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11 Tips to Boost Seniors’ Immunity in the Winter

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Boost Seniors’ Immunity at Aurora Home Care, Inc.

With the winter weather settling in, it’s important to keep up your senior’s health.

Boost your senior’s immune system for the harsh winter weather with these 11 tips:

  1. Exercise daily.
    Or at least weekly. Keeping your blood pumping and your body moving is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Eat a balanced diet.
    Eating the right foods equals housing a healthy gut and a healthy gut equals a healthy body.
  3. Consider herbal supplements.
    Seniors don’t always need to load up on medications.
    Taking a daily vitamin or an herbal supplement can really help build their immune system on the regular.
  4. Stay warm.
    When your body is cold, it has to expend extra energy to warm you up.
    Turn up the heat, bundle up, and let your senior’s body focus its energy on what really matters.
  5. Wash your hands.
    Just because other people are getting colds, doesn’t mean you need to also. Wash your hands the minute you get back home. This will lessen yours and your senior’s chance of catching other people’s bacteria and contagions.
  6. Drink water.
    Another healthy body tip is to always stay hydrated.
    Your senior should be drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water every day.
    If your senior has trouble keeping track of his or her water intake, invest in a large glass water bottle. If the weight is too much, you can go for a plastic BPA free bottle instead. It’s easier to drink and stay hydrated when the water is right in front of you.
  7. Eats foods that help.
    Certain foods are known to help boost health and immune systems. Foods like turmeric, garlic, ginger, spinach, and citrus fruits.
    Luckily, these ingredients are easy to throw into almost anything you’re making already.
    You can also throw some of them into a blender, add a little water (or your favorite nut milk) and bam. It’s a power food smoothie for your senior’s health.
  8. Mind over matter.
    Sometimes it just comes down to what you believe.
    If you think you can get better- then you will. If you think it’s impossible- well, you’re just harming your best chances.
    Let your senior know that positive thoughts really make a difference.
  9. Take breaks.
    Just like anything in this world, too much of something can be a bad thing. While stress actually drives us forward and sometimes helps us make our best decisions, too much stress can result in physical weariness or harm.
    So, make sure your senior is taking care to take breaks.
    This could be a physical break- some kind of spa day or “me” time or r a mental break- focusing the brain’s attention on a different project or activity.
  10. Make time for friends and family.
    Friends and family make us happy and when our minds our happy, our bodies tend to follow along better.
    Make sure your senior is keeping up with social connections that matter.
  11. Be conscious of your senior’s health.
    If you’re looking at this list and thinking “I can never do all these things,”- that’s okay!
    Boosting your senior’s immune system isn’t about being perfect. It’s about making a conscious effort to help your loved ones.
    As long as you’re trying, and as long as you’re making decisions that ultimately benefit your senior’s health- you can take it slow, at your own pace.

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