Ways to Help Older Adults Boost Their Immune Systems

As people age, their immune systems change. It doesn’t respond as fast as it once did, so older adults are more susceptible to illnesses. A reduction in the number of immune cells can make a senior’s body heal less quickly. To help your aging relative stay as healthy as possible, there are some steps you can take to boost their immune system. Here are some tips for supporting a senior’s immune system.

Homecare Henrietta NY - Ways to Help Older Adults Boost Their Immune Systems

Homecare Henrietta NY – Ways to Help Older Adults Boost Their Immune Systems

Get More Sleep

People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to catch viruses, like a cold. Studies have shown that when someone is well-rested, the flu vaccine is more effective. Research also shows that a lack of sleep can also cause more inflammation in the body and higher levels of stress hormones. Homecare can assist with improving an older adult’s sleep by helping them stick to a regular schedule and making the house quiet and calm before bedtime.

Make Lifestyle Changes

Making efforts to live a healthier lifestyle can make a difference in immunity. Some changes that can improve overall health are:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Eat a diet that includes lots of vegetables and fruits.
  • Be physically active.
  • Follow good hygiene practices, like washing hands and cooking meat thoroughly.

A homecare provider can help by preparing healthy meals and encouraging physical activity. They could invite older adults to go for a walk or drive them to a group exercise class.

Reduce Stress

Ongoing stress can make older adults more susceptible to illnesses and certain diseases. The hormones associated with stress cause the immune system to be less effective. Having a homecare provider can decrease stress in elderly people because they know they will receive the help and care they need.

Spend Time with Friends

Studies show that people who feel lonely don’t have as strong of immune systems as those who feel connected to others. Homecare can help older adults to remain more connected with their family and friends. One of the things that causes isolation in adults is an inability to get out of the house. A homecare provider can transport seniors to the places they need to go, and attend to them while they are out, if needed.

Laugh More

Laughter reduces stress hormones and increases a kind of white blood cell that helps to fight infections. Just having the cheerful presence of a homecare provider may make the older adult happier, and more likely to laugh.

Sources:  https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/10-immune-system-busters-boosters#1

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/004008.htm

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Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

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