Your heart is responsible for just about everything that gives your body life – from the transportation of oxygen throughout the body to how well your immune system fights illness. That being said, why wouldn’t you want to protect your heart? At Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach, we know that heart health is important at any age, and wanted to outline some of the best ways for seniors to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke through heart healthy living! Check out these tips from senior health experts:
- Remain Active – The American Heart Association, (AHA) recommends regular physical activity for all individuals as a way to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Taking a walk with a loved one on a routine basis is a great way to easily incorporate exercise into a daily routine and to spend more time together. If painful joints are an issue, investing in an inexpensive recumbent bike may be of huge benefit.
- Know Your Numbers – Those that suffer from high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure are at an increased risk of heart disease. Routine checkups to screen for these problems should be considered a must for all senior citizens. If the numbers are high, the primary care provider can make recommendations to decrease these numbers and monitor the senior more closely. Are you unable to take your aging loved one to regular health screenings? Consider hiring an hourly caregiver in Palm Beach who can be used on an as needed basis for transportation and non-medical help around the house.
- Healthy Eating Habits – The importance of healthy eating habits cannot be stressed enough, especially for seniors. Eating foods rich in fibers, low-in-fat and packed with vitamins and minerals can help stave off many risk factors such as excess weight for example. In addition, it can help to avoid common problems seen in the elderly population such as constipation, vitamin deficiency and even osteoporosis.
These are just a few tips for seniors and their families for heart healthy living. Taking medications as prescribed, stress management and reduction and abstaining from tobacco use are some other things that will reduce cardiovascular risks. It is also important to remember that your loved one’s primary care provider can also be a great source of information and education.
If your aging loved one needs assistance in creating a heart healthy diet and exercise plan, contact the Palm Beach live-in care specialists at Home Care Assistance. We tailor each of our senior care plans to the specific needs, abilities and preferences of each client and provide care from 4 to 24 hours a day to help carry out health goals and support activities of daily living. Dial 561-429-8292 today and schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation!