According to a recent report published on NBC the number of seasonal allergy sufferers are at an all-time high. Over 50 million Americans are currently suffering including the elderly and this season is one of the worst recorded in years. Allergies can take a toll not only leave seniors sneezing and wheezing, but it can take a heavy toll on their immune system. Here are some easy ways you can help a senior in your life deal with crippling allergies.
#1. Limit Time Outdoors
Since pollen and ragweed are rampant during late summer early fall it’s important to limit your senior’s time outdoors. Allergens can take hold of your clothing while outside so consider changing your senior’s clothes after exposure to outside air to prevent sneezing inside the home. This means no hang drying clothes outside either! If your a caregiver consider indoor board games or perhaps a fun baking session to keep your client entertained while staying inside.
#2. Get an Air Purifier
Even after limiting time outdoors, allergens can still find their way into your loved one’s home. Getting an air purifier can greatly reduce pollen and mold spores in the air. Air purifiers work by filtering the air through a HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate air) then releasing it back into the room. Consider putting one in your loved one’s bedroom as dust and pollen can settle on your body while you sleep.
#3. Rest Up
No, it’s not all in your head. Allergies are actually making them tired! Allergies have been known to release a chemical that causes fatigue and exhaustion. It’s important to make sure your loved one is getting enough rest day and night during allergy season to be sure that they are not being pushed too hard. Exhaustion can cause some serious issues for their immune system and makes them more susceptible to other illnesses.
All in all allergy season can really take a toll on seniors and their overall well being. Make sure you know their individual allergy symptoms and be cautious with exposure to the outdoors during this time of year. How have you helped a loved one in your life deal with these symptoms?