Our circulatory systems are comprised of our hearts and blood vessels. As we age, we can prevent our hearts from disease by eating and sleeping correctly, not overmedicating and exercising. When we pay attention to these small details, they, in turn, keep our blood pressure in check and our cholesterol levels maintained. We are at less risk of Type 2 Diabetes since obesity is less of a risk factor. Smoking should never be started and if it has been, should be eliminated – especially as a person ages!
The National Institute of Health recommends the following be adhered to in order to keep our hearts as fit as possible:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet with reduced amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, and control your weight. Follow your health care provider’s recommendations for treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Reduce or stop smoking.
- Exercise may help prevent obesity, and it helps people with diabetes control their blood sugar.
- Exercise may help you maintain your abilities as much as possible and it reduces stress.
- Have regular check-ups for your heart:
- Have your blood pressure checked every year. If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, your blood pressure may need to be monitored more closely.
- If your cholesterol level is normal, have it rechecked every 5 years. If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, your cholesterol may need to be monitored more closely.
- Moderate exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your heart, and the rest of your body, healthy. Consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program. Exercise moderately and within your capabilities, but do it regularly.
- People who exercise usually have less body fat and smoke less than people who do not exercise. They also tend to have fewer blood pressure problems and less heart disease.
As caregivers, we can encourage exercise, participate in exercise, plan well-thought out meals and allow our clients the rest that they deserve. In order to keep their mental and emotional status up-to-date, we need to be ever-present in the moments of our clients, listening and caring. When we do all of this, we are meeting the rigorous demands of a caregiver and displaying the fact that With Age Comes Respect.