Dec 15, 2015 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg
While fall brings about cooler weather, the holidays, and the changing of the leaves, it also leads us into the season of abundant germs. Children, seniors, and those with weak immune systems are especially at risk for catching the seasonal cold or flu. While the flu vaccination is highly recommended for seniors, the chance of getting through the season without becoming ill is quite slim. However, there are some recommended tips in order to prevent illness.
Wash Your Hands
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises washing your hands frequently during the day with warm, soapy water - for 20 seconds longer than you normally would. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent the catching and spreading of germs. When you sneeze or cough, do so in the crook of your elbow, using your non-dominant arm. This helps prevent germs from going airborne.
The Gift you can’t return
While the holidays with your family can be a wonderful memory, it can also be a potential location to spread those germs. It’s natural to want to visit your friend at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, however you should limit your time in enclosed spaces with people who are exhibiting signs of being ill. Remember to be courteous to those seniors and children who are susceptible to illness.
Eat Your Veggies
A healthy immune system will help keep those germs at bay. A diet consisting of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and vitamin C can help boost your immune system. In particular, foods that are high in vitamin C (red, yellow, and green peppers, pineapples, oranges, and kiwis) will actually produce antibodies that help fight infections. Experts also recommend getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night to let your body rest and to rejuvenate.
Take a Walk
Finally, to help keep stress under control, the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends 30 minutes of exercise (or an activity you love) a day to maintain a healthy immune system. The Spotsylvania Towne Centre is a great indoor facility to walk with family or friends. It is not necessary to be quarantined during this season, but by putting these simple methods in place, you can help limit your susceptibility to these dreaded seasonal germs.
If your loved one has trouble remembering to eat well or needs a companion for exercise, our caregivers at Comfort Keepers® can provide loving in-home care so they can continue to live healthy and independently in their own homes. Call us at (540) 212-9707 today or contact us to talk to a senior adviser.