When we think of a heart, we tend to think of love. The best way to show love for someone is to spend time with them. Time spent with family and friends can greatly reduce stress and this is so important for heart health; especially for senior loved ones. One way to incorporate to keep a healthy heart is to prepare a home cooked meal together with fresh vegetables and lean meats. In many cases, the act of preparing food together can be just as rewarding as sitting down around the table together. Take this time to really enjoy each other’s company. A healthy meal is a great way to jump start or round off the day. Fueling our bodies with nutrients and hydrating often is the key to healthy living. Add a delicious meal to a table surrounded by friends and family and it’s a social event. If we make time to spend with those we love the most, we are bound to feel it in our hearts and the mood-boost will last throughout the week.
Along with choosing healthy meals as we age, it is also important to remember to stay hydrated. As we get older and have to take more medications, it can be very easy to get dehydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water. Drinking low-fat milk and 100% juice is another healthy way to stay hydrated and healthy.
We may not see our aging loved ones at the gym every day, but that doesn’t meant they shouldn’t be conscious about their physical and heart health. No matter our age, it’s important to keep exercise in mind. Working on your fitness not only improves your physical health, but also your mental health. Working out, even on a minimum level, can greatly decrease stress and anxiety levels. You are never too old to start exercising. In fact, exercise only gets more important with advancing age. Research shows that no matter what your age, you stand to gain improvements in strength, balance, range in motion, bone density and mental clarity through exercise. Exercise is also great for keeping a healthy heart.
Seniors can also benefit greatly from more assistance around the house with in home senior care. With help with daily routines such as light housekeeping and meal preparation, time can be spent with friends and family instead of worrying about tedious chores. Reducing daily stresses is very important for heart health; along with eating cleaner, less processed foods, and incorporating exercise into a daily routine. It is important to remind a senior loved one to take away from daily tasks. Even a weekly outing to visit with friends, or even to catch a movie, is important for recharging and regrouping. Taking the time to take a break is a wonderful way to reduce stress and this will boost mood and improve overall wellbeing. A happy heart is a healthy heart!
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home care for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.