As the fall and winter seasons come around, something you are likely to hear a considerable amount about the dangers of seasonal flu. This is particularly emphasized for the elderly population. As a family caregiver, you may be wondering if the flu really is a risk for your aging senior, and what you might be able to do to protect them from this danger.
Some things you should consider about the risk of flu include:
- Each year throughout the United States, flu leads to more than 3 million outpatient visits to the doctor
- Experts estimate that nearly 7 million people throughout the United States suffer this sickness each year
- Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized due to the flu
- 78 percent of these hospitalizations are among the older adult population
- Somewhere between 5 and 20 percent of the population of the United States suffers the flu in any given year
- Though there are no reliable reports, experts estimate the rate of deaths from flu is between 3,000 and 49,000 each year
- Only approximately 45 percent of the population gets an influenza vaccination each year
- There is no point in the flu season when it is "too late" to get the flu shot
- If your parent contracts the flu, antiviral drugs might help reduce the intensity and danger
If you are concerned about your aging parent's health this cold and flu season, talk to their doctor. They can give recommendations for lifestyle choices and habits that will help to control germs, boost your parent's health, and help them manage any health issues that might arise so they do not worsen. It is important to keep in mind that flu can worsen to even more severe issues, such as pneumonia, if not treated properly.
Senior care can be a fantastic way to help your parent stay healthier during cold and flu season. Customized services tailored specifically to your aging parent help them manage their challenges and needs, boost and preserve their health and well-being, and make good lifestyle choices to maintain this moving forward. These services can include transportation to encourage independence, meal and snack preparation, germ control efforts, mobility support, encouragement to stay active, and more. As a family caregiver, knowing they have this support and assistance available to them can give you peace of mind as you focus on caring for yourself and the rest of your family as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Morrison, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.