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Top Tips for Caring for a Senior Suffering from Psoriasis

Elderly Care South Fort Myers FL

Elderly Care South Fort Myers FL

Approximately 7.5 million people throughout the United States suffer from psoriasis. This accounts for more than 2 percent of the population. Though this autoimmune disease generally develops in earlier adulthood, it can and does develop later in life and reoccur throughout life, meaning your elderly parent might suffer from this condition as they age. This can be an extremely uncomfortable experience for them, and it is extremely important that you take the necessary steps to help them deal with this condition so that they can minimize the chances of serious effects. Fortunately with your help or the care of an elder care provider, coping with psoriasis and continuing to live an active, engaged, and fulfilling lifestyle is possible.

Use these tips to care for your elderly parent as they suffer from psoriasis: 

  • Understand the type of psoriasis. There are several different types of psoriasis, each with its own characteristics and treatment types. It is important that you know which type of psoriasis your aging parent is coping with so that you can ensure that they work with their doctor to choose the course of treatment that is most appropriate for them. This also allows you to monitor their condition and their symptoms after their diagnosis so that you can detect if they are experiencing new or worsened symptoms that might require additional care and attention.
  • Identify triggers. Psoriasis is generally not a condition that continues to show symptoms at all times. Instead, people who suffer from this condition experience periods of remission followed by flares. These flares are often brought on by exposure to specific triggers. Common triggers include stress, sunburn, skin injury, infection, consumption of alcohol, climate, and overexposure to water. Monitor your aging parent when they deal with flares and try to detect what may have triggered it. Keep notes of these flares and try to detect patterns that could identify their personal triggers. Once you know these, you can help your parent to avoid them.
  • Discourage scratching or “picking”. The thickened areas of skin can be itchy, tight, and uncomfortable. This can compel your parent to scratch, itch, rub, or pick at the areas. It is important to discourage your parent from doing this. Scratching or picking at the skin can cause open wounds which then make your elderly loved one vulnerable to infections that can become quite serious.
  • Offer emotional support. It is important to realize that there is no cure for psoriasis. While your parent might go through long periods of remission, they will likely experience symptoms and flares throughout their life. Encouraging your parent to realize and accept this is vital to helping them through the situation. Offering emotional support can help to ease stress and anxiety that may increase the chances of psoriasis flares. It can also help to make your parent more motivated to seek out the proper course of treatment and follow through with the recommendations of the doctor to manage their condition in the best way possible.

Sources: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/scaly-skin/psoriasis

http://www.mg217.com/your-psoriasis/statistics-about-psoriasis/

https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/causes

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in South Fort Myers FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
Ted Wolfendale