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Boosting Immunity with Senior Care in the Danvers, MA Area

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that the elderly, and those with serious preexisting conditions, are at a higher risk for developing serious illness from COVID-19. The best way to beat those odds and protect your loved ones is to boost their immunity. Their immune system protects them from diseases and infections. The senior care professionals at Visiting Angels of Danvers are here to provide you with important tips to boost senior immunity.

Immunity-Boosting Tips from Visiting Angels

The building blocks of boosting immunity are your day-to-day habits. Changing your routine doesn’t have to be difficult; small changes can amount to a big impact. Some things to focus on include:

  • Maintaining a regular exercise schedule: Turning exercise into a habit can help keep your immune system in shape. At Visiting Angels of Danvers, one of our senior caregivers can help your loved one perform low-impact exercises such as floor exercises and stretching.
  • Washing your hands: The CDC reports that you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have sneezed, coughed, or blown your nose. A caregiver can perform senior care to help your loved one with many essential personal care tasks including bathing, dressing, handwashing, and changing clothes.
  • Stay hydrated: By age 80, seniors have 15% less water in their bodies than they did at age 20. Since seniors are more susceptible to dehydration, it’s extremely important to ensure they get enough water throughout their day.

Stress-Reducing Tips from Visiting Angels

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fear and stress to people all over the world. Below are a few ways that you can reduce the amount of stress you’re dealing with.

  • Reduce your news consumption: Constantly hearing about this public health crisis can do you more harm than good. Take a breather from the 24-hour news cycle and focus your mind on something else.
  • Use technology to connect with loved ones: With video-calling apps like Skype and FaceTime, social distancing doesn’t have to feel so distanced. Visiting Angels of Danvers offers a social care program that helps local seniors use technology to connect with their loved ones as well as their local community.
  • Reach out if you’re struggling: If you need extra support, there are resources that you can use. For example, you can reach the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.         

Contact Visiting Angels of Danvers today to learn more about our senior care services.

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