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Herbs to Fight Arthritis in Older Adults

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of older adults, causing joint pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. While traditional treatments can be effective, many seniors seek natural alternatives to supplement their care. Thankfully, there are many herbs that possess anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that older adults can take advantage of. In this article, our care teams at Lester Senior Living provided insight into some herbs that can help alleviate arthritis symptoms for older adults. 

Turmeric is a vibrant yellow spice commonly used in Indian cuisine and traditional medicine. It contains an active compound called curcumin, known for its potent anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have shown that curcumin can help reduce joint pain and swelling caused by arthritis. Incorporating turmeric into the diet, either as a spice or in the form of a supplement, may offer relief for seniors suffering from this condition.

Ginger is another herb that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Like turmeric, ginger possesses anti-inflammatory compounds that can alleviate arthritis pain. Regular consumption of ginger may also improve joint function and enhance overall mobility – a win-win for seniors who also want to maintain their independence! 

Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense, is derived from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree. It has been a staple in traditional medicine for treating inflammatory conditions. Studies suggest that Boswellia may help reduce pain and improve joint function in older adults with arthritis.

Rosemary is a fragrant herb widely used in cooking that contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. While not as extensively studied as other herbs, rosemary’s potential to alleviate arthritis symptoms should not be overlooked – plus it takes any chicken dish to the next level in flavor! 

Arthritis Management at a NJ Assisted Living Community

At Lester Senior Living in NJ, we offer three well-balanced meals a day (along with healthy snacks on demand) through our community dining program. Our chefs have been culinary trained and work with only the finest ingredients and fresh herbs. They are always happy to make accommodations to any dish to adhere to dietary restrictions, kosher needs or other preferences. If a senior in our community is suffering from arthritis, our chefs can incorporate these powerful herbs into their daily meals to help alleviate some painful symptoms. 

Apart from including anti-inflammatory herbs in the dining program, Lester Senior Living takes proactive measures to help seniors with arthritis through tailored exercise routines. Low-impact exercises such as gentle yoga can improve joint flexibility and reduce stiffness. We also offer specialized stretching programs (“Stretch and Flex”) that target arthritis-prone areas, ensuring that seniors have access to exercises that suit their specific needs. Regular physical activity can improve joint health, decrease inflammation, and contribute to an enhanced quality of life altogether.

With this comprehensive approach to arthritis care, Lester Senior Living can continue to be a caring and nurturing home for seniors, dedicated to their health and happiness. To learn more about our compassionate assisted living facility in Morris County NJ, please give us a ring or visit us at: https://jchcorp.org/