When an elderly person reports hip pain, it’s easy to assume that arthritis is the culprit. After all, osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic disability in older adults. It is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of adults over the age of 65 suffer from this condition.
15 percent of people over the age of 64 report hip pain. It’s important, when a loved one is experiencing discomfort, to not assume arthritis is the cause and make an appointment with their primary health care provider to have it assessed. Other possible considerations include bursitis, tendinitis, hip fracture, piriformis syndrome and referred pain from the knee or spine.
Due to decreasing bone density in older adults, a hip fracture does not always correlate with trauma. Osteoarthritis is actually the most common cause of hip fractures in the elderly—resulting in approximately 97 percent of hip replacements. Additional causes can be cancer, long-term steroid use or the affects of osteoporosis.
Managing Hip Pain
Once the causative factor is discovered, the course of action can be determined. In most cases, an exercise program and dietary considerations are at the forefront of recovery and helping reduce the pain. If your loved one is overweight, addressing this issue through diet and exercise is paramount. Extra weight puts additional stress on the cartilage of the weight bearing joints—the knees and hips.
While there are specific foods that help reduce inflammation and pain, the main dietary recommendation is to make sure your parent is eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables while incorporating some whole grains, low-fat dairy and high-quality protein including nuts, seeds and beans. The American diet tends to endorse a predominance of protein in the diet with a touch of vegetables. The ideal diet for healthy joints is a predominance of fruits and vegetables with a touch (approximately 3 ounces) of protein served with each meal.
Salmon—The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon have proven to fight inflammation.
Garlic—Garlic contains diallyl disulfide, a compound that may limit cartilage-damaging enzymes.
Turmeric—This spice, commonly used in curries, has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Berries—Berries are loaded with vitamin C and other antioxidants that help rid the body of free radicals that promote inflammation.
Exercises to consider are those that do not put stress on the affected hip. If you parent doesn’t mind getting wet, water aerobics and swimming are some of the best exercises for what ails them. The water’s buoyancy takes the pressure off the joint while the water also offers resistance.
Senior Care Provider
If your parent needs assistance with the daily activities of living, consider the aid of a senior care provider. These professionals can prepare joint-healthy meals and help your parent keep to their exercise program by providing transportation or accompanying them on a daily walk. These professionals can care for your parent while providing companionship and camaraderie.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.