Adopting Harvard’s Top-5 Heart-Healthy Habits with Senior Care in Texas
According to a new study by Harvard Medical School, there are 5 heart-healthy habits that all seniors should adopt to enjoy longer, healthier lives:
- Avoid tobacco. Smoking cigarettes, pipes, and cigars is as hard on the heart and arteries as it is on the lungs.
- Be active. The Harvard Medical School website describes physical activity as “about the closest thing you have to magic bullets against heart disease and other chronic conditions.”
- Aim for a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight strains the heart. If you’re overweight, losing just 5-10% of your starting weight can make a huge difference in your blood sugar and blood pressure.
- Enliven your diet. The Harvard website recommends a simple diet of whole, unprocessed foods, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, good protein, herbs, and spices.
- Drink alcohol in moderation (if at all). Researchers recommend a maximum intake of 1-2 drinks per day for men and no more than 1 for women.
Largely common sense, but all easier said than done. Thankfully, senior care can help make these healthy habits stick. Here’s how:
- Senior care makes quitting smoking easier. Our senior care staff can monitor your loved one’s smoking habits, holding them accountable and motivating them to achieve their goals. We can also provide distractions when cravings set in, such as games or outings, and run out to pick up any quit-smoking products that may be needed.
- Senior care increases opportunities for safe exercise. Meeting physical activity goals can be tough. Even motivated seniors may be held back by concerns about their safety. What if they fall during their walk? What if they overexert themselves? With senior care, these worries fade away as your loved one takes heart in knowing there’s a qualified care worker on-hand at all times. We can accompany your loved one on gentle walks and participate in other safe physical activities they enjoy.
If your loved one is still able to visit the gym but unable to drive, we can provide transportation to and from the fitness center as part of your regular senior care service.
- Senior care makes weight loss and maintenance easier. Weight loss and maintenance requires a little more care as we age. In addition to proper diet, regular exercise, and weigh-ins, you need to communicate with your primary care provider on a regular basis. In all these areas, senior care can help. In addition to providing full assistance with meal preparation and physical activities, we can keep your primary care provider in the loop by scheduling check-ups and driving you to and from appointments to discuss and monitor your weight goals.
- Senior care simplifies healthy eating. Convenience foods become more enticing as we age and the chore of buying, preparing, and cooking food becomes more of a challenge. But older adults in Katy, Texas can enjoy nutritious food with none of the work with the help of our senior care services. We can take care of everything from grocery shopping and food prep to cooking and clean-up.
- Senior care supports your alcohol abstinence efforts. Like with smoking, our senior care team can provide encouragement, distraction, and accountability as they try to quit or limit drinking. We can also help you control how much alcohol comes into the home by doing all the grocery shopping.