Preventing Pneumonia in the Elderly
Seniors, more than any other age group, are more likely to contract pneumonia. They also are more likely to die from it. And since pneumonia often occurs as a secondary infection while recovering from a cold or flu, keeping the elderly from getting sick in the first place can go a long way toward protecting them.
Consumer Reports has several suggestions for keeping colds and the flu at bay in the elderly. In its article, How to Prevent Colds and Flu in Older Adults, it suggests the elderly get the flu shot, get vaccinated against pneumococcal bacteria and practice healthy habits.
Recent research suggest that the flu can raise the risk of heart attack or stroke, so keeping your older loved one healthy is especially important. It also should be noted that colds and flu can spread quickly through nursing homes so if your aging parent is able to recuperate at home, that is the best option.
Caring for an elderly parent recovering from pneumonia is a serious task and you likely will need help, especially if you bring your loved one home. At Physician’s Choice Private Duty we are here to help. Give us a call at 402-331-2273 to learn more.