The most susceptible to illness during the flu season are our children and our elders. The flu will affect them differently than it will us. Even if your Senior is otherwise healthy, the chances of them becoming ill are much higher, and the health risks are much more severe.

I work with Seniors and I know the signs that something is not right. Even if they appear healthy and strong, if one little part of their behaviour is out of the norm, I get suspicious and start looking for what could be wrong. I have a client who dances and walks everywhere. When she suddenly began to have pain in her lower back and leg, we went to her physician and had it checked out right away. This is a woman in her mid 80’s, and she is rarely ill or in pain. It turns out that she has developed arthritis, and after they took a urine sample, it was found she also had a very rare type of bladder infection. The doctor put her on a regimen of antibiotics and and anti-inflammatory .and she is feeling better.

Even the slightest infection can cause men and women in the 80’s to have symptoms that people much younger would not exhibit.   So this flu season prepare your seniors well by doing the following:

  1. Make certain they are getting fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants that help fight off illness.
  2. Have them get a flu shot.
  3. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Regular exercise is also very important. The more sedentary we are, the weaker we are and the easier it is for them to become ill.

I help people of all ages with customized workouts and I have seen how regular structural work and exercise can keep people healthy  and aging well.

Valentina Boonstra

Massage Therapist,Melbourne, Palm Bay, Brevard County



About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.