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Susceptibility of Seniors to Pneumonia

Susceptibility of Seniors to Pneumonia

The American Thoracic Society declared that about 1 million adults seek hospital care for pneumonia every year. Young and healthy people usually recover without problem but the elderly may suffer from severe symptoms of this illness and even untoward complications.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by viruses, fungi, and bacteria. The most common type is called pneumococcal pneumonia and is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia. But viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract like the rhinovirus and coronavirus can cause viral pneumonia and lead to secondary bacterial infection of the lungs as well.

Older people are generally frailer than younger individuals. A lot of health problems may also increase seniors’ vulnerability. The aging-associated decline may also affect multiple physiologic systems, resulting in a decline in the ability to cope with everyday or acute stressors. This is one of the reasons that our skilled nursing services in Texas are in demand. When seniors get sick, they may be advised to recover at home with the help of home health services.

Because of aging, we may have weakened immune systems but this does not mean that management of our health is no longer feasible. Our home health care in Garland, Texas can assist older adults who may need care at home while they have pneumonia or other illnesses.

Know more about our services by calling Covenant Home Health. We also offer physical therapy and speech therapy!

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