Stroke Prevention Tips for Seniors

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Posted: 1/29/2018 9:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

Stroke Prevention Tips for Seniors

A stroke is a traumatic event that can happen to anyone at any time. A stroke occurs because there is a lack of blood flow to the brain. The brain cells are deprived of oxygen causing the cells to die, which has negative effects on the body and mind. Depending on how severe the stroke (how much brain damage is done) will determine how much the person is physically and mentally affected.

However, strokes can be highly preventable in most people. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that 8 out of 10 strokes can be prevented. Knowing as much as possible about strokes is the first step in preventing them.

Stroke Prevention Tips

Whether your loved one is able to prevent their chances of developing a stroke or not, there are several things that can be done to help lower their risk. Not to mention prevent future health problems from occurring. Here are some things your parent should consider doing for their health.

Eat a Healthy Diet - A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, lean protein, and fiber will keep your loved one’s body running smoothly.

Exercise More - Daily exercise will not only help the elder prevent their risk of stroke, but will also help them maintain a healthy weight.

Control Cholesterol and Blood Pressure - If the senior’s cholesterol and blood pressure are too high, they are at risk for a wide range of medical conditions, including stroke. With medication, a healthy diet, and exercise they can keep their numbers at a healthy level.

Avoid bad habits - If the elder smokes, now is a great time to stop. Their doctor may be able to suggest a program that will help them successful kick the habit. They should also drink in moderation.

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