Is Shingles Really a Risk for Your Senior?

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Whether you have been a family caregiver for years or are just getting started, one risk you have likely heard a considerable amount about is shingles. Understanding this risk is an important part of protecting their health and well-being as they age in place.


Some things you should know about shingles and the risk it may present to your parent include:

Elder Care West University Place, TX: Shingles Risk and Seniors

Elder Care West University Place, TX: Shingles Risk and Seniors

● Approximately 1 out of every 3 people throughout the United States will develop shingles at some point in their life
● There are approximately 1 million cases of shingles in the country each year
● The virus that causes shingles is the same one that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox has the virus in them and is at risk of developing shingles
● The risk for developing shingles increases with age
● Those who are living with further compromised immune systems are at even higher risk for developing shingles


Shingles can lead to a variety of potentially serious symptoms and complications. The rash itself can be very painful and those who develop it on their face are at risk of experiencing damage to their vision and even blindness. If you are concerned about your parent’s health and their risk for developing shingles, don’t hesitate to get in touch with their doctor. The doctor can evaluate your parent’s health and determine if the shingles vaccine may be the right choice for helping them stay healthy. This immunization is not appropriate for all seniors and it may not be right for your loved one according to their health and condition. This makes it crucial to talk to their doctor before your parent gets this shot.


In your role as a family caregiver, helping your parent to stay healthy is one of the most important things you can do. Making elder care a part of your care efforts for your parent can help you to achieve this goal. An elderly home care services provider can offer a wide range of services specifically customized to your loved one and their needs. These services empower your parent to take more control over their health, make good choices, manage their health issues effectively, and continue to live their best life as they age in place. Some of these services can include helping your parent to eat a healthy diet that fits with any restrictions the doctor has given, encouraging physical activity, assisting with activities of daily living to conserve energy, germ control, medication reminders, and more.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care in West University Place, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338.Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.

About the author: Sid Gerber
Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 25 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs. In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston. In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA). Sid Gerber is a Google Verified Author