As we enter the heart of cold and flu season, it’s important for senior citizens — and their caretakers — to take certain precautions and understand the effect that this type of weather can have on them. For some, the flu may just be an inconvenience that causes them to miss a couple days of work. But for older adults, especially those with pre-existing conditions, it can become life-threatening.
Here are some steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you this winter:
Get a Flu Shot
According to the American Lung Association, adults over the age of fifty should get a seasonal flu shot. Preventing the flu before you get it is the best way to avoid any complications associated with the condition. You can get ahead of it by getting an annual flu shot. Not only will it help prevent you from possibly getting sick, but it’s also protecting the people around you. The shot is most effective when it’s given at the start of cold and flu season, but you can get one at any time.
Keep Your Distance
It’s not only important for older adults to get flu shots, but their families as well. As much as you may love spending time with your grandkids, they can carry any number of germs or bacteria that can negatively affect the elderly. If someone you know does get sick, try to avoid contact with them until they are feeling better.
Wash Your Hands
Germs are the main way the flu and other sicknesses are spread. One of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria that can cause illness is by simply washing your hands. The most effective way to remove all germs and bacteria is by scrubbing and lathering your hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse under warm water.
Getting regular exercise is a great way to boost the immune system. That might be difficult for older adults thanks to these tough Wisconsin winters, but there are activities you can do indoors to increase circulation of antibodies that fight away germs and bacteria. It can be as simple as getting up and walking around the house more or taking a short walk outside when conditions are right.
How can Assisted Living Help?
While winter does pose certain challenges for seniors, the awareness and planning offered by communities like Legacy Assisted Living can help seniors stay healthy year round. Our team of experienced staff members works round-the-clock to ensure residents are not only comfortable but have all the necessary care available in the event that someone does get sick.
If you or your loved one is at the point where caring for themselves has become too much, please feel free to contact us at Legacy Assisted Living in Pewaukee, WI. You can call (262) 696-8252 or fill out the form below to schedule a visit to our beautiful community.