Healthy Heart Valentines and In Home Care for Seniors
February is the month most commonly known for the holiday surrounded with love called Valentine’s Day. This is the time to show the ones we love most how much we care and appreciate having them around. We can do this with a box of chocolates, flowers, or a lovely date out and about in Santa Barbara. While this time of year a great reason to shower our loved ones with gifts and symbols of love, it is also the perfect time to think of our heart health.
Our hearts work day in, and day out, without much recognition or even acknowledgement for the hard work done. We may try to exercise when we can to help the blood flow, but it’s not often a topic of discussion. This Valentine’s Day, make it a point to give yourself and an elderly loved one the gift of healthy heart Valentines.
One way to deliver a healthy heart Valentine to yourself and to those you love is to deliver those chocolates in a different way. Simply consuming the sugary treat, even if it is healthier like dark chocolate, is full of empty calories that aren’t ideal. Instead of bringing the same old, store-bought, candy treats, why not prepare a fresh batch at home using healthier alternatives? Fresh strawberries, pretzel rods, marshmallows on a stick, raisins, and nuts dipped in chocolate are all delicious and a heart-healthy twist on a traditional Valentine’s Day treat.
Eating well and regular exercise are key parts of a healthier heart. Think outside the box and plan to visit a local park or a museum if the weather is colder. Thinking of activities that get the heart pumping like an indoor game of basketball or rock climbing in a sports complex are great forms of healthy heart Valentines.
Spending quality time with our senior loved ones is a wonderful way to deliver a healthy heart Valentine. Taking a loved one out for a day of ice skating, the movies, or dinner is a great way to share the special day. There are sure to be many family friendly activities in all of the areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.
If an elderly loved one is unable to leave the house, it is a sweet idea to bring the festivities to them. Nothing quite beats the feeling of being cherished and this can be done simply with healthy, home-cooked meal. Bring the ingredients and whip up something tasty and enjoy the time spent together preparing and eating. Companionship is the best gift to give to those we love.
If you would like to learn more about professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care and the many benefits of caring and consistent in home senior care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, companionship, personal assistance, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.