Heart health is essential in older adulthood, especially as risk factors increase. The best way that seniors can arm themselves against problems is to make positive lifestyle changes, arm themselves with knowledge, and understand the risk factors. With these steps, while the risks of heart disease and stroke cannot be eliminated, it does give seniors a better fighting chance!
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian seniors can improve their heart health with simple tips. Seniors can implement these concepts into their lifestyle on their own or with the health of a senior care provider:
1. Cut down on eating out – whether it’s snacks or meals, avoid eating out and fast-food and prepare meals at home. Pack a lunch when away from home for work or other activities
2. Check nutrition – when shopping for groceries, always read the nutritional information to make smart decisions that will benefit your heart health
3. Understand family history – know if heart problems, heart attacks, heart disease or strokes are in your family history because that automatically increases risk factors
4. Measure your waist – while many step on the scale, few actually take their measurements. The waist is most important because those with a larger circumference are prone to high blood pressure, cholesterol and other issues that can affect the heart
5. Know the risk factors – understanding the risk factors for heart disease and stroke can help seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices. Likewise, knowing the signs and symptoms to detect the onset of these issues can help catch heart problems early
If your loved one needs help in eating better foods and grocery shopping in the Mississauga ON area, please call Home Instead Senior Care – we can help with transportation, nutritious cooking, and exercise to keep your loved one moving in order to stay fit and active. Call us at (905) 276-2273.
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