Things All Seniors Should Do During American Heart Month (February)

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Pediatric Home Health Care in Bellville, OHIn 2015, President Barack Obama declared February as American Heart Month, continuing the tradition that has been in place since 1964 when February was first declared as American Heart Month.  February is the perfect month to dedicate to spreading awareness of heart health as American’s will be reminded of the heart wherever they go!  With Valentine cards and decorations galore, it will be hard to go anywhere without seeing the image of the heart – a great reminder of how important it is for seniors (and all Americans) to work toward improving their heart health.  The fact is that cardiovascular diseases (which include heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke) are the number 1 killer of Americans, both women and men.  In addition, many Americans have risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and many may not even know it.  This is just one of the many reasons why spreading awareness about cardiovascular diseases is so important for the health of our nation.  So, what can seniors do during this American Heart Month to improve their own heart health and to spread awareness?  Here are just a few ideas:

 

  • Get Blood Pressure Checked

Getting your blood pressure checked is now easier than ever.  It is a routine screening whenever you visit your doctor and you can even get it checked at your local drugstore or pharmacy at your own convenience.  Checking your blood pressure is the first step, and getting high blood pressure under control is the second.  If your blood pressure is high, talk with your doctor about what you can do to get it under control.

 

  • Stop Smoking and Encourage Others to do the Same

Being a smoker is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease among other health problems.  If you’d like to quit smoking, now is the time to seek help and dedicate yourself to heart health.  If you have a loved one who smokes, take the time to share with them your concerns about their heart health.

 

  • Cut Back on Sodium

Americans typically eat a diet that is dangerously high in sodium, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.  Many processed foods that are found on grocery store shelves or that come out of drive-through windows are loaded with excess salt that isn’t good for a healthy heart.  Seniors can make an effort this month to limit their sodium intake by cooking fresh, whole foods at home and avoiding the salt shaker whenever possible.

If you or an aging loved are considering in-home senior care in Bellville OH, contact the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at  419-610-2161.

 

Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.