Heart disease is a chronic condition that is the leading cause of death among adults over the age of 65. According to the American Heart Association, approximately 83.6 million Americans (more than one in three) have some form of heart disease. Of that group, 42.2 million are 60 or older.
Many seniors have heart disease or risk factors that contribute to it, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Seniors can reduce their risk of developing heart disease or control the condition through a combination of diet, exercise, and medication.
Older adults often have trouble caring for themselves and living independently because of physical conditions, such as heart disease, or mental afflictions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In spite of these limitations, many seniors would rather remain at home than to live in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.
How a Caregiver Can Help Your Parent Stay Healthy
If your parent has heart disease or risk factors that could contribute to it and wants to continue living at home, a caregiver can help. He or she can make sure your parent receives the care and support he or she needs to remain as healthy as possible.
A homemaker can prepare nutritious meals to help your parent manage his or her cholesterol or diabetes. A low-fat diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the key components in fighting heart disease and can help your parent avoid a heart attack.
Another key in the fight against heart disease is regular exercise. Physical activity strengthens the heart and controls blood pressure. Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease, and regular moderate exercise has been proven to help people maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
If your parent takes medication to control blood pressure, cholesterol, or heart disease, it is essential that it be taken every day at the right times and in the right doses. Forgetting to take these medications can have catastrophic consequences. A caregiver can remind your parent to take his or her medication on schedule as prescribed by a physician.
Dependable Care Can Help Seniors with Heart Disease
Dependable Care has a team of trained and compassionate caregivers who can help seniors who have heart disease or who are at risk. A caregiver can prepare healthy meals for your parent, help him or her with moderate exercise, and make sure he or she takes all medications as prescribed. If your parent needs assistance managing heart disease at home, contact Dependable Care today so we can match your parent with the right caregiver.