Tips for Managing Allergies
Whether seniors have been managing allergies for years or are learning to deal with onset allergies, it is important that they have help.
Some aspects of aging, like memory loss or reliance on medications, can affect seniors’ abilities to handle their allergies. Environmental allergies, like an allergy to mold, can also be difficult for seniors to manage if they have trouble maintaining a clean home on their own.
Help seniors by:
• Keeping a list of allergens available for all caregivers
• Including allergies on medical alert tags or other places emergency personnel might look
• Keeping allergens out of the home, including as meal ingredients for other family members
• Finding indoor activities for seniors with seasonal allergies during hard times of year
• Asking medical personnel if allergies and a senior’s medications might conflict
• Finding allergen-free recipes
• Helping maintain a clean home
• Knowing what to do (and educating seniors about what to do) if an allergic reaction occurs