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American Health Month: Strategies for Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

An individual may give very little thought to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and heart disease until he or she receives an unsettling report from their physician after a routine check. At Annapolis Home Care Assistance, we know how overwhelming it can be when one is instructed to make unfamiliar lifestyle adaptions in order to improve health. However, we also know that taking a methodical approach to developing positive habits and maintaining a determined attitude can help seniors and older adults ease into a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle.

In honor of Heart Health Month, a national campaign hosted by the American Heart Association to increase awareness about heart disease, we wanted to share a few simple changes and strategies that can help to promote a heart healthy lifestyle for seniors and older adults. And they’re also things that our professional and compassionate Annapolis caregivers can help your aging loved one with!

  • Focusing on a balanced diet

    Modifying the diet to lessen the danger of cardiac disease should be approached positively and with a sense of adventure. Instead of mourning the loss of certain favorite foods, a person should look at the beneficial gains that are enjoyed by incorporating new items into meals that are both healthy and delicious. In most cases, certain foods do not need to be banned completely, but eaten less frequently. Our caregivers include their clients in making meal decisions, assisting with grocery shopping and allowing your loved one to be an active participant in the decision making process. Allowing the senior to have some control over new changes can make the transition easier, and can also be more fun!

  • Incorporating exercise into every day

    Exercise is a bad word for many seniors. But if heart-healthy activity is constantly regarded as a negative activity, your loved one is less likely to establish a regular workout routine. Exercise does not have to be grueling; in fact, if seniors can find activities that they enjoy, they may not even notice that they are getting a good cardiovascular workout. Exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates are a great way to incorporate activity during the day, but there are many opportunities for physical activity around the home too. House cleaning, vacuuming and gardening are all easy ways that can help seniors increase stamina. And with a professional caregiver by your loved one’s side while these activities are performed, you can rest assured your loved one is safe and comfortable at all times.

To learn more about reducing heart disease and stroke risk for senior loved ones, reach out to Home Care Assistance today. We are the Annapolis stroke care experts, and incorporate our revolutionary Balanced Care Method into each plan of care to help promote heart health for our valued clients. Call 443-302-2771 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.