Seniors Can “Spring” into Action for a Healthy Heart
by Aaron Stapleton
Queen City Homecare
8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Heart health is important at every age, but it becomes crucial as an individual ages. Poor heart health can be linked to many debilitating diseases including CHF, Type 2 Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease. For a healthy heart, it is vital to have a healthy diet and to stay active. Spring is finally here, and as exciting as it is for most people to get outside and enjoy the weather, it is easy to forget the anxiety that it can cause our aging population. After spending most of the winter indoors in a controlled environment, a change in temperature and the thought of increasing physical activity can be overwhelming. Thankfully there are steps we can take to ease the anxiety and help seniors enjoy the spring season while working to maintain a healthy heart.
It is important to visit the primary care physician for weight, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks. As an individual ages, it is also important to schedule eye exams every six to nine months as well as hearing tests. Receiving the go-ahead from the proper physicians is a great confidence boost to start the wellness journey.
During the winter months, it is easy for seniors choose fast food or quick meals instead of preparing a healthy meal. The Spring season creates limitless options for healthy meals and snacks. Plenty of fruits and vegetables like asparagus, peas, lettuce and strawberries come into season making it easy to lighten up your diet. Another way to increase heart health through diet is to switch to whole wheats and reduce red meat intake.
Walking is one of the best physical activities for seniors. Not only does it aid significantly in controlling blood sugar and supporting heart and bone health, but it can greatly improve sleep. Before stepping outside, it is imperative to do a safety check of the area and note any uneven ground or cracks in the sidewalks. If the area around the home isn’t a safe environment, many local parks offer level, paved walkways that are a safe alternative. It is also vital to keep a close watch on the temperature, wear light clothing made with natural materials, stay out of the midday sun, and always protect the skin with sunscreen.
Private Duty Homecare can be the solution to building confidence to kick start a healthy season. It is always easier to stay active with a partner, and Queen City caregivers have tools to help individuals, with any type of limitation, successfully and safely stay active. A caregiver’s assistance with physical activity and meal preparation can be key to keeping individuals out of the hospital and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is our goal at Queen City Homecare to not only keep Clients safe, but to improve their daily lives. If you or a loved one is in need of care or you are interested in learning more about how we can help to build and maintain a healthy heart, contact us today at 513-281-8000.