As we spend time visiting seniors that live in facilities or are out playing BINGO at the community centers with us, we’ve noticed that we’ve had empty chairs lately, due to illness. ‘Tis that time of the year for colds and flu. But did you know that arthritis, among other existing conditions, can be worsened by the cold weather.

“Weather affects different people differently,” Dr. Mark Gourley of NIH (National Institutes of Health) says. “Some people actually prefer cold weather, but many people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus will be more stiff in the morning. It can take them longer to get up and loosen their joints and get going.”

Arthritis is not known to be caused by cold weather, but it definitely feels worse, because the pressure in your joints change.  We have clients who say they can predict the weather by the pain in their joints.  And this is why. The air pressure in their joints is affected by the weather.

So what can you do? Stay warm!!!

  • Preheat your cars
  • Use electric blankets
  • Warm clothing in the dryer before dressing
  • Drink warm liquids
  • Dress in layers
  • Exercise the joints before going out, and exercise in general to prevent excess weight that puts stress on joints.

Stay warm and have a great winter!