How Many Types of Arthritis Are There?

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. In your role as a family caregiver, this is a fantastic time for you to learn more about the potentially serious impact that this type of condition can have on your elder parent, and the type of care that you can give to them to help them to manage it properly. Effective care is essential to not only helping your elder parent cope with painful symptoms, but can also protect them from other serious complications, including increased fall risk and decreased mobility.

Elder Care Penfield NY - How Many Types of Arthritis Are There?

Elder Care Penfield NY – How Many Types of Arthritis Are There?

One of the questions that many people have when it comes to arthritis is if this is just one condition. Often people are described as having “arthritis” without any further explanation, which might lead you to think that this is just one disease. The truth, however, is that there are more than 100 individual conditions that fall under the blanket term of “arthritis”, each with their own causes, origins, risk factors, symptoms, complications, and care approaches. Being familiar with the different types is an important step in understanding what your parent might be facing and how you can help them cope with it properly.

Some of the most common forms of arthritis include:

• Osteoarthritis. This type of condition is characterized by the breaking down of the protective cartilage inside the joints, such as the knees. Over time this can cause the cartilage to break down completely and the bones to rub against each other, causing severe pain.

• Rheumatoid arthritis. This type of condition is characterized by the body’s immune system attacking their own joints and organs. While the immune system generally protects the body from germs and viruses, this type of condition causes it to attack otherwise healthy tissues. This leads to permanent damage in the joints.

• Psoriatic arthritis. This type of condition is another form of autoimmune inflammatory disease. Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, in psoriatic arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the joints, tendons, and ligaments. In this condition, the immune system also attacks the skin, leading to a condition of dry skin known as psoriasis.

If your elder parent has been suffering from arthritis, starting elder care for them might be the ideal choice for helping them to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. An elder home care services provider can be with your aging parent to provide a set of highly personalized services on a customized schedule. These services are tailored not just to your aging parent’s individual challenges, limitations, and symptoms, but also their personality, beliefs, and lifestyle goals.

This ensures that they are able to manage their arthritis and other health conditions in the way that is right for them, while also encouraging them to pursue the most independence, engagement, and activity as possible. With physical assistance, reminders for medication and treatment compliance, companionship, and emotional support, this elder care provider can help your aging loved one to achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Penfield NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)