Take these actionable steps to help promote good health.
Pneumonia is a common lung infection among seniors – and people of any age – but there are many approaches that can help you stay healthy. While your doctor can suggest the best methods for you, some of the general ways to help prevent pneumonia (and many other common illnesses) for seniors include:
- Try to avoid exposure
- Ask about vaccinations
- Wash your hands often
- Embrace a healthy lifestyle
Keep reading to learn more about preventing pneumonia and other tips for staying healthy.
1. Try to avoid exposure
Some types of pneumonia can be contagious. If you know someone feeling under the weather, try and avoid exposing yourself. Instead, consider leaving them a note or cup of soup on their doorstep, and opting for a phone call to let them know you’re thinking about them. If hearing loss prevents you from reaching out over the phone, learn how a CapTel captioned telephone can help you catch every word.
2. Ask about vaccinations
Vaccines may be another way to help prevent pneumonia and keep you healthy. At your routine check-up or another appointment, consider asking your doctor whether the pneumococcal or another vaccine might be right for you. Find out how some vaccines work to help prevent pneumonia here.
Interested in more ways to prevent illnesses? Use our printable preventative care guide for seniors for screenings and vaccinations your doctor may suggest.
3. Wash your hands often
Regular hand-washing in warm water with soap (particularly before touching your face) is another one of the ways to help prevent pneumonia and many other illnesses. If you’re in a place without access to soap and water, opting for a hand-sanitizer with alcohol can help kill germs.
4. Embrace a healthy lifestyle
There are a variety of lifestyle habits that can help keep your immune system at peak performance. The big three are diet, exercise, and sleep:
- Add more fruits and veggies into your diet
- Try different types of exercise
- Limit technology before bed to get good rest
You can also try relaxation response meditation as one more method to keep your mind and body healthy.
By taking charge of your lifestyle and incorporating these ways to prevent pneumonia for seniors, you can help keep yourself and those around you healthy. For more tips for seniors, continue reading our blog.
The above information is provided for the education and enjoyment of our readers and is not intended as medical advice. Please check with your own doctor if you have any questions or concerns.