For many families, the holidays are of the happiest times of the year, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. First of all, they fall smack dab in the middle of cold and flu season, so we're already at a disadvantage right there. Then, there are all of the extra commitments: the social engagements, the pageants at school and church, the family gatherings. Don't get us wrong, we love every moment of these events, but they do make for a pretty full calendar.
Add to that, the fact that we're probably eating and drinking in a less healthy way than we normally would, not getting enough rest, stressed out about getting it all done, and running around town even more than usual. It's a wonder anyone makes it through unscathed.
As with so many things, the risks are even greater for older adults, who may not be as strong going into the holiday season so their defenses are even lower. Here are some things to keep in mind to help stave off holiday health woes:
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