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5 Ways Seniors can Combat Wintertime Illness

October 28, 2014

“Getting older is a part of life” – isn’t that what everyone says? One of the ways that aging affects the body is by decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system. This can cause problems for elderly people and even more so in the winter months. It is critical for the well-being of any senior to know and put into action effective methods to reduce the chances of contracting a wintertime sickness.

Always consult with your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your lifestyle, like starting a new diet or exercise regimen.

Eat a Healthy Diet

One of the keys to longevity, good health and a strong immune system lies in the foods you eat. This is even truer for older adults. By eating a diet that is well-balanced with lean meats, fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, you can help discourage winter illness. A nutritious diet is critical to the health and well-being of any individual.

Get Vaccinated

One of the most effective ways to reduce the chance of getting the flu during the winter months is by getting a flu shot. This is particularly important for elderly people and can drastically reduce the possibility of falling ill with this unwanted, sometime fatal sickness.

It only takes a short visit to your neighborhood pharmacy to receive a vaccination.

Get Plenty of Rest

It is extremely important for older adults to have at least seven or eight hour of sleep per night for normal recovery. This will assist in building a stronger immune system, which works to help fight off winter diseases effectively.

Some seniors may have difficulty sleeping, and if so, this should be discussed with the family doctor.

Take Vitamins

There are days when the right amount of nutrition is impossible to achieve, and this can adversely affect the immune system of an older individual. Taking a multivitamin on a daily basis can work to offset the lack of nutrition on a consistent basis. Additionally, consider taking zinc and Vitamin C to reduce the possibilities of contracting a winter illness (once you’ve cleared it with your physician).

Wash your Hands

Viruses and other winter illnesses are often contracted when out and about among other people. One of the most effective ways to reduce the possibility of getting sick during the winter months is by consistently washing your hands throughout the day. Be sure to use warm water and lather up with an anti-bacterial soap for the best results.

Staying healthy during the winter months doesn’t have to be a challenge as you get older. Simply treat yourself with a little more care and take precautions when the temperatures begin to drop. Each Concordia location provides a clean environment for senior living, helping reduce the risk of illness and the spreading of germs. Many of our campuses offer complimentary shuttle services and health care coordination, giving our residents access to the healthcare, pharmacies and vaccinations they need to better prepare for the winter months ahead. If you are a senior looking to ease your way of living, consider what the personal care services and benefits a Concordia senior living community can do for you.

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