There's nothing worse than the common cold. This is especially true for seniors, who may be more vulnerable to illnesses as they age. If you're looking to keep your elderly loved ones healthy, consider the following 5 methods to prevent the Common Cold:
Cleanliness is the biggest factor in avoiding illnesses. Practicing good hygiene is probably the most effective way to stave off a cold, because when we don't wash, brush our teeth, etc., we allow germs to accumulate. The same is true for living spaces as well; scraps of food or expired leftovers can leave spores that can cause sickness. Dirt, grime, dust and mold can also cause illnesses. Regular bathing and housekeeping goes a long way in fighting illness.
If cleanliness is half the battle, proper nutrition is the other half. A balanced diet that provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals can improve the ability to fight off a cold. Vitamin C is especially important, but Zinc is also key when a cold is coming on.
It may be hard to believe, but social and emotional health can also ward off sickness. Positive time with friends and loved ones bolsters our emotional health, which strengthens the body against infection. This is due to the chemicals that get released into the body when hormones are triggered by social stimuli. On the other hand...
It's key to avoid stress in order to avoid colds. Stress creates the 'fight or flight' response, which while immensely helpful in the short term, causes damage to the body and makes it more vulnerable to infection if it is triggered more often. Relax!
On that note, rest and relaxation is a great way to de-stress, and otherwise help your body rest and recharge. Being well rested increases the odds of staying healthy, so don't skip on the sleep!
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!