As Seniors, we know that there are a lot of things to be aware of in order to maintain our health. Heart Disease can seem like something that comes with aging but in reality this commonality only applies when we don’t take care ourselves by maintaining our lifestyle choices and eating heart-healthy foods. A study showed that about eighty-four percent (84%) out of all people aged 65 years or over died because they had some form on cardiovascular issues – this means 78% for women and 90% for men so there are many ways we can help protect ourselves against this.
One area that many Seniors neglect is their heart health. This article provides 10 easy heart-healthy habits for Seniors.
1. Exercise A Lot
Start by making sure your Seniors are getting enough exercise. Seniors should do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity on most days, such as brisk walking or easy cycling. This can help reduce the risk for heart disease and improve blood pressure levels. Seniors who have arthritis may find it difficult to participate in high impact activities, but can still engage in activities including stretching, dancing or swimming.
A Seniors’ doctor may recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program for Seniors who have chronic heart problems. Such programs typically include aerobic activity as well as other types of physical exercise tailored to Seniors with various abilities and health needs. .
2. Follow A Heart-Healthy Diet
Seniors should try to follow a heart-healthy diet. Seniors can be at a higher risk for high cholesterol – which is linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, so it’s important that Seniors have their levels checked regularly and know what foods are healthy choices. Seniors who drink alcohol or use tobacco products also need to take care in what they eat. Seniors should also be careful not to overeat and maintain a healthy weight, as this can have negative effects on our heart health.
Seniors who are diabetic or at risk for becoming diabetic need to follow special diets with their Doctor’s supervision. Seniors who want to know more about following a heart-healthy diet may wish to consult a specialist – such as the American Heart Association (AHA) – which has resources available online aimed specifically at Seniors’ needs.
3. Get Check Up By A Specialist
Seniors should make sure they are getting scheduled check-ups from their doctor. Seniors need to have a baseline and periodic assessment of their weight, blood pressure levels, and other important heart health factors such as cholesterol level or the presence of diabetes. Seniors who do not know their family history for cardiovascular disease may also want to ask about genetic testing which can help determine risk
4. Maintain Weight
Seniors should maintain a healthy weight. Seniors who are overweight or obese may be at an increased risk for heart disease, so Seniors need to talk with their doctor about what kind of plan will work best for them in terms of diet and exercise. Seniors can also work with a doctor to help develop an action plan for weight loss.
5. Reduce Stress
Seniors should also consider ways to reduce stress in their lives. Seniors who have chronic or acute health problems may find it difficult to manage everyday activities and Seniors with mental illness might not be able to cope well without support from friends, family members, social workers, counselors or other professionals.
6. Quit Smoking and Drinking
Seniors should be aware that Seniors who drink alcohol or use tobacco products need to take care in what they eat. Seniors should also quit smoking, if Seniors have not already done so. Seniors who smoke are more likely to have a heart attack or coronary event. Seniors should stop smoking by consulting their doctor and using other methods, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products like patches, gum, inhalers or nasal spray
Seniors also need to be aware that there may not be an easy way out of habits like this – it can take up to three weeks for the body’s response systems return back to normal after Seniors quit smoking so Seniors will probably want some support in quitting from friends, family members or professionals if Seniors do decide they want help stopping these bad habits.