With age, seniors and older adults are at a higher risk for cardiovascular conditions ranging from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart attack and heart disease. While there is no way to guarantee that a senior will not suffer from one of these conditions, there are management strategies and lifestyle change that can be made to significantly reduce risk. Today, Home Care Assistance of Douglas County offers three easy ways to promote a heart healthy senior lifestyle:
- Kick bad habits, one at a time. Dramatic lifestyle changes are often difficult for seniors and older adults because they require the individual to stop doing something they have likely done for years, if not decades. Seniors looking to obtain a heart healthy lifestyle should try to kick bad habits one at a time. For instance, instead of drastically taking all unhealthy food out of the diet, start with one the removal of one item like sweets. Then, move onto sodas and processed convenience foods to help make the transition easier. Indulging in fatty or fast foods aren’t the only bad habits either; smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also be damaging to the heart.
- Go for a daily walk. Living an active lifestyle is imperative to heart health, however many people misunderstand what an active lifestyle really entails. Seniors are not expected to be weight lifters are marathon runners, but some type of movement or activity, even if just a walk around the neighborhood, can increase heart rate which can lead to controlled blood pressure and cholesterol. Seniors can also consider walking with a family member, friend or professional caregiver in Douglas County as studies show that exercise routines have a higher rate of completion when done with a partner.
- Don’t skip regular medical appointments. There are many reasons why a senior may skip an annual medical appointment. For some, there is fear of the unknown or that a life-threatening condition will be identified. For others, they feel there is simply no reason to go or they may not have transportation to actually get to the appointment. However, at the end of the day, it’s extremely important for seniors to attend regular medical appointments to ensure that health is monitored regularly. Doctors can make recommendations for how to best live a heart-healthy lifestyle and can identify any problems as soon as possible.
Taking small steps to ensure overall heart health today can go a long way in promoting healthy longevity for years to come. If you or an aging loved one are having trouble living a balanced lifestyle, contact the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained caregivers are available for hourly and live-in home care in Douglas County and can assist with a variety of daily activities including nutritious meal preparation, exercise routines, light housekeeping, personal care, transportation and more. For more information, reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager today at 720-287-1685 and schedule a free, home care consultation.