As people get older, their risk of having a stroke increases. While age is an uncontrollable stroke variable, other risk factors can be mitigated. For instance, eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly are proven ways to lower stroke risk. If you are the primary caregiver of an elderly loved one, Home Care Assistance Las Vegas strongly encourages you to consider the following guidelines for your senior relative’s diet.
Avoid Excess Salt
Consuming excessive amounts of salt increases blood pressure. High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to a stroke. When preparing your senior loved one’s meals, season dishes with fresh or dried herbs instead of salt. Also, limit your elderly relative’s intake of prepackaged processed foods. Items such as potato chips, crackers, lunch meats, and frozen dinners are loaded with sodium.
Indulge in Plant-Based Foods
Plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grain products are naturally heart healthy. Eating these kinds of foods daily can help decrease your loved one’s chances of having a stroke.
Eat More Fish
Elevated cholesterol levels are a significant risk factor for stroke. Compared to chicken and red meat, fish is relatively low in cholesterol. This nutrient-rich meat is also packed with heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, as are trout, sardines, flounder, and shrimp.
Exercise to Burn Calories
While preparing nutritious food for your loved one is important, ensuring that he or she exercises regularly will also decrease his or her stroke risk. Being overweight or obese drastically increases the odds of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. All of these health concerns raise stroke risk. If possible, try to engage your senior relative in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week. Walking, bicycling, and swimming are all low impact exercises that will be easy on seniors’ joints. If your loved one’s health won’t allow him or her to exercise for 30 minutes at a time, you can break up the workout into 3 ten minute installments.
Help your senior loved one prevent a stroke by taking small steps to clean up his or her nutritional habits. For more information on stroke home care in Las Vegas, call Home Care Assistance at (702) 550-3185. Home Care Assistance thoroughly screens every caregiver before hire, provides ongoing training on the most up-to-date care practices, and never requires a long-term commitment.