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Elder Care Stroke Prevention Tips

Feb 15, 2017 by Diane Genovese

In the senior community, one of the most common, and most devastating health scares that elderly adults have to face are strokes. The older seniors get, the higher their risk of having a stroke becomes, and many times they happen so quickly, the entire family is caught off guard. There is nothing you can do to completely prevent a stroke from happening or to tell when a stroke is about to hit, but there are some elder care tips you can consider to help lessen your loved one’s chances of suffering from a stroke.

The more you know about proper stroke prevention and about helping seniors stay safe and healthy well into their golden years, the less likely they will suffer from a serious stroke. Keep these elder care tips in mind as you look after your senior loved one, as they may just be the key to saving their life.

  • Seniors should maintain a healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats
  • Seniors should take multi-vitamins and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Seniors should maintain a healthy weight
  • Seniors should exercise every day for at least 30 minutes
  • Seniors should try to avoid rapid periods of weight loss or weight gain
  • Seniors should manage their high blood pressure
  • Seniors with high cholesterol should visit their doctor for treatment or medication
  • Seniors should be getting plenty of sleep every night
  • Seniors with stress and anxiety should be managing their stress appropriately

Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and an unhealthy lifestyle can all greatly increase a senior’s chances of having a stroke. However, the more you can do to help your loved one take care of themselves, the less likely it is that they will have an unexpected issue. Strokes are very serious and can cause permanent damage, hospitalization or even death in seniors. This is why these elder care tips on stroke prevention are so important for all caregivers, family members and loved ones of aging senior adults.

Remember, if you feel a loved one may need medical help in relation to a stroke you need to think FAST: Face drooping, Arms weak/numb, Speech impaired, Time to call for help!

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