The surge of gluten-free food offerings in the marketplace has brought a tremendous amount of attention to the existence of Celiac Disease, but there are still a large number of misunderstandings and misinformation about this disease and how it impacts people. As a family caregiver, it is important that you understand what this disease really is and how it could influence your parent’s health and quality of life if they are living with it as they age in place.
September 13 is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.
This is the ideal time for you to learn more about this disease and what you can do to help your parent cope with it in the way that is right for them.
Some things that you should know about National Celiac Disease Awareness Day include:
- Celiac is not an allergy, but a genetic autoimmune disease that leads to the damage of the villi inside of the small intestines.
- This damage leads to difficulty absorbing nutrients in food.
- Approximately 1 in every 133 people throughout the United States is currently living with Celiac Disease.
- This number accounts for approximately 1 percent of to the total population of the nation.
- This disease impacts both men and women.
- People of all ages can and do develop Celiac Disease.
- An estimated 83 percent of those with the disease have either been misdiagnosed as having another condition, or have not been diagnosed at all.
- An average of between 6 and 10 years passes between a person noticing symptoms and getting the proper diagnosis.
- Between 5 and 22 percent of people with this disease have an immediate family member who also has it.
If you have been looking for a way to improve your elderly parent’s quality of life and help them to maintain a more fulfilling, healthier, and safer lifestyle as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a fully customized schedule that ensures your parent will have the type of care, support, encouragement, and assistance that they need to help them handle their personal challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them. Highly personalized services allow your parent to stay as independent as possible while also ensuring that they are safe, healthy, and comfortable throughout their later years. As a family caregiver this can give you confidence that your family member is in good hands both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
If you or someone you know needs home care in Mankato, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.