Autumn Tips to Keep Seniors Healthy

Home Care in Lake Forest, IL

Home-Care-in-Lake-Forest-ILWith the changes in season often come colds, the flu, and other illnesses that can become life-threatening to older adults. The cool, crisp air and rain-covered roads is a drastic change from the warm summer days we had just a few weeks ago, but learning how to transition to the new season could be beneficial to our health. Especially since seniors have weak immune systems and are more susceptible to illnesses, it is important to take appropriate measures to help keep your loved one safe during the fall season. As the caregiver providing elder care for a loved one, encourage them to make the following changes for their health.

Eat the right food

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients to help the body fight off sicknesses. Not only will eating raw fruits and veggies help the body’s immune system, but by eating juicy fruits, such as pears and apples, it will also supply moisture to the skin, lungs, and throat. On the other end of the spectrum, season vegetables, such as yams, carrots, and winter squash have the vitamin-rich goodness needed to boost the immune system.

Eat warm food

Since the temperature is dropping, it is time to incorporate cooked dishes into your diet instead of raw ones. The reason being that hot meals during the cool season tend to absorb more nutrients than ones that are cold. Besides, most people would prefer a hot meal in order to help warm them up during these cold months.

Go to bed

Most people know the importance of getting plenty of sleep at night. However, as time changes and the days become shorter, it is important that you go to bed earlier in order to wake up earlier.

Layer on the clothes

When it is chilly outside, have the elder you are providing in-home care for layer their clothes in order to give their body time to adjust to the reduced temperature. By packing on the winter coat, gloves, and hat right off the bat, the body will have no time to adjust from the warm summer months.

Do light exercises

The immune system can actually be weakened by overdoing the exercising. To avoid having this happen, keep the work outs at a low intensity in order to increase the activity of neutrophils (a white blood cell), which protects the body against bacteria and infections.

Prevent the flu

Influenza can have devastating and long-lasting affects on the health of seniors. Taking preventative tips could stop your loved one from getting this illness, such as:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Get the flu shot as soon as possible
  • If your loved one or you get the flu, it is very important to stay home in order to prevent passing it to someone else.

Autumn can be one of the most beautiful months, but by following these tips, your loved one will have a better chance of staying healthy during the fall season.


Monaco, Susan. “5 Tips for a Healthy Transition into Autumn.”

The caregivers at Smile and Love, LLC. are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. Smile and Love, LLC. is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Lake Forest, IL and the surrounding areas. Call (847) 380-7378 for more information.