Here’s to Your Health: Common Cold Myths

doctorA representative from Interim HealthCare will present a talk titled, “Common Cold Myths,” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Older adults can find dealing with the common cold especially challenging. In addition, a respiratory infection can make the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease more difficult.

During cold season, prevention is the best approach. Habits such as washing hands frequently, maintaining a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water help keep the body’s immune system in good shape. In addition, avoiding people who are sick, getting vaccinated and managing stress also play an important role in prevention.

It is also important to note that there are a number of myths about the common cold. These myths include:

•    Susceptibility requires a weakened immune system.
•    Central heating dries mucus membranes of the nose, making a person more susceptible to catching a cold.
•    Becoming cold/chilled leads to catching a cold.
•    Feed a cold (starve a fever).

The seminar is part of the ongoing monthly series called, “Here’s To Your Health.” The Interim Healthcare representative will lead an educational discussion on common cold myths and misconceptions.

Oak Park Arms Senior Living is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of independent living. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.