Monthly Archives: December 2016

4 Ways to Fight the Flu This Winter

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The arrival of winter brings with it plenty of reasons to celebrate: Holidays, good food and time with friends and family are at the top of the list. However, this time of year also marks an increase in flu cases. According to the CDC, people 65 and older experience a 54 to 70 percent chance of flu-related hospitalization compared to other age groups. To protect yourself this winter, Choice Health Management offers these important preventive guidelines.

  • Practice Healthy Hygiene

Although we have been taught since childhood the importance of good health habits, these become particularly important during flu season. Make sure to clean your hands often to protect from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Make sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in your home and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and make sure to eat healthy, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep.

  • Avoid Stress

Chronic stress not only can disrupt your sleeping habits, it can actually lower your immune system. Stress produces ample levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, which can alter your immune system responses. Although the body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting, chronic stress can active it long-term, disrupting your body’s processes. By lessening stress, you can help your body ward off potential illness.

  • Seek Medical Advice Quickly

During flu season, being cautious can make a difference. If you experience fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, or fatigues, they may be signs of influenza. In this circumstance, it is best to consult a doctor immediately to ensure that you can get treated early.

  • Don’t Wait to Get Your Flu Shot

Since adults age 65 years or older are at a high risk for complications from the flu, the most effective measure you can take to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot each year. According to the CDC, the shot reduces the risk of the flu by 57% for adults age 50 and older. Flu shots are often updated each season to keep up with changing viruses so it is recommended to get vaccinated each year.

Preparing for flu season is a crucial step in ensuring your year-round health. By taking these important precautions, you can maintain your continued quality of life. At Choice Health Management, our residents well-being is our first priority. Contact our pharmacy services to find out how we can help you.

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

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At Choice Health Management, the holidays are a treasured time to help celebrate with our residents. Each year, we are honored to share in this important tradition with your family and we enjoy planning each festive event. By adding your own personal touches, you can help make the holidays for your loved ones a joyous occasion.

Bring Memories from Home

Including your own traditions for your loved ones in assisted or independent living can help the holidays feel like home. Bring copies of old photos to display on the walls. If you had a holiday tradition, like a special meal or snack, bring some for the occasion. Ask them to help with the preparation to the best of their ability. Make sure their living area reflects the season by stringing up old fashion popcorn garland and lights. If you have family holiday ornaments, bring them as well. Not only will the festivities bring seasonal joy but it can help you both to reconnect.

Get Involved in the Fun

At Choice Health Management, we enjoy planning events year-round for our residents. The holidays bring plenty of opportunities to get involved in the fun. Ask your loved one what events interest them, and get to know their neighbors and friends. Join them for coffee hour or volunteer to help them find holiday gifts. You can also accompany your loved ones to holiday recreational activities. If you have any questions about how you can help get involved, please feel free to speak to our staff.

Avoid Overstimulation

With the excitement of the season, it can be easy to try and do it all. Make sure you stay alert for signs of potential stress or exhaustion in your loved ones. If they start to get agitated, escort them to a quiet area and limit activies for the next few hours. Our staff is also here to help. If you feel like your love one is becoming overwhelmed and you require assistance, a member of our team will be happy to offer support.

Helping your loved one enjoy the holiday festivities can bring joy for you both. By incorporating your family traditions and getting involved, you can ensure they have a happy new year. If you have any questions on how you can help this holiday season, please contact our team today.