Have you washed your hands lately? And if you did, how long did you scrub them with soap and water? One study showed that flu germs can spread through an entire office in mere hours. Pneumonia is one of the most common sicknesses in the elderly. That’s because seniors over the age of 65 are more susceptible to pneumonia, especially during cold and wet months of winter. It can start with a simple cold, develop into bronchitis, and develop into pneumonia. Preventing pneumonia is possible with some basic tips and knowledge.
Classic signs are alternating fevers and chills and coughing. If seniors don’t show these signs, be on the lookout for unusual weakness, delirium or dizziness. These symptoms are more vague, but if they are present it’s important to get checked for pneumonia or a greater potential threat.
Good Hygiene Practices
Many simple colds and flus can be avoided when we wash our hands frequently. Washing regularly, as well as brushing and flossing, will keep down the risk of infections. Most importantly, if you are sick, stay away from the elderly to prevent spreading your germs to them.
Prevent with Immunizations and Flu Shots
At-risk elders are advised to get vaccinated against bacterial pneumococcal pneumonia, a one-time shot that prevents or reduces the severity of pneumonia.
Quit the Smokes for Good
While smoking, the lungs cannot defend themselves as well against infection. Smoking puts seniors at a severe risk for pneumonia, as well as a myriad of other health risks.
Sleep, Food, and Exercise
Overall good health habits that are practiced daily and long term will have the best outcome for staying healthy throughout the winter and beyond. Getting enough rest, at least six hours a night, eating a balanced and nutritious diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and daily exercises can ward off illnesses.
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