\What You Should Know About Restless Leg Syndrome Education and Awareness Week
July 18 through 25 is Restless Leg Syndrome Education and Awareness Week. Also referred to as RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome can be a challenging condition that impacts your parent’s ability to get comfortable and get the sleep that they need to remain healthy. As a family caregiver, understanding this condition can help you to modify your care efforts to help your senior handle their condition in the way that is right for them. This can protect their health and well-being, and help to guard them against further health complications as they age in place.
Some things that you should know about RLS include:
• Approximately 10 percent of the total adult population of the United States is currently living with RLS.
• This condition impacts both men and women, though women are at higher risk of developing it.
• Many experts believe that RLS is very commonly misdiagnosed as being insomnia or another condition, delaying proper diagnosis and preventing sufferers from getting the treatment and management that they need to overcome the symptoms and preserve their quality of life.
• There is a strong hereditary link to RLS, which studies showing that approximately 70 percent of children who suffer the condition have a parent who also has it.
• RLS if frequently confused with depression, further distancing the sufferer from appropriate treatment and management.
• Approximately 40 percent of those who suffer from RLS report that their symptoms are severe enough to negatively impact their life.
• People who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease are more likely to experience RLS than those who are not suffering from this progressive neurologic condition.
• More than 80 percent of those who are living with RLS also have a condition known as PLMD, or periodic limb movement disorder, a condition that results in involuntary twitching and movement of the legs during sleep. Interestingly, most people who are diagnosed with PLMD are not also diagnosed with RLS.
• Though there are physical ramifications of RLS, the most pressing impact of the condition is emotional, with sufferers being at higher risk of suffering depression and anxiety than those without the condition.
If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or health complication such as Restless Leg Syndrome, or they are showing new or worsened symptoms or challenges, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. Hiring an elderly home care services provider is a way for you to ensure that your parent is getting everything that they need, filling any care gaps that might exist in the care efforts that you give them and providing a highly personalized set of services tailored to them as an individual. This care provider can help your parent to manage their individual needs, assisting them in fulfilling their activities of daily living, providing safe and reliable transportation when needed, and offering companionship and support that encourages them to stay active, engaged, and independent, and to see as much meaning in this new chapter of life as possible.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering elder care in Laguna Woods, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 239-0488 to speak with our caring staff.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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