It’s a fact – heart disease is the single biggest health risk for seniors across the United States. It is the leading annual cause of death and hospitalizations among all older Americans. We at Senior Helpers have some simple nutrition tips and lifestyle tricks can significantly lower the risk of them becoming another statistic.

February is American Heart Month, and as groups around the nation are raising awareness about heart disease, we are working with the local elderly each day to help fight the battle on the front lines.

Many of the families and seniors we work with locally don’t understand that a proper diet and even the modest of exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks among seniors by more than 25 percent. Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting lazy, so we do everything we possibly can to help our clients continue to live a healthy, happy, and independent lifestyle.

Statistics About Seniors and Heart Disease*:

    • 5.3 million Americans are living with heart disease and over 600,000 more are diagnosed each year
    • 1 in 5 seniors (those over the age of 65) develop some sort of heart disease
    • The number of seniors hospitalized annually for heart failure has increased more than 130 percent since 1980
    • Simple regular light to moderate physical activity (walking, gardening, outdoor chores, etc.) can reduce the risk of heart disease among seniors by 25 to 36 percent.

*Source: American Heart Association

The heart is a muscle, and like every other muscle group in the body, you need to exercise it and give it the nutrients it needs to work properly, especially as you get older.

Nutrition Tips for a Heart-Healthy Senior Diet:

      • Quit smoking and minimize alcohol consumption
      • Avoid foods with transfats (margarine, bakery goods, fast foods) to reduce cholesterol levels
      • Eat plenty of fish, green vegetables and nuts with omega-3 fatty acids to improve overall heart health
      • Drink black or green tea after meals – antioxidants in these beverages decreases blood vessel constriction and improves overall circulation

Our Caregivers are all trained, and they know how to safely promote an individual heart-healthy lifestyle among aging loved ones. Whether it’s help in the kitchen preparing meals, assistance moving around the house during the day, or simply a friend to motivate an aging family member to get out for an afternoon walk, we can help.

For more information on remaining heart healthy, contact Don or Donna Johnson, Senior Helpers, 118 Centre on the Lake, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367, phone 636-695-3140, or 314-227- 9376, or email DonaldJ@

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