Caregiving: Keeping the Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area Senior Heart Healthy
Helping care for your Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area Senior's Heart Healthy with Fitness
Studies have shown, Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area seniors have a higher chance of maintaining a healthy heart if they start staying physically active and fit while middle aged. Why? Because as a person ages, their heart’s central pumping chamber will start to thicken. They may develop diastolic dysfunction, which means that the heart’s ventricles are not relaxed and are not receiving the blood they need. How can an Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area senior fight to avoid this? Keeping up with a weekly routine of 150 minutes of adequate activity, or 75 minutes of lively activity. As their in home caregiver, it is your job to help keep them keep them as active as they can be. Does your Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area senior smoke? Studies show that smoking is a leading cause to heart disease. Being the primary in home caregiver, you can help come up with a way for your loved one to quit smoking. Alcohol a regular part of their diet? By monitoring the amount of alcohol your loved one consumes, you are helping them to avoid heart and health issues such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart arrhythmia's. Help them to focus on eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. Cutting back on sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol dominated foods will also help your loved one to battle against heart disease. The more healthy they eat, the more healthy weight they maintain their particular frame. Regular visits to the doctor and in home care monitoring by taking medication will also help your Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area senior loved one stay heart healthy. Lastly, as an in home care giver, you can help your senior loved one stay on track with their heart health, is to help them with their stress level. Stress is a leading factor in heart health risk, and can lead one to starting an unhealthy lifestyle. Minimizing stress in a senior’s daily routine and environment is one of the best ways you can care for them. Whether it be finding activities to help de-stress such as yoga or meditation, or simply just changing physical things in the home that may cause stress. Starting in the 1980’s, studies of adults between the ages of 45 and 64 were taken over 24 hour periods of time. Their activity levels were followed through survey, and heart activity was measured by way of specific heart ultrasounds as the study was coming to a close. In the end, researchers discovered that while half of the subjects involved in the study hit the “ideal” mark for adequate relaxing physical activity, almost a third of the subjects claimed to not partake in any normal routine of physical activity. However, despite these findings, they also discovered that when Appleton/Fox Cities and Waupaca Area seniors increase their level of activity in their daily routine even if done later in life, their heart will maintain its healthy functioning longer. BrightStar Home Care of Appleton and Waupaca area proudly provides medical staffing, skilled nursing and non-medical in home care for seniors and children, including a passion for elder care companionship and supportive services in Outagamie, Waupaca, and portions of Winnebago, Calumet and Brown counties. We are very proud of our Joint Commission Accreditation to provide you the highest quality of care in the Appleton, Fox Cities and Waupaca areas.