Blog | October 11, 2023
Preparing For Cold & Flu Season As An Older Adult
Autumn is truly a magical time of year. As the leaves begin to change colours and fall to the ground, they provide a sense of peace and serenity. The air is cool and crisp, and the smell of wood smoke and pumpkin spice fills the air. It’s a time of transition, where the world prepares to hibernate for the winter. While autumn is a time of beauty, peace, and hope, it does beckon the approach of colder months, and cold and flu season. Accordingly, it is important for older adults to take extra precautions to stay healthy during this time.
Below are some tips and tricks to help keep you feeling your best:
1. Get vaccinated:
The flu vaccine is highly recommended for older adults as it can help prevent serious complications from the flu, like pneumonia. At Trico LivingWell, we provide influenza shots on-site for all residents on an annual basis to keep our community safe and healthy.
2. Avoid crowds:
Being in large groups in poorly ventilated spaces can increase your chance of catching the flu. At Trico LivingWell, one of the ways we mitigate this risk is through our air filtration system – individual fan coils, heat recovery ventilators and HEPA filters maximize our air quality and flow to keep residents healthy.
3. Stay warm:
Dress in warm layers to keep your body temperature regulated. This can help reduce the risk of catching a cold. Be sure to layer your clothing for the ease of being able to bundle up in the chilly mornings and shed some layers as the sun shines in the afternoon.
4. Stay hydrated:
Dehydration is an often-overlooked health risk for older adults, given that as we age, our bodies naturally contain less water than children, or even younger adults. Water is necessary for nearly every bodily function and plays a role in keeping our immune system strong.
5. Stay active:
Exercise helps boost your immune system and keep you feeling your best. Try going for a walk or doing some light stretching. At Trico LivingWell, we offer our residents access to our wellness centre as well as a variety of fun exercise classes to stay active.