What to Know About the flu in Elderly Adults

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Now that fall us upon us, it is time to get serious about flu prevention. Elderly adults, especially those with chronic health conditions, are at a high risk for developing health complications due toElder-Care-in-Stonybrook-NY the flu virus. In fact, it has even caused seniors to be admitted to the hospital or death.

Older adults who live alone may especially be at risk for developing these complications because they tend to ignore the symptoms. However, by having an elder care provider to watch over your loved one and make sure they are healthy, they will be in good hands.

 

Symptoms

If you or the elderly care provider recognizes any of the following symptoms in your loved one, contact their doctor as soon as possible.

  • Fever
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic cough
  • Aches and pains in their body
  • Sore throat

 

Vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea could occur because of the flu, but are not very likely. These symptoms are typically found in children, not adults.

 

Complications

The flu can lead to other health problems among elders, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Pneumonia
  • More severe symptoms for existing medical conditions

 

If they have the following health problems due to the flu, call 911 immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Symptoms are getting worse or staying the same after 3 or 4 days
  • Shaking chills, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain, nausea, high fever, and coughing appear after the flu symptoms have begun improving

 

Prevention

The best defense against the flu is to get an influenza shot every year. There are special high-dose shots that are created for older adults because it has four times as much of the active ingredient as regular influenza shots.

 

Another way to prevent the flu from happening to your elderly loved one is to make sure they are thoroughly washing their hands before each meal, after using the bathroom, and after doing any activity that could cause them to get dirty. It is also important that people who are sick stay away from the elder until they are symptom-free.

 

Treatment

If your loved one does get the flu, here are a few simple ways to help them heal quickly.

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • Discuss all over-the-counter medications with their doctor or pharmacist before taking them just to make sure they will not interfere with their current medication.

 

The flu is bound to happen at some point, but as long as you are prepared, the senior will not have to suffer from any health complications because of this virus.

 

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care in Stonybrook, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

 

 

Source:  http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/fact-sheet-elderly-people#1

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care Services
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.