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What You Should Know About National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month

By Erin Carll

Everyone feels tired sometimes, and may even feel like this exhaustion keeps them from doing what they want to do on a particular given day. What happens, however, if this is something that happens every day, or that keeps your elderly parent from accomplishing what they want or need to do? They may be suffering from a condition referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome, an often confusing and complex disorder that can make a negative impact on their health and quality of life as they age in place. By understanding this condition you can help your parent manage the symptoms and challenges, and continue to enjoy a quality of life that they desire and deserve. March is National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month. As a family caregiver, this is the perfect chance for you to learn more about this condition and how you can help your parent manage it successfully as they age in place.

Some things that you should know about chronic fatigue syndrome includes:
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are more than one million people throughout the United States who are dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome
• More people are living with chronic fatigue syndrome than many other more well-publicized illnesses, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, and many cancers
• Four times more women develop chronic fatigue syndrome than men, but it can and does occur in both sexes
• CFS occurs most often in adults, but it can also develop in younger people as well
• CFS impacts all ethnicities and experts report that it affects Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics approximately equally
• Income level is not a risk factor for chronic fatigue syndrome and people of all economic levels experience this condition
• CFS is not a contagious condition but it is sometimes seen in several members of the same family, indicating that there might be some form of genetic link that is not yet fully understood

If your aging parent has been suffering from long periods of fatigue that are not impacted by rest, and this is negatively impacting their quality of life, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss their symptoms and your concerns so that they can give your parent an accurate diagnosis and offer recommendations for how you can help your loved one deal with these symptoms.

If your aging loved one has been suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or has been suffering from challenging symptoms that have negatively impacted their health and quality of life, now may be the ideal time for you to start elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent to provide a highly customized course of care, support, encouragement, and assistance tailored to their individual needs and challenges. They can understand the specific limitations and issues that your parent is facing as a result of their health concerns and develop a care routine that addresses these issues but also supports a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.

Source
https://www.cdc.gov/cfs/general/index.html
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20022009
http://www.openmedicinefoundation.org/what-is-mecfs/?gclid=CPux-si_sNICFVRMDQodTjwFCQ
https://www.cdc.gov/cfs/causes/risk-groups.html

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