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American Heart Month: Helping a Senior Make Heart Healthy Changes

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among senior adults? With so much of the aging population impacted by heart health, it’s important for seniors and their caregivers to be informed of how to take an active approach to maintaining a healthy heart.

In honor of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association’s campaign to increase awareness about heart disease and cardiovascular conditions, Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque wanted to share a few small changes that can have a big impact on overall heart health.

Visit the Doctor

In order for anyone to improve heart health, it can be helpful to know where you currently stand. Be sure to help your aging loved one schedule regular check-ups at the doctor’s office, where they can have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. This is especially important for seniors who are on medications, as many can have an effect on cardiovascular functions. Once seniors are educated about where their current heart health stands, they will be more motivated to enact any necessary changes to their diet or lifestyle.

Manage Stress

An important factor in heart health that can’t be overlooked is stress. If seniors aren’t able to properly manage their stress, they are more likely to have heart disease, high blood pressure, and chest pain. Unfortunately, growing older can involve many stressful situations: spouses and friends may pass away, living arrangements might change, and illness and disease can arise. Be a strong advocate for your aging loved one and provide help whenever they need it, even if that simply means lending a listening ear. Work with them on strategies to help relieve their stress, and you can help their heart working at optimal levels.

Eat Well

Diet, of course, also plays a crucial role in maintaining heart health. If your senior loved one needs to overhaul their diet, help them by providing education and options. Take them shopping and buy a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables, heart-healthy nuts and oils, and high fiber foods. Don’t simply give them a list of foods to avoid. Instead, provide them with delicious, healthy alternatives to their usual choices. If you are unable to accompany them to the grocery store, learn more about professional hourly caregivers from Home Care Assistance. Not only are they trained in nutrition and healthy eating, they can provide reliable transportation and accompaniment to the grocery store, while also helping with meal preparation on an as-needed basis. Click here to learn more.

By helping a senior implement some simple heart-healthy changes, you can help to promote their longevity, independence and quality of life. For more information on senior living or to find support services near you, call 505-798-0800 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.