Discuss about the Healthy Ageing for Arthritis Care & Research.
Today, a patient was discharged named Mrs. Jennifer Brown. She was under my guidance of treatment. She is a 70-year-old lady who was admitted by her family members when she could not sleep for three consecutive nights for acute pain in her knees due to arthritis. She had a BMI of 35 making her over weight and obese. While I was engaged in a casual talk with her, I came to know that her work life was strenuous, and she had to depend on fast food for her meals.
Arthritis is a very common disease that affects most of the older citizens causing acute pain in the knees. Cartilage Connective tissue is mainly responsible for absorption of various kinds of shocks and injuries. Obesity or overweight causes further injury in cartilages by increasing the load on the hip and knee joints (Bernatsky et al., 2012). Cartilages break resulting in acute pain. Mrs. Brown’s pain increased over the year until some previous days ago when she could not sleep because of acute pain. Her overweight issues was found to be the main reason for arthritis. Her movement became restricted with a chance of complete loss of mobility in life.
Relief from arthritis can only be achieved by maximum use and function of joint (Mangnus et al., 2016). Brisk walks are very much helpful for the patients. Mild exercises and physiotherapies are good healing agents. However, these are all cures. The preventive measure should include the principles of healthy ageing. Main factors of the overweight problem for Mrs. Brown was her eating habits that consisted of calorigenic and fatty fast foods that over the years became the main cause for her ill health. She should have included morning walks, jogging and exercises in her schedules along with a balanced diet.
Healthy ageing involves certain principles that are usually suggested to ageing individuals for experiencing their life without pain and injury. For promoting healthy ageing, a nurse's first step would include forming a checklist that would involve the procedures that would prevent obesity. A complete diet chart is to be provided to patients so that their body weight remains under their control. A fit body would be disease free and will be without any disability (Gower, 2012). Moreover, a proper physical exercise becomes a must along with a balanced diet. Early morning joggings and yoga are very much effective in living a very healthy life even after 50. Drinking of alcohols and tobacco should be restricted. Mrs. Brown should involve herself in social gatherings and meetings and involve herself more with her friends. Ageism should be strictly avoided by the family members. Researchers have shown that there was an important relationship between well-being and reduction of weight issues in a cohort of individuals above age 50 in comparison to those who could not experience so (Vafeas et al., 2016). Community-based programs were also found to be a method for healthy ageing. If Mrs. Brown could have maintained her lifestyle in her early ageing period, she could have saved herself from the acute pain. However, she can even save herself from the self-management strategies that she can easily undertake which would ease her pain and make her remaining life peaceful and bliss.
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