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Senior Care Awareness: Easing the Discomfort of Dandruff

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Dandruff is a condition that, though common and generally mild, can have a serious impact on your parent’s comfort, self-confidence, and quality of life. Knowing how to manage it can help your parent to feel more comfortable and feel more confident engaging in social activities. This can also reduce the chances that your parent will scratch their scalp, potentially causing cuts or scrapes in the skin that can make your parent vulnerable to infection and other problems,

Dandruff is a condition characterized by flakes of dead skin on the scalp or around the base of hairs. This condition can be extremely itchy as well as cause large, visible pieces of skin to fall off of the head and onto the shoulders, arms, and chest, creating embarrassment. It is important to remember that this condition is not contagious and that it rarely indicates any form of illness or other health condition. Treating it effectively is simply important for hair health, comfort, and your parent feeling good about themselves.

The first step in easing the discomfort of dandruff is understanding the origin of your parent’s condition. There are many different potential causes of dandruff, including:

      • Dry skin
      • Oily skin that becomes irritated and forms a scaly covering
      • Improper hygiene that results in not enough dead skin, oil, dirt, and other contaminants being removed from the skin
      • Eczema
      • Psoriasis

Some of the ways that you can help your parent cope with their dandruff include:

Encourage your parent to control their stress. Stress is not just an emotional concern. If your aging parent is under a considerable amount of stress, it can have a serious impact on their physical health. This can make your parent more vulnerable to developing dandruff, or can worsen symptoms that already exist.

• Keep their hair clean. Having proper hygiene is essential to keeping the scalp healthy and comfortable. It is important for your parent to shampoo their hair as frequently as is necessary to manage oiliness and dead skin. While every other day may work for those who have dry hair, those with naturally oily hair may benefit from shampooing daily to remove oil and dead skin cells before they become a problem.

• Reduce products used. Layered use of hair styling products such as gels, mousse, wax, or spray can cause or increase the symptoms of dandruff. The products can build up on the scalp, making it more difficult for the oil to distribute through the hair and the dead skin cells to slough off at a healthy rate. Limit the number of styling products used and make it a habit of using a clarifying shampoo periodically to remove residue.

• Eat a balanced diet. Eating well is important to all angles of health. It is important that your parent give their body what it needs to stay healthy and function properly. One of the most important elements of eating a healthy diet for scalp health is getting the proper healthy fats. These will stimulate the proper production of oil while also keeping the skin moisturized and healthy.

If you are not comfortable or able to help your parent keep up with the personal hygiene necessary to prevent dandruff, a senior care provider can be exceptionally helpful. This senior health care services provider can offer personalized, respectful assistance that encourages independence while also giving your parent the care and support they need.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Marco Island 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.