It’s important to consider how to prepare for the flu season for adults in active senior living centers. The flu may seem like a minor inconvenience to many, but it can cause complications for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Protect yourself this flu season by looking after your body, your mind, and your loved ones.
Flu Season Essentials: Active Senior Living
Getting a flu vaccine is the best prevention measure you can take to reduce the risk of contracting the flu. With flu strains constantly changing from year to year, this is something that you need to do every year when the flu season comes around. While the best time to take the flu shot is October before flu season starts, it’s not too late to get a shot before the peak months, which often occur in January and February. In addition to the flu shot, it’s also worth asking your doctor about a pneumococcal vaccine.
Self-care is another part of essential in flu prevention. Washing your hands often, and not touching your face can help in reducing the spread of germs. The CDC’s flu prevention measures recommend proper prevention.
The Importance Of A Strong Immune System
A strong immune system can help your body protect against viruses – the benefits of a healthy immune system last much longer than just the flu season, giving you year-round protection.
A good diet is vital to active senior living; it gives your body the energy it needs to look after itself. Meals rich in vitamins and antioxidants, like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, work to keep your immune system boosted. In some cases, your doctor may advise vitamin or nutrient supplements to make up for things not found in your diet already. Always consult with a professional before making any drastic changes to your eating habits.
Manage Your Stress
Long-term stress takes a toll on your body and your mind. Mental stress can show itself in somatic forms, so it’s important to take time to relax and unwind if you’re feeling tense. Spend some time out in the sun gardening, reading, or sit and chat with friends. Keep to a regular sleep schedule and aim for good quality sleep, too, as all of this supports your immune system.
We all know that staying active is beneficial but as we get older it can be hard to find the right kind of activity to do. You might feel comfortable going for a short walk in the morning or doing some gentle stretches from your bed, are enough to keep you moving. Exercise keeps your blood flowing and your heart strong, better equipping your body to handle the flu season.
Around-The-Clock Care At Eastside Active Living
If you start showing flu symptoms, it’s important to act fast. At Eastside Active Living, our on-site doctor is available to support you through the flu season. We promote good nutrition with our nutritious menu options and daily schedules with activities to suit everyone.
If you are looking for assisted or independent living options for yourself or your loved ones give Eastside Active Living a call and find out about our affordable senior living options at 954-923-5057.