Article by Care.com

“Pneumonia is the fourth leading cause of death among the elderly. Typically pneumonia occurs when a patient’s immune system is weakened due to another illness, such as bronchitis or the flu, and many people develop it in the hospital. While ill, seniors will need support from a caregiver.”

“Q&A for Seniors and Pneumonia and the Flu:”

  • Is there anything I can do while my parent is hospitalized with pneumonia to help her recovery?
  • What danger signs should I be on the alert for when my parent has the flu?
  • How can I tell whether what my parent has is a cold or the flu?
  • What can I do to prevent my parent’s flu from turning into pneumonia?
  • What can my parent do to avoid getting the flu, besides getting a flu shot?
  • Are there any supplements that could help my parent stay healthy and prevent pneumonia?
  • My parent is being treated for her pneumonia at home. What can I do to help?
  • My parent who has pneumonia worries that she’ll never get better. How can I reassure her?
  • How soon should my parent who has pneumonia feel better?
  • My parent was told that stopping smoking will hasten recovery from pneumonia. Is that true?
  • How do I go about finding a caregiver for my parent who developed pneumonia after having the flu?

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