Protect Your Aging Loved Ones from the Threat of Shingles
Did your senior parents have the chickenpox in their youth? Chances are they did as nearly 99% of the U.S. population over the age of 50 had them. The good news is that those who had chickenpox are immune to getting the common childhood disease again. The bad news is that the varicella-zoster virus that causes the disease doesn't go away and remains dormant in the nerves. If reactivated later in life, the virus can cause shingles. About one-third of the U.S. population gets shingles, many who are over the age of 60. But there are steps you can take to prevent your aging loved one from getting shingles.
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Four Important Vaccines that Protect Seniors Against Infection
It's true, vaccinations aren't just for the young. You still need shots in your senior years to protect against infection. Weakened immunity systems and medical conditions make maturing adults more susceptible to viruses that cause the flu, shingles, ear infections, pneumonia and other ailments. Vaccines received in childhood often become less effective over time, requiring the elderly to receive a booster. Getting the right immunizations at specific time intervals during the senior years protects an aging body against infection to stay healthy.
When visiting your aging mother, she seems down - again. She'd rather sleep then play her favorite game of checkers with you. You thought she was just feeling blue, but your senior parent hasn't been herself in nearly a month. Everyone feels blue now and then due to circumstances in life. However, sadness that lingers more than two weeks often is considered a symptom of depression. Depression is different from sadness as it is associated with long-term feelings of helplessness that affect happiness, appetite, sleep and relationships. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression in seniors and getting the right treatment and support can put them back on track to a fulfilling life.