Fighting Off the Flu Can Be Done in Many Ways: Here’s How You Can Help

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Do you help to care for an elderly loved one? If so, it is important that you know how dangerous the flu can be for elderly adults. Many elderly adults have passed away because of flu symptoms. If you want to help protect your elderly loved one, you should learn how to help them fight off the flu. For one thing, they should probably get the flu shot. However, this is something you should get approved by their doctor first.
There are some other things that can be done to help prevent and fight off the flu, as well.
Elder Care Rockville Center NY - Fighting Off the Flu Can Be Done in Many Ways: Here’s How You Can Help

Elder Care Rockville Center NY – Fighting Off the Flu Can Be Done in Many Ways: Here’s How You Can Help

Eating the Proper Diet

One of the ways that you can help your elderly loved one to fight off the flu is by making sure they are eating the proper diet. They should be eating a lot of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These increase their intake of phytonutrients and antioxidants, both of which can help fight off the flu. These two things will boost your loved one’s immune system. When you or your loved one’s elder care providers go shopping, be sure to get them things such as barley, quinoa, oats, grapes, blueberries, leafy greens, oranges, and broccoli.

Keeping Hydrated

Another way that you can help your elderly loved one fight off the flu is by making sure that they keep hydrated. The reason for this is because in the winter the air is much drier. If your loved one keeps hydrated, they can prevent their nose’s mucous membranes from drying out. This is necessary because dried out mucous membranes are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.

Getting Enough Sleep

You can help your elderly loved one to fight off the flu by making sure they are getting enough sleep, as well. Sleep helps to boost the immune system. The better someone’s immune system is, the better they are able to fight off illnesses. Since your loved one is likely to be around a lot more people during the holiday season, getting enough sleep will help them to fight off the bacteria from these people.

Avoiding Hugs and Kisses

To keep your elderly loved one healthier and to prevent the flu, you should have them avoid hugs and kisses for a while. This is especially important during the colder months of the winter. Even if someone they want to hug or kiss doesn’t have the flu, they could still be carrying the germs related to this illness. Your loved one could then catch the flu if they hug or kiss this person.

These are some of the tips for fighting off the flu. To help keep your loved one healthier, make sure they stick to these tips.


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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
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.