Achoo! How Seniors Can Boost Their Immunity This Cold SeasonNovember 28, 2018
Alas, the cold and flu season is here. Regardless of our age, this time of year can be especially tricky when it comes to staying healthy and energized. Flu-related sickness can put seniors at risk for more serious health issues, such as pneumonia. That’s why prevention is key! Read on for tips on how to boost immunity and stay health this season.
#1 Flu Shot
Older adults and caregivers can prevent getting the flu by proactively getting a flu shot. The best time of year to get the shot is in October, but getting the shot at any time is better than not getting it at all. Doctors’ offices and local pharmacies offer flu shots.
#2 Stay Hydrated
Staying well hydrated is a surefire way to flush out any potential toxins and stay healthy during the winter months. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day, and increase water consumption when you’re trying ward off the flu. Warm fluids, like hot tea with lemon and honey, can be especially soothing this time of year!
#3 Stock Up on Vitamin C
Vitamin C, and vitamins in general, are essential to staying healthy. However, they’re especially essential during the cold and flu season. Vitamin C is known to boost immunity and can protect seniors from catching a cold or flu. If you feel a cold coming on, try adding Emergen-C packets to your water and pick up a few extra oranges and lemons at the grocery store.
#4 Dress in Layers
Believe it or not, when we are physically cold, we’re more likely to catch a cold. That’s why it’s important to dress warmly during the colder months, being sure to dress in layers, especially when planning to go outdoors. If you’re living in a colder climate, hats and gloves will be your best friend!
#Stay Well Rested
Between all of the fun holiday-related festivities, it’s all too easy to fall behind on sleep! Be sure to get a full night’s rest, though, which is at least 7-8 hours a night. By staying well rested, seniors can ensure that their immune systems are in tip-top shape.
Cheers to Good Health!
We hope these tips have been helpful. If you have any questions about life at Blue Harbor Senior Living, reach out to us. For additional senior health-related tips, be sure to browse the wellness section of our blog. Happy holidays from your True Blue family!
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