Flu season is here, so it’s important to fight against it by giving the immune system an extra boost. Having a strong immune system is important for seniors because they are more susceptible to infections. By taking extra precautions and steps seniors can combat flu season!
How to boost your immune system during flu season
It’s crucial for seniors to create healthy living strategies because aging leads to a higher vulnerability of infections and inflammatory diseases. Respiratory infections, such as influenza and pneumonia are the leading cause of death in people over the age of 65. By following the tips below it’s possible for a faster recovery and the prevention of other serious health issues.
10 tips to boost the immune system
WebMD and Harvard medical school recommend these steps for overcoming flu season:
1. Take Supplements
Herbal supplements, multivitamins, and probiotics are a powerful way to combat the flu. Before using them seniors should consult with their doctor first. The supplements to discuss with a healthcare provider are echinacea, ginseng, multivitamins, and probiotics.
2. Eat Healthy
Seniors typically eat smaller amounts and have less of a variety of foods. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is essential for beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and zinc. Overall, a regime that contains lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat, and low-sugar will promote good health.
3. Get Moving
A routine of regular exercise improves circulation, the cardiovascular system, and calms the mind and body. Walking, yoga, and exercise classes increase the immune system to fight infections.
4. Get the Flu Shot
Getting vaccinated for the flu has been shown to dramatically lower the risk of sickness. It has been shown effective in one-quarter of seniors.
5. Don’t Stress
Having too much stress can lead to a number of illnesses, such as heart disease and stomach problems. Stressful situations, including isolation and social stress can suppress the immune system making the body more vulnerable to viruses.
6. Sleep Well
Having a good night’s rest is one of the best natural immune system boosters. Sleeping well helps the body respond better to inflammation and stress. Also, it improves the body’s response to the flu vaccine.
7. Drink Water
Staying hydrated with soup, coffee, tea, and water keeps the mucous membranes moist and lowers the chance of the flu. The sense of thirst is less than in younger people, so it’s important for seniors to get their 8 cups of fluids a day.
8. Positive Thinking
Maintaining a positive lifestyle, such as staying busy with activities and hobbies, increases happiness. This allows seniors to stay healthy and positive, boosting endorphins that create a sense of feeling good.
9. Eat Superfoods
Eating foods like seeds, nuts, berries, greens, and avocados can improve immune system performance. They have even been known to boost cognitive function and fight against dementia.
10. Clean Hands
Good health habits like washing hands and covering coughs can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
Senior Activities at The Victorian Assisted Living and Retirement Center
The Victorian is an assisted living and retirement community that puts resident well-being first and foremost. We strive to provide the best quality of life possible and make living independently a reality.
We also understand the importance of social health. That’s why we offer a wide variety of social activities for seniors ranging from fun to therapeutic. From chair yoga, to trivia night, there’s no shortage of interesting senior activities to spark imagination and conversation.
If you or a loved one are considering assisted living or looking for a retirement center, contact The Victorian today to learn about our services or tour around our community.