As we age, our health concerns change, along with our dietary needs. One of the biggest health considerations for seniors is ensuring their immune systems are strong. A robust immune system helps keep seniors healthy, allows them to stay active and enjoy life and improves their ability to stave off infections. In individuals with compromised immune systems, even catching a common cold can lead to serious complications. Read on to learn what you can do to help yourself or the seniors in your life maintain hearty immune health.
Stress may be a psychological issue, but it has clear physical manifestations. Many factors contribute to stress — financial, marital, health and work problems, for example. For residents of senior living communities, stress may be caused by loneliness, isolation or feeling bombarded by negativity.
If you’re a senior who has the blues, you can change your attitude with just a little effort. Most senior living communities offer a myriad of activities for residents. All senior living communities are different, but many offer dances, exercise classes, meditation or outings to fun places around town. If you live in assisted living in Oklahoma City, for example, your facility may plan trips to the Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum or even the Remington Park Racing Casino. When you become a joiner, your attitude and immune system will improve.
You’ve heard it before and now you’re hearing it again: eat your vegetables! They include immunity-boosting vitamins, zinc and beta carotene. Challenge yourself at every meal to “eat a rainbow” of vegetables. Load your plate with greens, carrots, beets, mushrooms, cauliflower, eggplant and a colorful array of veggies. Each possesses unique immunity-boosting nutrients. The same holds true of fruits too. From apricots to apples and berries to bananas, load up on these powerhouse foods to boost your immunity. If you’re worried your diet is lacking, ask your doctor about supplementing it with a multivitamin or herbal supplement.
It’s not important what exercise you do. What is important is you do some kind of exercise, preferably every day. Whether you dance, walk or take a group exercise class organized by your local senior care services center, you’ll be improving your immune response. Even if you are confined to a wheelchair, you can probably lift light weights, do leg lifts or arm circles or simply sway to the beat of a favorite song. No matter how old you are, your motto in regards to exercise should be, “No excuses!”
When we sleep, our bodies heal themselves and our immune systems become recharged. Ask your doctor how much sleep he or she recommends and make sure you get it. If you have insomnia, seek out medical or holistic treatments to help you get a full night’s rest.
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