We tend to eat and drink less as we age and it is crucial that we maintain high levels of vitamin C, E, beta-carotene & zinc for good health. So especially around cold and flu season, try and bulk up on healthy, vitamin enriched fruit and vegetables. All people, but especially seniors, need at least 8-9 glasses of fluid a day to keep our mucous membranes moist, which lowers the chances of flu or colds. Water, coffee, tea and soup all count, so even if you don’t feel like eating, pick these options to fill you up with some much needed hydration.

In addition to a healthy diet, good, restful, replenishing sleep will help ward off the viruses that bring your immune system down. Think of your energized body as a shield against germs! In order to sleep well, it is important to reduce stress. One cannot relax and sleep well if anxious.Stress has been linked to a number of illnesses, including stomach problems and respiratory infections. A regular yoga practice calms the nervous system, mind and body. Be sure to get your stretches in daily, no matter what the weather is like outside. A fun yoga class is also a great cure for lonliness or depression during the cold days of winter.

Last but not least – wash your hands! Hand washing washes away germs and prevents them from spreading.

Stay positive! A healthy outlook on life boosts endorphins, which make us feel good. Seniors who keep up with activities and hobbies that make them happy or challenge them in an enjoyable way have a better chance of staying positive and healthy.