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February is Heart Health Month!

Monday, February 6, 2017 @ 04:02 PM

How’s your heart doing lately?

Don’t forget that February is Heart Health month and there are plenty of ways you can ensure that the senior in your life has a strong heart, and yours as well! Your heart needs as much attention as your brain, if not more! Some tips on keeping you and your elders heart healthy can be:

Excersise when you can .

There are plenty of simple excersises you can do with your senior that will help get that blood flow going, and can even help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels down!

Reduce Blood Sugar (sugar intake). 

The higher a person’s blood sugar level is, the higher his or her risk of DHD. Diabetes affects heart disease risk in  major ways.By reducing your sugar intake, you are essentially saving the heart of your senior and yourself.

 

Eat better!

There are tons of ways you can sneak in a few extra fruits and veggies into your seniors diet daily. Smoothies are a great example, especially if they have a sweet tooth! Healthy Senior cookbooks can be found here online to help inspire new ideas and approches to a healthy lifestyle. Perfect if your senior loves to cook and is still able to! You can also click here to get more tips and tricks about helping seniors in the kitchen.

Stop smoking.

It’s never too late to quit. If your senior smokes, or you do, it’s in the best interest of the both of you to quit. It can be hard, but it doesn’t compare to sparing the lives of your loved ones. There is now online support, group support, and phone support through various companies. Click here to find out tips and tricks on a how to quit.

Learn and remember the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.

For heart attacks, look into CPR training courses. They usually last only a few hours and can potentially save a life.

For strokes, learn F.A.S.T.

FAST is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services.

Here are simple excersises to help you and your senior lead healthier lifestyles, and keep your hearts happy and strong!

 

CONTACT US: Meaningful activities can provide stimulation while promoting a feeling of usefulness, and raising a Senior’s spirits any time of year, not just during Heart Health Month . Regal can help if you have a Senior family member or elderly loved one suffering from cognitive decline or dementia. They might benefit from an in-home care plan that supports their daily medical needs, as well as helps with the activities of daily life. Regal can coordinate with the individual’s family members and healthcare professionals so the services they need can be cost-effectively provided in the less restrictive environment of the home. For a consultation, please contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical advice