Hearts adorn cards and window fronts during the month of February. While it’s a great month to express the emotion of love for the special people in your life, it is also a prime time to learn more about the anatomical heart, how to take care of it and how to detect signals of cardiovascular complications.
In honor of American Heart Month, an annual campaign hosted by the American Heart Association to increase awareness about heart disease, Naples Home Care Assistance wanted to share some of the ways that seniors and older adults can fully embrace all aspects of the heart this February.
Modify the Diet
Everyone knows that diet plays a huge part in overall health. However, it can be tricky to guess what small dietary changes can pack the most punch. If you are looking to make dietary improvements for your loved one, consider experimenting with using seasonings to flavor foods in place of salt. The American Heart Association warns that too much salt in one’s diet increases the risk of elevated blood pressure, which can result in compromised blood vessels and a build up of plaque that can lead to heart disease.
Make the change fun and involve your aging relative, and even some of their friends to join you in an at home cooking class where you try out various fresh herbs and spices. You can even include your children for a cooking activity that is sure to bring a smile to your aging parent or loved one’s face.
Being active is a gift for any healthy heart. Look for age appropriate ways to get your senior relative moving. Many gyms have special classes geared toward seniors, taught by trained professionals, that can range from water aerobics to simple strength training exercises. Even a short walk around the block can get the blood pumping and can be beneficial in the fight against heart disease. You can even encourage a senior loved one to do a few more chores around the house, even a little bit of extra activity now can do wonders for the heart in the long-term.
If your aging parent or loved one struggles with daily activities, it is also possible to get help from a professional home caregiver. Live-in or hourly Naples caregivers can provide reliable care on an as-needed basis, assisting seniors with activities that are no longer safe for them to perform, while promoting as much independence and activity (in and out of the home) as possible.
An appealing and easy way to be part of and spread awareness about American Health Month is to wear red on National Wear Red Day. This year’s designated day is February 6, 2015. If someone compliments you or your loved one, be sure to state the reason why you are wearing red. It is important for men and women to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack, as well as ways to prevent these health events.
Instead of fearing heart disease and stroke, be an advocate for healthy habits! To learn more about caring for a senior with heart disease, stroke care in Naples, or other ways Home Care Assistance caregivers can promote a heart healthy lifestyle for your loved one, call 239-449-4701 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.