Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Shingles?

Approximately 1 million Americans will experience shingles each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three people in the United States will develop this condition at some point in their lives. Arising from the same virus that causes chickenpox, varicella zoster, shingles can be a devastating condition that can produce symptoms and complications that can linger for years after the condition itself has cleared up.

Home Care Brighton NY - Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Shingles?

Home Care Brighton NY – Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Shingles?

These statistics can be intimidating, but as a family caregiver it is important that you understand the danger of shingles and can take the steps to protect your parent, or to ensure that you can give them the care that they need should they develop it in their later years.

One of the most important first steps in this is understanding your parents particular risk for the disease so that you can manage these risk factors as effectively as possible.

Some of the risk factors for shingles include:

  • Being over the age of 50. Risk for developing shingles increases with age. Approximately half of people over the age of 80 experience shingles.
  • Suffering from medical conditions that further compromise the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.
  • Currently undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy that can further suppress the immune system.
  • Taking certain prescription medications has been shown to increase the risk of shingles. This is particularly true for those that are meant to reduce the risk of rejection for transplanted organs and prolonged use of steroids.
  • Having had chickenpox. If your senior has had chickenpox, the virus already lives inside them and could emerge at any time.

If your aging parent has been struggling with challenges that you do not feel you can meet, your schedule is too busy for you to give them the level of care that they need, you struggle with your own limitations that keep you from giving them adequate care, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care and attention, now may be the ideal time for you to start home care for them.

Through home care your aging parent can manage their challenges and limitations, seek a more active and engaged lifestyle, and maintain as much independence as possible as they age in place. The services can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with personal care needs, help with keeping the home clean and tidy, meal preparation, and companionship to support mental and emotional health and well-being.

Sources:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/symptoms-causes/syc-20353054

https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Brighton NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

John Hunt

John Hunt

I am the owner of Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC.

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