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Seniors Need Assistance from In-Home Geriatric Care Professionals to Boost Their Immune Systems
Sep 22, 2016 by Lulu Jensen
According to Geriatric care providers, boosting the immune system is especially important during the fall as temperatures fluctuate from warm to cool, to hot, and back to cold. Temperature changes can affect mood and alter the immune system, making seniors vulnerable to illness. Aging in itself reduces the effectiveness of the immune system, so your mother and father may become more susceptible to viruses, inflammatory diseases, and cancer regardless of any other outside factor.
Did you know the leading cause of death in seniors is respiratory infections from the flu and pneumonia? Geriatric care providers remind family caretakers that seniors should have their flu vaccinations and updates on their pneumonia vaccine.
In addition to the flu and pneumonia vaccines, geriatric care aides suggest the following tips to boost the immune system:
- Nutritional Diet: Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins C and E are essential. It is also important to maintain a low sugar intake as well. Adding whole grains, lean proteins and water to a senior’s daily routine will help cleanse the body.
- Exercise: Regular daily movement is important for everyone. Age should not stop your mother or father from walking, chair yoga, tai chi, or hand clapping. It is important to keep the circulation going and the body and mind connected.
- Stress Reduction: Stress can leave the body vulnerable to disease. Listening to music is often a great stress release, and it allows the endorphins to surface and cleanse the body with natural antioxidants. If your parent is more active, sometimes exercise, dancing, singing, or playing a non-competitive game releases stress.
- Sleep: A good night’s sleep provides a boost to the immune system. Oversleeping does not. Too much sleep may be a sign of depression or another undiagnosed illness. Eight hours of continuous sleep is a good break from the waking cycle, and it refreshes the body and soul.
Senior care experts agree that keeping the immune system clean, clear, and safe from the outside sources that should not be invited it takes time, but in the end, it’s worth it for a healthier life.