The Importance of a Healthy, Happy Heart and In Home Care for the Elderly

Valentine’s Day is approaching, so with the theme of love in the air, there is no better time to think about the importance of a healthy, happy heart.  There are many ways to keep our heart healthy, both physically and emotionally. 

First, let’s talk about how we can physically take care of our heart.  The most beneficial way to keep our heart healthy is to actually get physical.  Exercising regularly and staying active helps the heart and blood vessels work better.  Regular activity burns calories and helps to maintain a healthy weight.  Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of heart disease, as extra pounds can be a major risk factor.  Losing weight is beneficial to the heart because it helps to lower cholesterol levels.

Major pharmacy chains have recently announced they are no longer selling tobacco products in their stores.  If you are a smoker, it is time to consider the many heart healthy benefits of quitting.  Toxins in cigarette smoke can damage the cardiovascular system and cause blood clots.  Not only is smoking dangerously bad for your heart health, second hand smoke can also be hazardous to those you love.

There are a few ways to maintain a healthy heart like eating a balanced diet, limit alcohol intake, and exercising. Regular heart screenings will help to monitor blood pressure and cholesterol levels and help you to maintain healthy cardiovascular function.  While it is important to stay physically healthy, it is equally vital to have a happy heart.  Some ways to feel better and have a happy heart are to seek out activities that you enjoy and spend time with those you love. 

A happy heart comes from reduced stress.  It’s normal for life to have its ups and downs; however poorly controlled stress has been linked to compromised health.  Seek out relaxing activities such as painting, yoga, a stroll around a park, and coffee with a friend.   Social interaction and relaxing activities are important for a healthy, happy heart.  Stress management techniques like deep breathing exercises and spending time with loved ones will not only improve the emotional state but physical health of the 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 Crown Point to speak to a senior care specialist today 219-662-2999!   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 Crown Point provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Crown Point, Valparaiso, Schererville, Whiting, and Merrillville.

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