New York Home Care Provider Attencia Reminds Senior Citizens to Prepare for Flu Season Home care provider Attencia reveals statistics about the risk of getting the flu for senior citizens and the steps they can take to prevent from getting sick this flu season.

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Attencia, a private home health care provider by Americare, encourages senior citizens to take precautions against getting the flu this year. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control report that 90 percent of the deaths from the flu each year occur in people age 65 and older. In addition, the majority of hospitalizations from the seasonal flu are also in seniors, with 60 percent of those being in people 65 and older.

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Because of the higher threat of the flu in senior citizens, they must take the greatest precautions. As people get older, their immune systems are not as strong as they used to be, making seniors more vulnerable during flu season. Cases of the flu are also more likely to turn into more serious problems, like bronchitis and pneumonia. To reduce their risk, people over the age of 65 should make sure that they are informed about the steps that can easily take to reduce their chances of becoming ill this season.

"The majority of patients that use Attencia are seniors, so they fall into this category. Attencia is all about forming a relationship between our caregivers and patients and helping our patients to live as independently as possible. To do this, it's essential that they keep up their health and that they make good choices to maintain that in the years to come. That includes taking the steps each year to keep healthy through flu season," said Nancy Hann, Senior VP at Attencia and Americare Inc.

There are a number of precautions that everyone, senior citizens especially, should take to prevent illness from the flu virus. Getting a flu shot is the first important preventative measure, after checking with their doctor to make sure that the flu shot is for them. Additional recommended precautions include regularly washing hands and keeping them away from the face. Staying away from those who already have the flu or places with many germs can improve chances of staying healthy as well. Finally, maintaining a healthy diet and low level of stress will boost the immune system, reducing your chances of getting sick during flu season.

Those that are interested in learning more about the quality home health aide services from Attencia can visit the company's website at or call 1-866-331-6873. Attencia's social media profiles can be found on Facebook at as well as Twitter at


Penina Mezei


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