June is National Home Safety Month; it is also National Scleroderma Month. What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes the hardening of connective tissue (including the organs and skin). Our skin, bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments are all made up of collagen. With scleroderma, the body makes too much collagen. Localized scleroderma only affects the skin, while systemic scleroderma impacts internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, and digestive tract.
Scleroderma is a rare disease, with less than 500,000 in the US having the condition.
The effects of scleroderma can vary from mild to life-threatening depending on the part of the body affected
There is no cure for the Scleroderma but treatments include
It’s important for someone with scleroderma to remain as active as possible, maintaining daily routines to help maintain flexibility.
Aging in place tips for someone with scleroderma include; using wide handled kitchen and bathroom utensils such as utensils with built -up grips, and lever door handles and rocker switches throughout the home.