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Tips for Helping Your Senior Manage Stress to Reduce Psoriasis

By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | September 07, 2018

Caregiver in Fairfax VA: Reduce Stress Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that impacts more than seven million people throughout the United States, and more than 125 million around the world.

This condition is characterized by a skin lifestyle that is much faster than it should be, which results in the skin cells building up on the surface. The scales these create can be very itchy, uncomfortable, and even painful. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are ways to help control the symptoms. Most people have triggers or influences that cause or worsen psoriasis symptoms. One of the most common is stress. Your parent might experience a flare when they are under stress, or they might experience more intense symptoms if they are stressed. As a family caregiver, if you take the time to help your senior manage stress, you can help them to reduce psoriasis symptoms and better cope with the disease.

 

Use these tips to help your senior manage stress to reduce psoriasis:

Encourage your aging parent to utilize relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises.

Work with them to create a home environment that is clean, organized, streamlined, and peaceful. Living in this type of environment is far less stressful, and can help your parent cope with emotional situations.

Help your parents find a support group. Support groups are designed to give people a place where they can express their emotions, talk about what they’re going through, receive advice from others who have been where they are, and even help those who are not as far in their journey. All of these to ease stress, and support better emotional health.

Consider starting elderly care for your parent. Having an elderly home care services provider with your senior enables them to have more control and autonomy in their daily life. Feeling more independent can reduce stress, as can knowing they have access to care and support tasks tailored specifically to helping your parent meet their needs effectively.

 

Helping to ease and manage stress can be a valuable service of an elderly care provider. Your parent’s stress is not the only issue you should be thinking about when you are caring for them during their later years. As a family caregiver, it is also extremely important for you to keep in mind your own stress, and the impact this can have on your mental, emotional, and even physical health and well-being. Those adults who choose to become family caregivers are more susceptible to experiencing stress, as well as the complications and consequences associated with it, then those adults who are not family caregivers.

If you do not manage this stress properly, you can experience a variety of complications including increased risk for illness and infection, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and more. The services of an elderly home care services provider can make a tremendous difference. Knowing your parent has access to customized care lets you worry less, allows you more time to yourself, and gives you the opportunity to focus on other elements of your life so you feel less “stretched thin”, and better able to be your best for everyone who relies on you.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Fairfax, VA, please contact the caring staff at BrightHope Home Care and Senior Care today. Call us at 703-595-2878  ~ We serve all of Northern VA.

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