When someone has a stroke some of their brain cells die off. A stroke happens because there isn’t enough oxygen getting to their brain. People of any age can have a stroke. However, they are much more common in those aged 65 and older. This is because the risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, and high cholesterol are more common in that age group. Some strokes are minor and the elderly adult could recover fully. However, others can cause permanent disabilities or be fatal.
Now that you know this, you and home care providers can help to lower the risk of stroke in your elderly loved one.
One of the ways to lower the risk of a stroke in elderly adults is to make sure they are eating better. It is important that you, or whoever does their grocery shopping, buy them healthy foods. Having a balanced diet can greatly reduce the risk of having a stroke. Some of the foods they should be eating include whole grains, nuts, beans, low-fat proteins, vegetables, and fruits. Reducing your loved one’s intake of sodium can also help them to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Is your elderly loved one a bit overweight? Maybe they are even obese. It is important to know that those who are overweight or obese have a much higher chance of having a stroke. However, those who maintain a healthier weight can lower their chances of having a stroke. If your elderly loved one needs to lose their weight, talk to their doctor to see what weight loss program, exercises, or diet they recommend.
Another way to lower your elderly loved one’s risk of having a stroke is to make sure they quit smoking. Smokers have two times as high of a chance of having a stroke than those who don’t smoke. There are many tips, resources, products, and programs that can help your elderly loved one to quit smoking. It might be difficult at first. However, once they get past their cravings, they can benefit greatly from quitting smoking.
Your elderly loved one can also reduce their risk of having a stroke by keeping active. Living a sedentary lifestyle is bound to cause a host of health issues including the increased risk of having a stroke. As long as you can get your elderly loved one up and moving multiple times a day, they can reduce their risk of having a stroke.
These are some of the tips for elderly adults to lower their risk of having a stroke. If you or their home care provider help your loved one with these things, you could potentially be helping to save their life.