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Senior Immunization and Disease Prevention

Immunizations should not be exclusively for adolescents, as it is especially important for elderly individuals to receive immunizations.
 

Immunizations can be administered through a medical professional, such as your primary doctor. It is important to speak with your doctor regarding immunizations, as some adults with health conditions may not be able to receive vaccinations.

What Vaccines Should Seniors Get to Fight Against Common Illnesses?

 
It is imperative to know which vaccinations you and your elderly loved one should get on a yearly cadence. While you can speak with your doctor regarding vaccinations for your specific condition and case, there are common immunizations that we encourage seniors to seek out each year. The influenza (flu) vaccine is important for all adults to receive each year, as it will help fight off the possibility of getting the flu during peak season. However, seniors especially should get this immunization due to having a lower defense system in their immune system.

It is also important that adults get the Tdap vaccine if they did not receive this vaccine as a child. This vaccine will prevent against pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

This will help your elderly loved one fight against whooping cough, as it can be a brutal disease for elderly individuals to fight off.

In addition, shingles vaccinations are recommended for healthy adults that are over the age of 50. This vaccination can help your elderly loved one fight against shingles and the complications that this disease can bring if they come in contact with it. Additionally, pneumococcal disease vaccinations are recommended to fight against infections in the lungs or bloodstream. It is important to speak with your doctor regarding the risks of these vaccinations and if you are eligible for them.

Why Are Seniors More at Risk for Falling Ill?

 
Over the course of our lives and as we age, our immune system will weaken, making us more susceptible to illness and disease. The natural aging of one’s immune system is called immunosenescence. As time goes on and you are exposed to more germs and bacteria on a daily basis, your immune system cannot fight them off quite as well as they used to. Immunizations and vaccinations can help your body fight against these germs and bacteria, avoiding illness and disease.

How Can a Caregiver Help with Your Immunizations?

 
in-Home CaregiverWhile a caregiver is useful for daily tasks such as light housekeeping, meal preparation and companionship, a caregiver can also be very beneficial when you or your loved one needs immunizations. A caregiver, most importantly, can accompany you to your doctors appointments and will be informed on which immunizations you or your loved one needs. They can then arrange for you to receive your immunizations at the proper time and facility, by making the necessary appointments. Additionally, your caregiver can accompany you to your appointment to get the immunizations, so that you do not have to go through this experience alone.
Your caregiver will then be available to communicate your immunization schedule, follow up plan and needs to your family and medical professionals. Having a caregiver with you during this time will allow you to feel comfortable with the process and have a companion during your appointment. Our caregivers are highly skilled and trained to be there for you and your loved ones during this time.

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Take Control of Your Health: 5 Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

It is that time of year again: flu season. Influenza, also commonly known as the flu, is a contagious virus that is causes by influenza A or B viruses. The flu can cause symptoms such as fever, cough, core throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and muscle and/or body aches. While anyone is susceptible to catching the flu, it is important to remember that adults over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. 24 Hour Home Care has come up with five tips that seniors can take to help prevent contracting the flu and experiencing these symptoms. Here is how you can protect yourself or your loved one!

1. Get a flu vaccine. You may consider opting for a specially designed vaccine, Fluzone High-Dose, that contains four times the amount of antigen as a regular flu shot.

2. Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soup, including the- backs of hands, between fingers and under the nails.

3. Drink plenty of liquids. This will help the nasal passages stay moist and trap germs before they are able to spread into your body.

4. Avoid crowds. Limit your interaction with individuals who may have the flu. Additionally, you might want to avoid traveling that may not be necessary.

5. Be mindful with your hands. Try not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes. Every time your hand meets them, there is a chance that bacteria and viruses may be transferred.

We hope that you will take the necessary precautions to protect yourself or your loved one using these tips. Stay healthy!

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How To Fight Prostate Cancer

Did you know…

Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in men in the United States?

What is prostate cancer and what causes it?

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer starts when cells in the prostate gland start to grow irrepressibly. Typically, prostate cancer will grow slowly, whereas very few cases grow quickly and spread rapidly.

Researchers have been unable to pinpoint exactly what causes prostate cancer, but have narrowed down some risk factors that can increase a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer. These factors include:

• Age: Chances of getting prostate cancer rise rapidly after the age of 50. According to the American Cancer Society, about 60% of prostate cancer cases are in men older than 65 years of age.

• Race & Ethnicity: Although the reasons are unclear, research shows that prostate cancer affects more African-American men and Caribbean men of African descent than men of other races.

• Geography: Again, for reasons that are unclear, research has indicated that prostate cancer is most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia and on Caribbean Islands.

• Familial History: Prostate cancer can be genetic and men whose ancestors were affected by prostate cancer have a higher risk of having prostate cancer as well. If the affected ancestors were young when the prostate cancer was detected, the chances of developing prostate cancer are significantly higher.

It should be noted that there is no research to link diet and lifestyle directly to a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer, however it is encouraged that all men life healthy lifestyles. This includes having a balanced diet, engaging in physical activity on a regular basis and watching their overall health.

How can prostate cancer be detected?

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Prostate cancer can be detected early by either conducting a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in a man’s blood or by a digital rectal exam (DRE). Both tests can be administered by your doctor. If there is detection of any abnormalities, it will be addressed with further testing and treatment right away.

It is advisable for men to see their doctor on a regular basis and speak to them about any prostate abnormalities or how to get screened for prostate cancer. It is especially important for men over the age of 50 to go and get yearly prostate exams, as their risk of developing prostate cancer increases.

The Movember Foundation works towards providing funds for programs that will change the way men view going to the doctor, being ill and asking for help. During the month of November, they encourage men to grow out their mustache to spark conversation about men’s health and to promote awareness. Would you like to get involved? Join 24 Hour Home Care and the Movember Foundation in the fight here.

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