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WCNC: Keeping seniors healthy, especially during COVID

It’s always important for seniors to stay healthy, but it’s especially important during the current COVID-19 pandemic. WCNC’s Charlotte Today invited Dr. Ryan Shelton to share senior health tips for the winter and during COVID-19. Watch the full November 12 segment and catch a few of Dr. Shelton’s tips below.

Get your flu vaccine. Dr. Shelton calls flu vaccines for seniors a “must-do,” stressing that they can be found at many convenient locations like local grocery store pharmacies or via drive-up locations.

Don’t put off your regular medical care. The COVID-19 pandemic is going to be a long haul, Dr. Shelton says, so it’s important not to put off the doctor’s appointments you need to stay healthy. Tryon is keeping offices optimized through a variety of processes, including patient screenings and only seeing sick patients at satellite clinics.

Stay connected. With less sunlight during the winter months, it can be easy to feel isolated and get the blues. Dr. Shelton recommends staying connected with family and friends safely, like via FaceTime or simply by going for a walk. It’s important to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, but a balance must be struck to keep seniors engaged.

Avoid large gatherings. The holidays are coming up and traditionally, that means large family gatherings. It’s important to make modifications this year to stay healthy.