As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, it’s important to take extra care of your health. Seniors are especially vulnerable to cold weather illnesses like the flu, and it’s possible that there could also be a spike in COVID-19 cases this winter.
There are some simple steps you can take to stay healthy this winter. AARP has put together a guide for how seniors can stay safe. Their tips include:
- Get a flu shot: This is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months get a flu vaccine.
- Get tested for COVID-19: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important to get tested right away. Take an at-home test or contact your doctor to schedule an appointment.
- Plan ahead: Knowing ahead of time how you would handle a COVID-19 diagnosis can help reduce stress if you do get sick. If you’re visiting your doctor soon, discuss how antiviral medications or other treatments could help.
This winter, take extra care of your health and follow these tips to stay safe. The Seniors Center is working to protect seniors in another way—by improving the future of Social Security. We’re calling on Congress to pass legislation that would ensure that seniors—and those in future generations—receive everything they’re owed. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook today to learn more!