Women’s Heart Week is February 1st through the 7th and that makes this a great opportunity to talk about health and well-being with your elderly mother. At the moment, your mother might not require any type of elder care. If that’s the case, then great! But, that doesn’t mean she can’t use a little attention when it comes to her heart.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States today. Too often, we don’t recognize the potential signs of problems with heart health, even for the elderly. So this year, focus on elderly health care and ensure that your mother or grandmother has a heart that is strong and healthy all year long.
One of the best things that you can do to help ensure that your heart is healthy is to get the appropriate amount of exercise on a daily basis. Notice that the word ‘appropriate’ was used in this case and that means what might be ideal for you at 40 or 50 isn’t going to be ideal for someone who is in their 70s or 80s. However, even though your mother or grandmother may be advanced in years, that doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t be getting any exercise.
Getting out to walk, even if she uses a walker or cane, is exercise and it’s good for her. Just make sure that you check with her primary doctor to make sure that there are no issues with her getting the right level of exercise for her age.
Eating right is also important. Getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients in her diet is crucial to good heart health. Cut back on fatty foods and high cholesterol foods.
Finally, understand what the major symptoms are of a potential heart attack. If you notice that your mother has been getting dizzy lately, that she has been run down and seeming very tired as well, they could be signs of a heart problem. Anxiety is also a common cause of heart problems. High blood pressure should be managed as soon as possible to help prevent a heart attack.
Heart failure and heart attacks or known as the silent killers and the more attention that you pay to heart health, the more active that your elderly loved one is, the more you can ensure that she lives a long and healthy life. This year, think about heart health when you think about elder care.