Feb 23, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan
Heart disease is a serious condition that affects many individuals and many seniors too. The aging population may not even know that they have heart disease or are at risk for it. If you are ever concerned about your loved one’s heart health, do not hesitate to contact their primary care provider and speak with them. Home care experts warn that heart disease can remain almost silent in many seniors and many seniors never even know they have it or are at risk until they have a checkup.
Below, you will find some helpful tips that can reduce the risks of heart disease in your loved one. Our home care team recommends that you encourage your loved one to take these steps.
Your loved one should maintain a healthy weight and not be overweight or considered obese according to their height and weight. It is important that your loved one speak with their healthcare professional to ensure they are at the right weight and if not, they can learn more about what is safe for them to do to lose weight.
Home care experts encourage you to talk to your loved one about smoking, should they be active smokers. Smoking increases your chance for developing heart disease. If your loved one has not quit, he or she should take steps to do so.
All seniors should exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. A sedentary lifestyle can promote heart disease and it is important for your beloved senior to get their body moving, blood flowing, and breathe in some fresh air. Some good exercises for seniors include walking, cycling, and swimming.
If you would like to learn more about our home care services or how we can help your loved one in their home, call Comfort Keepers today.