerontology specialization.
Arthritis can present many challenges. Being informed about those challenges allows aging parents and spouses to live more fully with arthritis.
The Family Caregiver Support Series will continue on June 10th with a session on “Senior Nutrition and Mealtime.”