How Does Age Impact Your Immunities? Ways to Keep the Body Strong

As you age, the immune cells in your body change. B and T cells are types of immune cells within your body. Aging slows their production. These are the cells that help your body identify illnesses and form “memories” that help the body know how to fight that intruder if it ever appears again.

If cells aren’t identifying viruses, parasites, and bacteria as intruders, there’s nothing to trigger the release of white blood cells to fight that infection. If they’re not remembering how to fight viruses of the past, the body has to start the battle from scratch. There’s one more immune cell and it’s the one that goes to battle when there is a new infection or virus that the other cells do not recognize.

Naive T cells are the cells that have never “fought” a battle. When there’s a new virus, it’s the naive cells that go to battle. They’re also in lower quantities in the elderly, so there are fewer of them to get to work. That makes it harder for the body to fight off a new illness or infection.

There’s another problem at play. Inflammation increases as you age. Inflammation increases for several reasons including decreased function in the kidneys and liver, chronic stress, too little sleep, increased weight, or dietary changes. Inflammation causes the body to trigger an immune response that speeds up aging. It’ becomes a never-ending circle of issues. It’s important to help the body give the immune system a boost. How do you do that?

Ways to Help Boost Your Immunities


Your parents need to get enough exercise. It’s important to get 30 minutes of exercise each day. They can mix up routines and walk a few days a week or join a yoga class. Strength training, swimming, and bicycling are other good exercises.

Exercise is good as it helps with weight loss. It’s also a good way to ease stress. Stress reduction techniques can help reduce chronic stress. If your parents are often stressed over finances, news, or other aspects of daily life, they need to find an outlet. A hobby, meditation, and daily walks are all good ways to start.

Make sure your mom and dad are cooking healthy meals. If they cannot cook meals on their own, hire caregivers to prepare healthy meals for them. They want to focus their meals and snacks on lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce. Low salt and avoidance of saturated fat are also important.

Caregivers can help with meals. They can also encourage your parents to get outside for fresh air and exercise. Caregivers can drive your parents to stores to purchase groceries and pick up prescriptions. Learn more by making a call.

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Redesigning Your Mom’s Kitchen to Be Safer for Her

A doctor with New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery says that 6 out of 10 falls happen within the home. It’s also said that 33 percent of adults 65 or older fall each year and half of those people fall more than once.

The bathroom is one area where falls are common. Don’t overlook the kitchen, however. It’s another area where older adults are likely to fall and injure themselves. Make sure your mom’s kitchen is as safe as possible by following these redesign tips.

Eliminate the Need for a Stool

If items your mom needs are in high cabinets, she’s more likely to grab a chair to reach what she needs. A stool can help, but she can still lose her balance. Bringing things down to her level is ideal.

Move items your mom rarely uses into the upper cabinets. Everything else can be moved to lower cabinets. Things she uses often, such as a coffeemaker, can be placed on the counter.

Add Slide-Out Pot Drawers

If your mom has a hard time bending over to reach something in the back of a lower cabinet, consider replacing the cabinet with slide-out drawers. Pot drawers easily slide out and allow your mom to open the drawer and take out what she needs.

Get Rid of Mats

If your mom likes kitchen mats, she needs to get rid of them. If she can’t live without them, make sure she has a heavier mat that has a non-slip backing. A mat that slips around increases the risk of a fall. A memory foam mat designed for the kitchen is ideal.

Put in Vinyl Non-Slip Flooring

Linoleum and tile flooring can be slippery. If your mom is in socks and loses traction, she can fall. Newer vinyl flooring is one idea. Even wet this flooring isn’t very slippery. The vinyl planks look like wood and come in dozens of wood tones.

You can hire someone to install the vinyl planks or install it yourself. It’s a click and lock system that doesn’t require too many tools. Instructions come in the box.

It could be time for her to have help with home chores like meal preparation and grocery organization. Talk to her about it.

Elderly care services help your mom when she’s living at home alone. She doesn’t give up her independence. She doesn’t have to move. She has the help she needs when she needs it. She may want caregivers to stop by once a week or every day. Call an elderly care agency to learn more.


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