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INFLUENZA AWARENESS

Seniors 65 and older should get a flu shot to help prevent illnesses this season. Learn the importance of getting the vaccine and where you can get it for free. Flu Season in Swing The flu season is officially in full swing. According to the CDC, approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. People ages 65 and older are at greater risk of getting serious complications from the flu, because their immune defenses weaken with age. Recent studies have shown that between 71% and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people ages 65 and older. Preparing for the Flu If you help care for older

3 Nutritious Recipes Caregivers Can Make on Cold days

Preparing nutritious recipes can help keep seniors healthy during the winter. Maintaining good nutrition can boost immunity and help ward off ailments. Maintaining good nutrition during the winter can boost immunity and help provide seniors with much-needed nutrients to ward off ailments that often come with this season. A healthy immune system can help fight the germs that cause colds and the flu and even help prevent infection. Preparing healthy recipes that are easy for seniors to eat can help keep seniors healthy during the winter. Here are three recipes to prepare and enjoy. (whatscooking.fns.usda.gov) (www.eatingwell.com) (www.realsimple.com)

Indoor Activities for Seniors & Caregivers

Beat Senior Seasonal Depression with Engaging Indoor Winter Activities Seasonal depression affects many seniors. Engaging indoor activities can make the winter more enjoyable and healthy. Depression can increase during the winter months, affecting senior health and quality of life. Indoor activities for seniors can relieve depression. About 6 million American seniors are affected by depression. For many, depression occurs or increases during the winter months. Depression can increase health risks, including the risk of death. Many indoor activities can improve seniors’ outlook and ease the effects of depression. (WebMD) Indoor Activities Seniors Can Enjoy in the Winter Social Activities Lone

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