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Heart-Healthy Tips for Seniors
Jul 14, 2016 by Luke Ries
Help Keep Your Loved Ones' Hearts Healthy
As we begin to age, the risk of developing heart disease increases significantly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is considered one of the leading causes of death for adults over the age of 65, alongside cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease. There are several factors and conditions that contribute to this – from high blood pressure to diabetes – which can lead many seniors to feel as if developing heart disease is wholly inevitable. However, with some effort and routine monitoring, your aging loved ones can learn to help keep their hearts strong and live healthier, happier lives.
Heart Healthy Tips
- Maintain A Healthy Weight: If the body is carrying around an excessive amount of weight, the heart may have to work harder than normal, resulting in increased blood pressure. To help seniors manage a healthy weight level, suggest that they not only control their portions, but also substitute sweet and salty snacks for vegetables and fruits. Additionally, and with the consultation of a doctor or physician, your loved ones should incorporate exercise into their schedules.
- Don't Stress Out: Whether they’re emotionally or physically related, there can potentially be many stressors in seniors’ lives. Help them find healthy outlets, like a routine low-impact exercise routine or a painting class at the local recreation center. Activities that keep the mind engaged in a healthy way can help promote positive lifestyle choices.
- Quit The Habit: There is plenty of information about the negative effects of smoking. For seniors, this habit can worsen existing conditions from osteoporosis to respiratory infections – in addition to weakening the heart. Although quitting is not easy, especially for lifelong smokers, the benefits are endless. To help, suggest to your loved ones that they should:
- alter daily routines that previously included smoking,
- find healthy substitutes for cigarettes,
- limit interaction with other smokers to reduce temptation, and
- utilize aids like nicotine patches and gum.
There’s nothing you cherish more than the health of your senior loved ones. Follow the tips above to help prevent heart disease and keep them from developing other life-threatening conditions. Always consult with your senior loved one’s physician or doctor for physical or dietary guidelines.
Let Comfort Keepers® Lend a Helping Hand
The trusted in-home caregivers of Comfort Keepers in Racine can also see that your aging loved ones are taking steps to ensure a heart-healthy lifestyle. Our approach to care, called Interactive Caregiving™, allows our home caregivers to “do with” rather than “do for.” This means that we keep your loved ones engaged in their favorite activities to promote positive wellbeing. We can also assist with personal care needs and provide safe, dependable transportation to and from locations in and around the Racine community. Above all, we believe in providing in home senior care - the way it should be.
We are more than happy to answer all your questions. You can either contact us or call today at (262) 299-0320 for more information.