The last 6 months have been difficult ones for senior living residents and families. Concerns about the coronavirus have kept many families apart from one another. Researchers continue to work on a vaccine and on ways to treat COVID-19. One thing we do know is that having a strong immune system is essential.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk for getting the virus that causes COVID-19. Older adults, those undergoing cancer treatment, and people who take immunosuppressants for a health condition are just a few who should be especially careful. That means taking measures to boost your immune system wherever possible.
Tips for Seniors and Families to Boost Immunity
1. Eat a well-balanced diet: Residents of Sunrise Senior Living communities have the advantage of enjoying nutritious meals compliments of our dining services program. Sunrise chefs understand how dietary needs change as we grow older, and they design menus to reflect the nutritional requirements of seniors. You can listen to this podcast with senior nutrition experts Tim Whelan, VP of Dining, and Caitlin Rogers, National Director of Dining and Nutrition to learn more. For family members at home, it might be helpful to consider a dietary lifestyle like the Mediterranean diet. Rich in lean protein, fresh vegetables and fruit, and plenty of hydration, it’s linked to a stronger, healthier immune system.
2. Stay virtually connected: Being separated from loved ones, especially during a crisis, can take an emotional and physical toll on people. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways families can stay connected when they can’t visit in person. How to Stay Connected with Loved Ones in Senior Living during COVID-19 has tips you can use when you are far from those you love at any point in time.
3. Nurture the spirit: Whether it is maintaining a relationship with a religious organization, meditating, growing a container garden, journaling, or practicing yoga, nurturing the spirit keeps you emotionally strong. It also helps to prevent stress. Chronic stress is known to increase the risk for a variety of medical issues, including cardiac disease and some forms of cancer.
Learn more by visiting How Sunrise Is Here for You During the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s just one example of how Sunrise responds to emergencies, big or small.