June is National PTSD Awareness Month. As a family caregiver this is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how it impacts your loved one, as well as the care that you can give them to help them cope with it.
Some things that you should know about PTSD include:
- 70 percent of adults throughout the United States report having experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives
- This number is approximately 223.4 million people throughout the nation
- Approximately 20 percent of those who experience a traumatic event will go on to experience post traumatic stress disorder
- Around 1 out of every 9 women in the nation develops post traumatic stress disorder
- This number accounts for more than 10 percent of the total population of women in the country
- Women are more than twice as likely as men to develop PTSD
- At any given time, approximately 24.4 million people throughout the United States are living with PTSD
- This number equates 8 percent of the total population of the country, or the total of the population of the state of Texas
- Approximately 50 percent of outpatient mental health patients throughout the country are dealing with PTSD
Trauma can come in many different forms and each person’s experience with trauma and with this condition of PTSD is unique to them. Your elderly loved one might have a history of military service, have experienced the death of a loved one, seen a natural disaster or other massive event, or gone through a crime. Whatever they have gone through, this trauma can make a tremendous impact on them emotionally, mentally, and even physically. The care that you give them can help them to manage this and maintain a better lifestyle as they age.
If you have been looking for ways to improve your elderly loved one’s quality of life and achieve and maintain a fulfilling lifestyle as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to start senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is ideal for their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, but also for the amount and type of care that you give to them. This care provider can give your senior a highly personalized set of services designed to help them stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, but also to encourage a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. These services can include anything from providing safe and reliable transportation to get them where they need and want to go, to helping them manage activities of daily living and personal care, to providing companionship and emotional support. This can give you peace of mind knowing that they will get everything that they need to enjoy their later years both when you are with them and when you are not.
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