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Seniors and Risk of Pneumonia in Victoria, BC

Uncategorized  |  February 2, 2019

Heart disease and cancer usually top the list for health concerns of aging adults, but pneumonia is also life-threatening, especially for seniors. Pneumonia is a lung infection that’s initiated by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Over a million people are hospitalized each year in our country for pneumonia, and many are over 65 years of age. Seniors are, in fact, predisposed to pneumonia as they get older.

The immune system weakens with aging, reducing natural defenses to colds, flu and infections. Therefore, seniors are more susceptible to health problems, with slower recovery, too. When an older adult is in a weakened state, perhaps recovering from illness or surgery, they are even more vulnerable. It may be harder to cough to clear the lungs. Then, even a common cold can lead to lung infection quickly. Parkinson’s disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, HIV, cardiac disease, and other conditions will create even greater challenges for quick recuperation.

Pneumonia is commonplace for seniors but not a normal part of aging. We can lessen the likelihood of pneumonia taking precautions. There’s no guarantee, but we can reduce risk as much as possible with the following suggestions.


Take Precautions

  • Stay Up-To-Date with Vaccinations: Talk with your doctor about vaccinations for flu and pneumonia and follow his or her advice.
  • Wash Hands Often: Wash your hands often and keep sanitizer in purse or pocket for times when you can’t avoid touching germy surfaces like door handles.
  • Stop smoking: Smokers reduce their immunity and are at a higher risk for many illnesses, so stop!
  • Build Immunity: Ask your physician about a diet to strengthen your immunity this year.


Comfort Keepers® Can Help With Recovery from Pneumonia

Comfort Keepers® can provide in-home care for you or a loved one who is recovering from pneumonia. Trained caregivers can help patients to remember their medication schedule and they will transport to doctor appointments, too. Caregivers can give gentle reminders and encouragement to follow a recommended exercise regimen, too.

Call us today to ask about caring for someone after pneumonia or any of the in-home services offered.

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