Fall is upon us! Along with the many pleasures of this season--cooler weather, fall foliage, and holiday traditions--it's also the beginning of flu season. As dementia care partners, it's important that we be knowledgeable about the
prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza to ensure we are taking steps necessary to keep ourselves and the individuals with whom we work healthy.
Older adults, especially those with chronic conditions,
such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are at high risk for catching the flu
due to the effects of aging on the immune system. Getting an annual flu vaccination can help prevent the development and transmission of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that a
dults younger than age 65 get t
he traditional, standard-dose flu vaccine and those age 65 and older get a higher-dose flu vaccine, which was developed specifically
for this age demographic.
For helpful tips about the flu and vaccine options for yourself and the older adults with whom you work, visit the
National Council on Aging
Kristen Cribbs, MPH
Deputy Director, Educational Services