It’s that time of year again.. Proof of Care encourages you to get a flu shot today!
Seniors and their caregivers are especially susceptible to the flu. While most family caregivers who are sick tend to keep their senior loved ones at home rather than looking for other help, severe flu seasons can create new challenges for all involved in senior care.
Why Seniors and Caregivers Need Flu Shots
With nearly 65.7 million caregivers that make up 29% of the U.S. adult population, caregivers play a vital role in keeping American seniors healthy. But what happens when the caregivers themselves get sick?
The stresses of caring for an aging parent can easily cause an increased susceptibility to illness, especially during flu season. Studies have repeatedly shown that family caregiving can negatively affect the caregiver’s health, financial status, and life.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 17% of caregivers feel that their health has gotten worse as a result of their responsibilities. When the caregiver’s health gets worse, the family member’s health often suffers as well, especially for those who are caring for someone with a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s.
Severe flu seasons are difficult to contend with, so seniors and their caregivers need to be particularly vigilant during this time.
How Seniors and Caregivers Can Stay Healthy During Flu Season
So what’s the best course of action for seniors and caregivers who want to remain healthy and active this season?
Get a flu shot.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Get enough rest so you’re less susceptible to illness.
Consider adult day services or a respite care stay for your loved one.
Caregivers should be sure to care for themselves — make a point of getting enough rest so you’re less susceptible to illness. Also remember most assisted living communities offer short-term respite care stays for your loved one while you recuperate.
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Get your flu shot today!
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