Many retirement living seniors are struggling with arthritis, but they should know they aren't alone. May is Arthritis Awareness month, which means vital information about the joint disease will be available.
Tammy Roberts, a nutrition and health specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, notes that the word arthritis may refer to more than one type of ailment.
"There are more than 100 individual diseases that the term arthritis refers to, with three of the most common being osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia," she said.
And while people who suffer from the disease may wonder if certain foods can alleviate symptoms, Roberts maintains that the best course of action is to follow a well-balanced diet.
"This means choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low fat dairy products," said Roberts.
According to ArthritisToday.com, symptoms of arthritis include pain or inflammation at different body parts, as well as fatigue.
Retirement living seniors who think they may be at risk for the disease should speak with their primary care physician about their concerns.