The beginning of the rainy season and the onslaught of the pre-monsoon shower, we need to remember that our seniors are prone to be affected by infections of the season. Common infections include cough and cold, flu and viral infections, dengue, malaria, respiratory disorders, eye conditions, digestive problems, water-borne diseases, ulcers, and depression.
Be Rain Ready – Rain gear, umbrellas, anti-slip shoes or boots, and anti-slip doormats are a must and should be easily accessible and cupboards in an easy-to-access place. It is also advisable to always keep emergency lights and torches at quick-access places in case of a blackout.
Safe Water – Drinking water is essential in everyday life, irrespective of the weather or time of the day. It is important to pay attention and avoid having tap water as it can get easily contaminated and can cause diseases like diarrhea, cholera, or other waterborne diseases. To avoid these diseases, our elders must adhere to safe food practices and use boiled or warm water.
Improve Immunity – The rainy season brings with it a host of diseases and infections. Having immune-building supplements is a good choice as well as adding food items such as dry fruits to help build immunity.
Clean Surroundings - Personal and home cleanliness are extremely important in the rainy season.
Use Mosquito/Insect Repellents - Airborne diseases like malaria and dengue are common in the rainy season as there are increased chances of mosquito breeding and other potential insects and bugs. To keep oneself safe, it is imperative that senior citizens use mosquito nets, repellents, and coils and keep their surroundings insect free.
Foods That Heal – Seniors should also consider supplementing their diet to help boost their immunity. They can incorporate the following into their everyday diet and stay healthy.
Examples: Garlic, turmeric, holy basil, cinnamon, ginger, soya beans, ragi, sprouts, etc.
Stay Active – Elders should continue to remain active and not skip their morning/evening walks, meditation, and exercises.
- Get Help At Home – Going outdoors can be stressful and it is better to get a doctor on call, an attendant or nursing care at home, physiotherapy at home, medical equipment rentals, and other services at home.