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Companion Home Care Tips: How Seniors Can Achieve Optimal Heart Health

Dec 1, 2016 by Becky Cross

Companion Home Care Tips: How Seniors Can Achieve Optimal Heart Health

Heart disease is a common health threat among elderly adults. Although the risk of heart disease does increase with age, it can be prevented with the right lifestyle habits. By lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, keeping diabetes under control, and correctly managing other health conditions that contribute to heart problems, heart disease risk can be reduced. Companion home care professionals recommend the following tips for elders who would like to achieve optimal heart health:

Eat Healthy

Seniors who eat a diet high in fat, sodium, and cholesterol are prime candidates for heart disease. By consuming a variety of nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish, the risk of heart disease can be significantly lowered. Healthy eating is essential for protecting an elder’s heart and overall health.

Exercise Regularly

Studies have proven that at least 30 minutes a day of exercise can drastically reduce heart disease risk in seniors. There are many fun ways that elders can get in their 30 minutes of daily exercise. Whether it’s walking a dog around the neighborhood or gardening in the yard, every elder can find an exercise he or she enjoys.  

Quit Smoking

Smoking is actually one of the biggest risk factors in developing heart disease. In addition, smoking can take 10 years off an elder’s life. A companion home care provider can help your elder drop this terrible habit and live a more heart healthy life.

Regular Health Screenings

All elders should take advantage of regular health screenings. A doctor can inform him or her of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the condition of his or her heart. Health screenings are an effective way for seniors to monitor health conditions that can affect the heart. A caregiver may be able to make your doctor appointment and even provide transportation.

A healthy heart is possible when aging adults follow the guidelines above. Companion home care professionals are well-trained to help elders take control of their heart health and can help your senior live a healthier, longer life.

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