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Health is now more important than ever, and the elderly are the most vulnerable and at risk to get sick. When your senior parent is starting to show symptoms of sickness, you may be unsure how to care for them. 

Symptoms

 

First, you need to recognize the symptoms:

  • an aching body
  • tiredness or exhaustion
  • a dry cough
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • sudden fever
  • sweats

It is important not to ignore these symptoms, because especially in the elderly, they can lead to more serious problems if they go untreated.

Treatments

telehealth

Once the symptoms have been identified, it is time to begin treatment. In this day and age, Telehealth is a popular way to see your doctor in the comfort of your own home. This can help stop the spread of infection, and can make it easier for weak and sick seniors to get the help they need without having to put the strain of traveling on them.

Prevention Tips

The most notorious everyday items that carry the flu virus are doorknobs, telephones or shopping cart handles. It would be a good idea to clean these items often, or at least make sure after touching these items to not touch your face until you can wash your hands. Another flu precaution to take is to stay away from crowded spaces with large groups of people. The flu can be spread from coughing or contact from others, so wearing a mask can be beneficial to help prevent the spread. 

We hope you stay healthy and illness free during this time! BlueStar SeniorTech offers many solutions to keep you and your loved ones Safe, Healthy, & Connected. Learn more by visiting us online or call a product specialist today at (800) 300-1724, option 1.

Thank you to Covonia for providing the information mentioned in this post.


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