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Senior Health: How to Cut the Risk of Stroke

While some risk factors for stroke can’t be controlled – such as age, ethnicity, and family history – there are plenty of lifestyle changes that seniors and older adults can make to decrease the risk for stroke. If you provide home care for an aging parent or loved one or are concerned about the health of an elder family member, read on to learn about some of the things that he or she can do to reduce stroke risk.

  1. Put Down the Cigarettes – By smoking cigarettes, your loved one is contributing to the blockage of the carotid artery, which is the main blood supply to the brain – and a blocked carotid artery is the number one cause of stroke. If your aging loved one smokes, talk with his or her doctor about strategies to quit for good.
  2. Punch Up the Potassium – According to a recent study published in the medical journal Stroke, potassium-rich foods can substantially cut stroke risk, especially in women who have already gone through menopause. For maximum benefit, one should add plenty of potassium-rich foods to the diet, such as white and sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, white beans and bananas.
  3. Take a Walk – Another recent study published in Stroke touted the benefits of a daily walk in cutting stroke risk, especially for men. While it’s long been known that exercising and maintaining a healthy weight greatly reduces the risk for stroke, this research indicates that even walking for just an hour each day can help prevent stroke. Encourage your loved one to walk by accompanying them or enlisting the help of a professional hourly caregiver in Boca Raton who can walk with him or her and provide companionship, while ensuring safety.
  4. Avoid Processed Meats – While a healthy diet is key for stroke prevention, there are some foods that are especially detrimental to a senior’s risk for having a stroke. Chief in this category is processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, sausage, and cold cuts. Consuming these foods regularly can increase stroke risk as much as 23 percent. This even includes traditionally “healthy” lunchmeats such as chicken and turkey.

While these are key ways to cut your stroke risk quickly, most healthy lifestyle changes carry some cardiovascular benefit as well.  If you have an aging parent or loved one who has recently experienced a stroke, following the above suggestions are of the utmost importance in reducing stroke recurrence.

To learn more about senior stroke care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton today. We proudly provide hourly and live-in stroke home care in Boca Raton and have a team of highly trained and compassionate caregivers who are available 24/7. Request free information or a complimentary, no-obligation consultation by calling a Care Manager at 561-826-9282 today.