February is recognized as American Heart Month, a national campaign put on by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and other heart-related conditions. In honor of American Heart Month, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Denver, wanted to share information about the steps that seniors and older adults can take to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.
The following lifestyle changes can represent the first steps that seniors can take this month to promote heart-health after the age of 60:
- Stay Physical – It is important for older adults to remain as active as possible on a daily basis in order to increase heart health. Seniors should start easy. Going for a walk for as little as ten minutes can be enough activity to get the heart pumping, while increasing endurance and strength. Walks with friends, family members and caregivers that are planned in advance can also create invaluable time for bonding and ample opportunities for socialization.
- Eat Smart – A healthy diet is one of the most valuable tools available in the battle against cardiovascular disease. Providing hourly and live-in care in Denver, our caregivers know that eating smart can be a particular challenge for seniors because they’ve already formed certain eating habits over the years. This is why we recommend that seniors take a gradual and smart approach to changing the diet. First start by cutting out foods that threaten heart health, such as fats and sodium, and begin incorporating more fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber and lean proteins. With time, changes will become easier, and the result will be a stronger, healthier heart that is better equipped to fight illness.
- Monitor Health – High blood pressure is one of the largest risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. While there are medications that can help to manage blood pressure, the most effective method for protecting the heart is to reduce salt and caffeine intake. It is also wise to schedule and attend regular appointments with the doctor to ensure that levels are safely maintained and that other health issues are in check.
It is never too early, or too late to begin controlling heart-health. Seniors and their family members can come together in their efforts to prioritize heart health so that everyone can live a healthier, happier life.
To learn more about staying healthy with age or senior care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Denver today and speak with one of our friendly Care Managers. We are available 24/7 to answer questions and also offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations where you can learn more about our services including hourly, live-in and stroke care in Denver. Call 720-443-3371 – we look forward to hearing from you.