Building Stronger Hearts for Mom and Dad with Senior Care Services

Building Stronger Hearts for Mom and Dad with Senior Care Services

Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of concern for senior citizens in Clinton Township, Michigan. So if you’ve recently taken responsibility for the care of mom or dad, heart health ought to be high on your list of priorities.

According to a new report by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the total number of heart disease cases in Michigan are projected to rise from 600,000 to 2.9 million by 2030. Moreover, heart disease was the leading cause of death in men and women in 2012. And in a longitudinal review of age-adjusted mortality rates in Michigan residents compared to US residents between 2000-2015, Michiganders ranked consistently higher for heart health risk.

Fortunately, many heart-healthy interventions exist. In fact, you can drastically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by implementing some healthy behavioural modifications.

To that end, today’s post answers some of the most common questions older Michiganders ask about senior heart health. Read on for a review of the research and learn how senior care services can lower your loved one’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

Senior Heart Health FAQ

What lifestyle factors affect heart health risk?

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health report, risk factors for heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes/pre-diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Physical inactivity
  • Family history
  • Poor diet

While some of these risk factors are influenced by genetics, all nine can be mitigated by behavioral modifications.

“You can’t change your genes, but you can change your lifestyle,” says cardiologist Jennifer H. Mieres, a professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and coauthor of Heart Smart for Women.

And whether you’re trying to get mom and dad to exercise more, quit smoking, or improve their diet, our senior care services can help, providing whatever company, accountability, encouragement, preparation, or transportation is needed to meet those goals.

Should I eat less red meat?

Studies show that excessive consumption of red meat can increase levels of TMAO, a specific gut bacteria that has been linked to heart disease. But good news: cutting back on red meat can drop TMAO levels in as little as a month.

Dietary modifications are easy with our senior care services. Simply request whatever changes are needed–just like the rest of their care plan, diets are totally customizable.

How can I reduce stress?

Consider limiting the amount of cable news your loved one watches in a day, since alarmist coverage can greatly increase stress levels. Try to suggest other activities instead: scrapbooking, puzzles, board games, reminiscing, gardening, and gentle walks outside all actively reduce stress, rather than up it. If you need more ideas, or somebody to implement these stress-busting activities while you’re at work, contact our senior care services.

Free Custom Senior Care Services Quote In Clinton Township, Michigan

Visit the ABC Clinton Township website or call 586-203-2157 to start your free custom care consultation and learn what senior care services fit your budget. There is never any cost, sales pressure, or commitment to buy–we just want to explain how Always Best Care can help, and direct you towards some of the best senior care resources we’ve found in Clinton Township.