Just as Adolescence is a time of transition from childhood dependance to adulthood, often senescence is a time of increasing dependance on someone else. Many elderly become very depressed at this time seeing their abilities; so carefully cultured in a life of self-sufficiency, slowly or even rapidly decaying. And Depression is another sign and cause of pain. A depressed person has a much lowered resistance and catches things more readily and is more condicive to traumatic physical pain as well as the emotional pain.
Personally I believe most elderly people with all those years of poor eating choices are probably more likely to be sick and in pain. Some, most notably like Jack La Lanne are extremely healthy and fit even way up through their so called declining years. For them Golden years is the true motto.
They call it Arther. So many get it it seems like just another part of old-age, but is it?
First Arthritis is more likely if one has gained weight.
Second~ not all of the aches and pains ARE Arthritis; many are a result of childhood traumas back for a prolonged visit, REMEMBER THOSE BROKEN BONES FROM YOUR DAREDEVIL DAYS not to mention all the accidents, yes, they do come back to haunt the body, even surgeries, and what are at the time simple bruises. The snap, crackle, pops and pain associated with the cumulative musculoskeletal wear and tear of 40 plus years of living -such creaking is called "crepitus" a form of the word "decrepit".
"osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative condition of the synovial joints and the most common form of arthritis, is a complex disease with both biomechanical and biochemical roots. Associated with age, obesity and inactivity, it can also be caused by previous trauma, infection, crystal deposits in the joints, underlying endocrine disorders such as acromegaly (a disease characterized by overproduction of growth hormones), inherited metabolic disorders or defective genes. The last “silent” generation may have taken these painful licks peacefully. Not baby-boomers. “You can’t avoid all the aches and creaks of middle age but you can reduce your risk factors for developing severe osteoarthritis and delay symptoms by exercising." BUT THEN AGAIN "Over-using or abusing joints will also hasten degeneration"..."You’ll feel pain when bone rubs against exposed bone. There are nerve endings there.” Affected cartilage initially develops small tears. Synovial fluid provides nutrients and absorbs shock during movement but osteoarthritic joints have less fluid and larger tears."
There is that ugly word "exercise" again.
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. Normally cells called antibodies, produced by the body's immune system, attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. With autoimmune diseases, the immune system mistakes the person's own tissue as foreign and attacks it.
With RA, antibodies attack the membranes around joints (synovial membranes) causing swelling, pain, stiffness and in some cases, deformity. RA also causes inflammation of the sheaths around tendons (which join muscles to bones). Eventually, there may be erosion of the smooth articular cartilage, which covers the ends of the bones in joints, or the bone itself.
Women are three times more likely to have RA than men and the fact that it often improves during pregnancy suggests that hormones are likely involved and certain people with genetic abnormalities are more likely to be afflicted.
"Unfortunately, limited physical activity may worsen arthritic problems, making many people with RA weaker, less flexible and more prone to pain than necessary.
Although the pain, stiffness and fatigue that accompany RA tend to make physical activity difficult, it's important to try and find an appropriate and regular exercise program. Being physically active may help people with RA become more flexible, stronger, healthier and more active."
Often doctors suggest RA sufferers to do low impact kinds of exercising, like swimming in warm water.
Frankly soaking up all that chlorine doesn't sound all that therapeutic to me. But I avoid water except for bathing.
Is Exercise Safe If You Have Arthritis?
Is exercise safe? Yes -- certain kinds of exercise are proven to be safe for people with rheumatoid arthritis. There are three types you can do: stretching, strengthening, and conditioning.
Stretching exercises are the simplest and easiest. They consist of stretching and holding different joint and muscle groups for 10 to 30 seconds each. Stretching improves flexibility, and daily stretching is the basis for any exercise program.
Strength exercises involve working the muscle against resistance. This can be either with or without weights. Resistance training strengthens the muscle and increases the amount of activity you can do pain-free.
Conditioning exercise, also called aerobic exercise, improves cardiovascular fitness. There are countless benefits to aerobic exercise! Among them, it makes your heart and blood vessels healthier, prevents disability, and improves mood and well-being. Good conditioning exercises for people with rheumatoid arthritis include low-impact activities like walking, swimming, bicycling, or using an elliptical machine. Any of these will get your heart pumping.
After being cleared by your doctor, you should try to do 20 to 30 minutes of low-impact conditioning exercise on as many days as you feel you can. More is better, but any amount is better than none at all!
Exercises to Avoid if You Have Arthritis
Are there any kinds of exercise you should avoid? In general, you should be careful about activities that put a lot of stress on a joint, or are "high-impact," such as:
~Jogging, especially on paved roads
~Heavy weight lifting
That's not to say that these activities are totally off-limits. If you're interested in trying them, talk to your doctor first.
So, a quick conclusion. Arther doesn't have to settle into old bones; a good diet and exercise [ewe!] can really improve the quality of of your/my life.
I'm giving myself a healthy boost I take CellPower™ ;and it has really CHANGED MY LIFE! The only other things I take are:coconut oil
is great for cooking and for continued weight loss. I really notice the difference in my weight control when I'm out of it for a while.
FLAX SEED OIL for my colon, but of course FLAX SEED OIL is also a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids for THE BRAIN WHICH IS MOSTLY FAT, DID YOU KNOW THAT? AND YOUR HEART IS MOSTLY WATER!
And one each of the four essential minerals each day:
~SELENIUMhelps immune system,fights infection and aids circulation
~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
I wish all of you the robust, vigorous health I'm getting closer to each day.
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~~~~Jokes And inspirations~~~~
At my lemonade stand I used to give the first
glass away free and charge five dollars for the
second glass. The refill contained the antidote.
-- Emo Phillips
Computer Science is no more about computers than
astronomy is about telescopes.
-- E. W. Dijkstra
Biography lends to death a new terror.
-- Oscar Wilde
I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the
two always go together. When people ask your age,
he said, always say seventeen and insane.
-- Ray Bradbury,
Marriage Names – Part 2
If Cat Stevens married Snoop Doggy Dogg, he'd be Cat Doggy Dogg.
If Olivia Newton-John married Wayne Newton, then divorced him to marry Elton John, she'd be Olivia Newton-John Newton John.
If Sondra Locke married Elliott Ness, then divorced him to marry Herman Munster, she'd become Sondra Locke Ness Munster.
If Bea Arthur married Sting, she'd be Bea Sting.
If Tuesday Weld married Hal March III, she'd be Tuesday March 3.
THE ARROGANT INSPECTOR
An arrogant Department of Agriculture representative stopped at a farm and talked with the old farmer, telling him, "I need to inspect your farm." The old farmer said "OK, but don't go in that field right over yonder."
The Agriculture representative went red in the face and lectured, "Sir, I have the authority of the U.S. Government behind me. See this ID card? It means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on any agricultural land -- no questions asked or answered. Do you understand!?"
The farmer nodded politely and went about his chores. Later, he heard loud screams and saw the Ag Rep running for the fence. Close behind was the farmer's huge-horned prize bull. The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets, and was gaining on the government man at every step.
"Help! HELP!" the Aggie screamed.
The old farmer called out, "Show him your ID card! Show him your ID card!!"
A TEST FOR PROFESSIONALS
The following short quiz consists of four questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. The questions are NOT difficult.
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong Answer.
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All of the animals attended except one. Which animal did not attend the conference?
Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. Remember, you just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across it. Have you not been listening to anything I've said? All of the crocodiles are attending the animal conference called by the Lion King. This tests whether you learn quickly from your previous mistakes.
Phrases from the 50's - Part 1
Not so long ago, this is what you would hear in passing:
"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its' going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20."
"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long when $5000 will only buy a used one."
"If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous."
"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"
"If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."
"When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."
"Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."
"Also, their music drives me wild. This 'Rock Around The Clock' thing is nothing but racket."
"Pretty soon you won't be able to buy a good 10 cent cigar."
Have an awesome healthy disease free day!
(1)The UMDNJ magazine/Is Arthritis Inevitable? by Maryann Brinley
(2)SANOFI AVENTIS/R.A. & EXERCISE
(3)Web MD/Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Importance of Exercise