Well functioning hands are a vital part of overall health and well being. As we age, however, hand function can decrease due to structural changes in joints, muscle, tendon, bone, nerve and receptors, blood supply and skin. Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, the ‘wear and tear’ common conditions in older people, cancause further challenges in comfort, strength and mobility.
Well chosen and regularly practiced exercises will help maintain functionality in the hands and fingers. Thumbs, in particular, will benefit from regular, fluid movements to avoid stiffness, which can interfere with daily activities. You might try these:
4. Rest hand on a flat surface, palm down. Move thumb away from the other fingers. Move index finger toward the thumb, followed by the other fingers one at a time. Repeat several times with each hand.