Heart health has been one of our biggest article topics for years. Working on healthy habits to improve your heart function is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease and stroke, which are two of the most common causes of death among older adults. Over the years, we have put together a number of resources to help people of all ages prioritize heart health. For 2022’s American Heart Month, we’ve gathered them all in one convenient place! Explore these resources below and reach out to your local ameriCARE if you have any questions on getting a little extra help at home.
As we greet spring, it’s easy to get caught up in our every day lives – planting the garden, taking trips to visit loved ones, and getting through that tough spring cleaning. But with more activity, comes an even greater responsibility to pay attention to our heart health. At ameriCARE, we want you to make the most out of this beautiful weather and to have an incredible spring and summer, but we want you to do it safely!
Healthy eating is an important part of everyday life for everyone. Nutrition plays an important role in the overall function of our minds and bodies. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that as we age, “healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of wellbeing.” In an effort to help all Americans eat more healthfully, the USDA created ChooseMyPlate.gov to help people of all ages get better nutrition. Join us as we review a few of their tips and tricks and offer some fun snack ideas along the way!
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease or cardiovascular diseases account for 1 in 3 deaths in the United States every year. Even though the risk of heart disease increases with age, there are a lot of things seniors can do decrease their chances of experiencing heart or cardiovascular complications. Making heart-healthy choices can reduce the likelihood of heart attack or stroke which are often fatal or can cause permanent disability.
Heart disease affects one in four Americans. When the heart is not working properly, it affects other parts of the body and could have serious consequences if not treated promptly and properly. Fortunately, there are some warning signs of heart disease that you can monitor and notify your healthcare provider if they appear. Once notified, your physician can intervene and prevent further complications.
We often associate getting older with getting to live a more relaxed life. We refer to it as our “golden years” or “third act” when we can retire, winter in warmer climates, and have free time to pursue our hobbies and passions, but it is important to remember that seniors have stressors just like everyone else. And just like everyone else, seniors need ways to effectively manage stress for their own health and wellbeing. Join ameriCARE as we explore three breathing exercises to help the seniors in your life manage their stress effectively.
If you or a loved one are in need of some extra assistance, reach out to your local ameriCARE to learn more about our certified in-home caregivers. We’ll work with you to tailor a plan that meets your needs so you or your loved one can stay Happier@Home.