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What You Should Know During Psoriasis Awareness Month

By Mike Jackson

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. As a family caregiver, this is your ideal opportunity to learn more about this irritating, and potentially devastating condition, and how you can help your parent manage the challenges if they are struggling with this disease.

Some things you should know about psoriasis include:

  • Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease throughout the United States
  • Approximately 7.5 million people throughout the United States are currently living with psoriasis
  • This number accounts for more than 2% of the total population of the country
  • Psoriasis is more common among whites than it is among blacks
  • Between 10 and 30% of those living with psoriasis will also develop a condition known as psoriatic arthritis
  • Psoriasis can have a severe negative impact on quality of life. Approximately 60% of those living with psoriasis report their condition having an impact on daily life
  • Women tend to report more of a negative impact on their quality of life than men
  • A case affecting less than 3% of the body is considered mild
  • A case affecting up to 10% of the body is considered moderate
  • A case affecting more than 10% of the body is considered severe
  • Approximately 25% of those with psoriasis have cases that are considered moderate to severe

When you first stepped into the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent, it was because you noticed certain challenges and limitations in their life. You may have worried about their safety living in their own home, or known they were dealing with health issues they needed help managing. Throughout this journey, however, you may have realized that their needs have increased, and they are experiencing a new or worsened challenges. If this is the case for you, now maybe that ideal time for you to consider elderly care for them. Having an elderly home care services provider as a part of your care routine is a fantastic way to manage increased challenges, cope with a tighter schedule, or simply enjoy knowing your parent is receiving the highest level of care and assistance possible as they age in place. This type of care not only helps them to manage the issues they are dealing with now, but also give them, and you, confidence they will be ready to handle new challenges if they arise.

Source
https://www.psoriasis.org/content/statistics

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY HOME CARE IN ADA COUNTY, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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