Spring is a refreshing time of year punctuated by colorful blooming flowers and more sunshine as winter finally fades away. But springtime also ushers in allergy season for millions of Americans, as countless pollen particles and other allergens fill the air. As a result, scratchy throats, sneezing, runny noses, and itchy, watery eyes are common.
For those aged 65-and-over, allergy season presents more serious challenges; ones that can interfere with their health and wellbeing. And, when you’re serving as a caregiver for an aging in place loved one, that’s concerning. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to help at-home seniors deal with allergy season.
Why Allergies Impact the Elderly More
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. Many elderly persons also have other pre-existing medical conditions that affect breathing, like cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, or other kinds of pulmonary disease.
When exposed to environmental allergens that can further restrict their breathing, those seniors are placed at risk for a heart attack, shortness of breath, or other serious health problem. For many it’s stressful, and limits their outdoor activities, exercise and socializing.
Proven Ways for Seniors to Manage Allergies
If you are assisting a senior loved one who you suspect is experiencing seasonal allergies, there are several reliable ways to help make those times of year more tolerable, such as:
Look for Allergy Signs
In addition to the allergy symptoms mentioned earlier, seniors