Is Your Senior at Risk for Psoriatic Arthritis?
When many people hear the term “psoriasis” they immediately think of the skin symptoms that are related to this condition. As a family caregiver, however, it is important that you understand that this is not the only issue that shares this term. In fact, approximately 30 percent of people who suffer psoriasis will develop a condition referred to as psoriatic arthritis. This condition can be very painful, leading to pain in the lower back and feet, as well as swelling throughout the fingers and toes. There are factors beyond having psoriasis that could increase the chances that your senior will develop this condition. Understanding these risk factors can help you to identify if your parent is at increased risk so that you can make changes in your care routine that will reduce the risk or prepare you to give them the care that they will need should they develop the condition.
Some of the risk factors associated with psoriatic arthritis include:
- Psoriatic lesions. Having psoriasis is the leading risk factor for the development of psoriatic arthritis, but even among those with this condition, there are some issues that increase the risk further. If your senior has psoriasis lesions on their finger or toenails, they are at even further risk of developing the condition.
- Heredity. There is some evidence to show that there is a hereditary link to psoriatic arthritis. If your senior has a parent or a sibling who was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, then your parent is at greater risk of developing this condition.
- Age. People of all ages can and do develop psoriatic arthritis, but it is most common among adults between the ages of 30 and 50. This means that if your parent does not already have the condition from when they were younger, they are at lower risk of developing it now, but it is still a possibility if they are living with psoriasis or have a family history of the condition.
If you have been considering ways that you can boost your caregiver efforts for your senior and encourage a higher quality of life for them as they age in place, starting elderly care may be your ideal solution. An elderly 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 elderly 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 senior in your life are considering senior care in Huntington Beach, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 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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