31% of older adults were treated for arthritis – an inflammation of your joints, which causes pain and stiffness and is more common in women.
There are steps you can take to delay the onset of arthritis or manage the symptoms, including:
- Exercise at least 5 times per week, for 30 minutes each time to improve function and decrease pain. Try to include a mixture of aerobic, strength-building and stretching movements.
- Stay within the recommended weight for your height—losing one pound can remove four pounds of pressure on your knees
- Make sure your back, legs and arms are always supported
- Take precautions to avoid joint injuries
- Do not smoke