As a family caregiver, awareness is critical. Understanding the risks that your aging parent is facing or the issues that they have already developed allows you to devise a course of care and management that coordinates with that of their medical team to ensure that they have everything that they need to handle their issues in the way that is right for them. May is Celiac Awareness Month. This is the perfect time for you to learn more about this often misunderstood condition and how you can make meaningful modifications to your care efforts for your aging parent to help them to cope with this condition, avoid complications, and maintain their quality of life as they age in place.
Some things that you should know about celiac disease include:
- Celiac is a genetic autoimmune disease that can have serious implications for health and quality of life
- Only approximately 1 percent of the total population of the United States actually has celiac disease
- This is approximately 1 in 133 people throughout the country
- Celiac disease impacts both men and women, and occurs across all ethnicities
- It is estimated that 83 percent of those who are living with celiac disease have been misdiagnosed as having another condition
- The average person goes through approximately 6 to 10 years of misdiagnoses and non-diagnoses before they receive the accurate diagnosis of celiac disease
- Celiac disease can contribute to and worsen a wide variety of health issues, including reduced bone density, some forms of cancer, other autoimmune disorders, and neurological disorders
- There are no medications that are used to treat celiac disease
- There is no cure for celiac disease
- The only way to manage celiac disease is to completely remove all gluten from the diet and other consumables
If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease or you have been looking for ways to help them manage this condition more effectively as they age in place, starting home care for them may be the ideal option for improving their quality of life and supporting their health. An in-home senior care services provider can be there with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that their needs are met while also encouraging them to maintain mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being, while also helping them to stay as independent, active, and fulfilled as possible as they age in place. When it comes to celiac disease, this includes helping your parent to understand the issues that their disease entails and what they can do to manage it properly, as well as offering reminders to keep them compliant with any medications, guidelines, or recommendations offered by their doctor. They can also provide safe and reliable transportation to the grocery store to help them
stock their kitchen with the foods that are right for their needs, get into the kitchen to prepare meals and snacks with them, and encourage them to choose the right foods throughout their care journey.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Danbury, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.