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Spreading the Love and Heart Health Tips with In Home Help

Spreading the Love and Heart Health Tips with In Home Help

It’s quite convenient that February is designated by the American Heart Association as American Heart Month.   This is a great month to pay attention to your heart, both literally and figuratively.  If you are interested in showing you care with heart shaped edibles, try something new that won’t break the scale.  A fresh fruit bouquet is an option to send a loved one instead of the familiar standby flowers.    Simple and healthy ideas with a twist could include adding heart-shaped cheese to your loved one’s salad and piecing together two diagonally cut cherry tomatoes to create a garden-fresh symbol of love.  Sugar-free, chocolate strawberries are not only yummy, they are very healthy.    Strawberries are a naturally heart-healthy Valentine’s Day treat that fits in greatly with the red theme.  When you cut a strawberry in half, it also looks like a heart!  Angel food with sugar-free icing is a low calorie and delicious treat to share.  There are many recipes for creating homemade granola to give as a Valentine’s treat in a pretty jar, rather than candies.

Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.  Stress is a major factor for poor heart health.  Luckily, stress can be managed!  It’s easy to let stress take over your life, but it is important to remember that taking a deep breath and facing your stress triggers can lead to a healthier lifestyle for you and those around you.  We’ve all heard someone tell us to take a deep breath, and we may have thought it was silly, but it is a medically proven fact that taking a few deep breaths can alert your brain to calm your body down and immediately relieve stress.

With winter weather still making outdoor activities difficult, we need to find creative ways to stay entertained indoors.  Valentine’s Day is a great reason to pull out the crafting supplies and look up some fun ideas to create.  A fun Valentine’s Day craft for seniors is as simple as creating festive paper cards.  All you need is some thick paper stock, but construction paper is fine, some random buttons that can be painted red or left as is, some markers, and imagination.  You can glue the buttons into the shape of a heart of in the form of the word LOVE on the cover of the card.  Using the marker you will be able to jot down words of love on the inside.  A personal card is not only fun to make, but it is also more heartfelt and will be appreciated by the recipient.

When it comes to coming up with Valentine’s Day crafts for seniors, the most important element is love.  Time spent with an elderly loved one is more important than the activity itself. The gift of time spent together is more valuable than anything money can buy.  In the end, it is important to realize that love is a feeling and not an item.  Time spent with one another while creating special memories is going to outlast any floral arrangement, box of chocolates or paper card delivery.  Time is a valuable commodity these days and taking the time to visit with a loved one and share a meal will be a gift of something truly rewarding. 

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent live in senior care and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 859-283-5500!   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 Florence provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Ft. Mitchell, Edgewood, Crestview Hills, Union, Villa Hills, and surrounding areas.