Approximately 7.5 million people throughout the United States are currently living with psoriasis. Up to 30 percent of them will develop a condition known as psoriatic arthritis. This potentially debilitating condition can cause a variety of challenging symptoms including lower back pain, swelling throughout the fingers and toes, and pain in the tendons and ligaments of the feet. These symptoms can be difficult for your parent and diminish their function as well as their quality of life. As a family caregiver it is important that you find ways to help them cope with the condition in the best way possible.
Use these tips to help your elder cope with psoriatic arthritis:
• Keep them physically active. It might seem counterintuitive that if your senior is suffering from pain in their joints they should move, but the reality is that keeping themselves active and utilizing their joints is essential to protecting their joint health. When they are dealing with psoriatic arthritis, this can help to reduce swelling, ease pain, and preserve the strength and function of their joints as they progress through the disease.
• Eat a balanced diet. Giving their body the nutrition that it needs is critical to supporting health and reducing negative impact. This is also important for helping them to maintain a healthy body weight, which reduces strain on the joints and prevents damage and wear and tear. Keep in mind that this condition can make your parent feel like they have to work harder to move around, and eating unhealthy foods will only make them feel more sluggish, while healthy foods will give them greater energy and strength.
• Make healthier life choices. Poor lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol use or tobacco use damage the body. These also make it harder to maintain basic functioning, which exacerbates the effects of psoriatic arthritis.
• Help them to control stress. Stress is a major trigger for many people who suffer from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Feeling excessively stressed or dealing with stress over a long period can cause flare-ups of symptoms or worsen symptoms that are chronic. Help your parent find ways that they can reduce and manage their stress to limit this impact, such as walking, listening to music, watching favorite funny television shows or movies, participating in a support group, or practicing yoga.
If you have been considering ways that you can boost your caregiver efforts for your elder and encourage a higher quality of life for them as they age in place, starting elder care may be your ideal solution. An elder home care services provider can be an invaluable addition to your care routine, ensuring that any care gaps that exist in what you are able to give to your parent are filled.
This ensures that your parent will get all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need to handle their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that is right for them. Through this highly personalized set of services, the elder care provider can help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is more independent and fulfilling as they age in place.
As their family caregiver, this can give you peace of mind knowing that both when you are with them and when you are not, your loved one is getting the care that is right them and living the lifestyle that they deserve.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
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.
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