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Veterans Home Care Charlotte NC – Dealing with Psoriasis

While skin aging is a natural part of growing old, there are factors that can speed up the skin’s aging process and make it look older prematurely. They include smoking, too much sun exposure and alcohol. Some illnesses and some medications can also age the skin. Not everyone will have the same amount of skin aging at the same rate, but eventually older skin loses collagen and becomes thin. It loses some of its strength, resiliency and tends to wrinkle.

Some people develop a skin problem called psoriasis. This is a very irritating and painful condition that leads to dry, cracked and thickened skin. If your elderly parent suffers from psoriasis, she should see the doctor to get a treatment and to make sure other medications she is taking are not making the psoriasis worse.

Your parent’s senior care services provider can help you by making sure the psoriasis is being treated with medicated cream and by reminding your parent to take her medications on time.

The senior’s skin should be examined and moisturized regularly to avoid problems getting worse. All bumps and scrapes should be monitored to make sure she doesn’t develop a psoriatic lesion.

Psoriasis affects quality of life. Some people consider it so unsightly they don’t want to be seen in public. The pain and itchiness can also be unbearable. Stress may also be a factor in triggering episodes of psoriasis. The elderly person should know they are not along. Every year there is an increase in numbers of elderly people who require psoriasis treatment and management.

Questions about psoriasis and how it will change with age or affect your elderly loved one should be brought to her doctor or healthcare provider.

Research shows that a healthy diet contributes toward healthy skin. Foods that are good for healthy skin should be on her plate every day. Vitamin A is essential for the skin, so that’s first on the list. Low-fat dairy products, carrots, yogurt are all helpful. Next on the list are blackberries, blueberries, plums and strawberries.

It shows when a person starves their skin by not eating the foods that bring nutrients to the skin.

The very colorful foods that are high in antioxidants are good choices for skin. Next in line are the high quality essential fats found in salmon, olive oil, walnuts and flax seed. Skin cells need essential fatty acids for healthy membranes.

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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.

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