Fall is here and that means seniors need to start taking precautions to avoid getting sick. Once cold and flu season begins seniors have a much higher risk than other groups of getting severely ill. And seniors also need to watch out for illnesses like COVID-19 and RSV. There is no way to completely prevent illness this fall. But, seniors should start by making sure they get a flu vaccine and update their COVID-19 vaccine. Home care assistance providers can help seniors get to a medical appointment or a clinic to get the vaccines they need.
Seniors can use these tips to avoid getting sick this fall:
Wash Hands Frequently
Regular handwashing with soap and water is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of germs. Seniors should wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public places or touching potentially contaminated surfaces.
Use Hand Sanitizer
When soap and water aren’t readily available, seniors should carry hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and use it frequently, especially before eating or touching their face.
Avoid Close Contact With People
During flu season, seniors should avoid close contact with individuals who are sick. Encourage family and friends to stay away if they have symptoms of illness. Seniors who need to go out in large crowds should maintain social distancing and use hand sanitizer frequently.
In crowded or indoor settings, wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses. Seniors should consider wearing masks in places like grocery stores or public transportation.
Exercise can improve overall health and strengthen the immune system. Seniors should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, such as brisk walking, swimming, or yoga. If the weather is too awful to exercise outdoors seniors should think about joining a gym or walking in an indoor space by joining a mall walking club.
Chronic stress can weaken the immune system. Seniors should engage in stress-reducing activities like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or hobbies they enjoy.
Clean and Disinfect
Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home, such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops. This reduces the risk of contact transmission of germs.
Get Plenty of Sleep
A good night’s sleep is crucial for a healthy immune system. Seniors should aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Seniors who are struggling to get a good night’s sleep should talk to their doctor.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals can help support a strong immune system. Seniors should be eating foods rich in vitamin C, zinc, and antioxidants to boost their immune systems. Bone broth can also help seniors boost their immune system.
Be Prepared For Colds And Flu
Keep a supply of over-the-counter cold and flu remedies at home. If you experience flu-like symptoms, consult with your healthcare provider promptly to determine if antiviral medication is needed.
If you or a loved one are considering Home Care Assistance Services in Monroeville PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
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