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Fighting the Flu

By Ted Holmgren, 7:19 pm on January 29, 2013

Have you seen the statistics about the flu season this winter? It has been classified as an “epidemic” winter. The disease is most dangerous to the very young and the elderly. Here are a few easy tips to protect yourself:

FIRST: Get vaccinated. It is the single most effective step in fighting the flu. Each year vaccines are engineered to protect against the flu virus that is most prevalent that year. It is an easy thing to do … and so worth it!

SECOND: Seems simple, but so important … just keep away from germs! Use soap and water to clean your hands. Keep your hands away from your face (especially your mouth and nose). This hint is a little tougher, but if you are elderly you need to heed this advice … avoid sick people and be especially careful around large groups of people. Pay particular attention to cleaning household surfaces that have a tendency to be infected with flu virus. 

THIRD: Give your immune system a little boost by eating better and exercising. If you are elderly and find it difficult to exercise, do a little research and you’ll discover that there are many exercises that you can do even while sitting in a chair. Just keep moving! And there’s a bonus to all that extra moving … it may even help you sleep a little better at night! And that’s another way you can avoid sickness. 

At Home Care Assistance, we are committed to keeping our clients healthy and happy. Our caregivers are specially trained in the Balanced Care Method of caregiving which includes healthy eating and exercising. In addition, our caregivers pay attention to the light housekeeping that will keep those vulnerable home surfaces cleaner and less likely to harbor dangerous germs. Our services include taking clients to doctor appointments (even if it’s just to get your flu shot). One added bonus of having our caregiver in your home is the great social interaction our clients receive (which if you are having to avoid large crowds and not get out as much, will bring a little social sunshine into your life). Our caregivers are available 24/7 for any variety of needs (from everything to a few hours per day or for live-in care). We are located at 9301 East Shea Boulevard, #112 in Scottsdale, AZ. Phone (480) 499-4944. www.homecareassistance.com