According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. The good news is there are habits your elderly loved one can implement right now to improve heart health. The experienced Omaha elder care experts at Home Care Assistance suggest seniors incorporate the following activities as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Numerous studies have shown that getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day can improve cardiovascular health. Encourage your loved one to try low impact activities such as walking, swimming, and yoga. Exercise also reduces stress and can be a great way to socialize with others.
A heart-healthy diet, including less sodium and more whole grains, reduces the risk of heart disease. If your loved one needs help, consider hourly care in Omaha. An experienced caregiver can grocery shop and prepare meals in accordance with new dietary goals.
Gardening is a great hobby for senior adults, combining the benefits of exercise and nutrition into one activity. Various studies have shown that the physical activity from gardening is good for the heart, and seniors who garden tend to consume more fruits and vegetables and have a healthier diet.
If your loved one is overweight, take daily steps to lose weight through exercise and good nutrition. The more excess weight your loved one carries, the greater his or her risk for heart disease. Eating nutritious meals, monitoring calories, and exercising are proven methods for losing weight and keeping it off.
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
A recent study from the European Heart Journal showed that people who routinely slept less than six hours a night had a 48 percent increased risk of developing heart disease. Help your senior loved one develop good sleep hygiene by encouraging him or her to go bed at about the same time each evening and wake at about the same time each morning, and avoid over-stimulation before bedtime by limiting caffeine, technology, and television.
Learn more about senior health and wellness from the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance of Omaha. Changing the way the senior population ages is one of our top priorities, and we promote a healthy lifestyle through our exclusive Balanced Care Method, which emphasizes daily exercise, socialization, maintaining a sense of purpose, and eating a healthy diet. BCM is available at no cost for all of our hourly and live-in home care clients. For more information, call us today at (402) 763-9140.