“The winter is a natural breeding ground for illness,” says Dr. Andrew Anthony. “Colder temperatures tear down our defenses against viruses and bacteria. Before letting the common cold turn into a life threatening condition, senior citizens should bolster themselves against the elements and fight off infection with their whole body.”
Anthony says the first step for seasoned patients to prepare for the season is the flu shot which reduces hospitalization by about 70 percent and death by about 85 percent among older adults who do not live in nursing homes, according to the National Institute on Aging. He also suggests that elderly patients follow the CDC recommendation and get the pneumococcal vaccine to help prevent bacterial pneumonia.
After the shots are in place, Twin Cities staff recommends top-to-bottom preventative methods to stand the best chance against influenza infiltration:
Head—Use your head this season and wear a warm hat (and scarf) to avoid losing heat your body needs for maximum functionality and defense.
Eyes—Do not turn a blind eye to getting ample shut-eye, especially during the winter. Sleep allows the body the rest and recovery time it needs to boldly face another blustery day.
Nose—Avoid touching the nose (and eyes) as this is a common way of transferring germs to the body.
Mouth—Eat, drink and be healthy this season with the proper foods and beverages for winter survival. Fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods high in Vitamin C, D, and A and other immune-supportive nutrients like flavonoids, antioxidants and folate are the best winter warrior’s diet. Hot green tea offers antioxidants and also boosts body warmth, while alcohol reduces body heat making it vulnerable to the elements.
Hands—Wash and sanitize hands at every opportunity during the Flu Season, and be wary of shaking hands or using shared equipment, to steer clear of infection.
Body—Exercise boosts body warmth and health year-round making it especially useful during the winter. Whether on the treadmill or in the swimming pool, keep the blood circulating by moving the body.
Feet—Trudging through the rain quickly dampens feet, allowing heat to run from the body. Invest in proper water-proof shoes or boots that allow healthy circulation, as well as moisture-wicking and insulating socks, and take a step closer to a healthier winter.
Twin Cities Community Hospital, part of Tenet California, is a 114-bed acute care hospital at 1100 Las Tablas Road in Templeton. Since opening in 1977, Twin Cities has provided personalized quality patient care as the cornerstone of its operating philosophy. Twin Cities’ new patient tower, opened in fall 2007, provides 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive and telemetry care patients, and 23 ER suites, including three trauma rooms.
Twin Cities provides a broad range of medical, surgical and outpatient care. Working closely with affiliated physicians, Twin Cities places special emphasis on clinical services important to local residents, including hip and knee replacement, surgical care, stroke intervention, emergency care and maternal child services. More than 115 active medical staff members practice at Twin Cities and 160 local residents volunteer at the hospital. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.
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