Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Shingles?

Approximately 1 million Americans will experience shingles each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three people in the United States will develop this condition at some point in their lives. Arising from the same virus that causes chickenpox, varicella zoster, shingles can be a devastating condition that can produce symptoms and complications that can linger for years after the condition itself has cleared up.

Home Care Brighton NY - Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Shingles?

Home Care Brighton NY – Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Shingles?

These statistics can be intimidating, but as a family caregiver it is important that you understand the danger of shingles and can take the steps to protect your parent, or to ensure that you can give them the care that they need should they develop it in their later years.

One of the most important first steps in this is understanding your parents particular risk for the disease so that you can manage these risk factors as effectively as possible.

Some of the risk factors for shingles include:

  • Being over the age of 50. Risk for developing shingles increases with age. Approximately half of people over the age of 80 experience shingles.
  • Suffering from medical conditions that further compromise the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.
  • Currently undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy that can further suppress the immune system.
  • Taking certain prescription medications has been shown to increase the risk of shingles. This is particularly true for those that are meant to reduce the risk of rejection for transplanted organs and prolonged use of steroids.
  • Having had chickenpox. If your senior has had chickenpox, the virus already lives inside them and could emerge at any time.

If your aging parent has been struggling with challenges that you do not feel you can meet, your schedule is too busy for you to give them the level of care that they need, you struggle with your own limitations that keep you from giving them adequate care, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care and attention, now may be the ideal time for you to start home care for them.

Through home care your aging parent can manage their challenges and limitations, seek a more active and engaged lifestyle, and maintain as much independence as possible as they age in place. The services can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with personal care needs, help with keeping the home clean and tidy, meal preparation, and companionship to support mental and emotional health and well-being.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Brighton NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)