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Small Changes Made Today Can Help Lower Senior Stroke Risk

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

Studies carried out by the National Stroke Association show that around 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented, and this includes strokes that happen to those that are over the age of 65. While the idea of a stroke is terrifying for anyone, there are some simple daily steps that can be taken by seniors and their caregivers to lower the risk of a stroke without turning one’s life upside down.

The primary changes suggested by New Hampshire stroke care experts for reducing overall stroke risk include modifications diet and lifestyle. If you provide care for an aging loved one or check-in with them on a regular basis, it is important to take a look at his or her refrigerator and cabinets to ensure that they are filled with fresh produce, whole grains, and lean meats. This is also a good time to identify barriers to a healthy diet, which for seniors can include lack of transportation to the grocery store or physical ailments that make cooking difficult. Identifying such barriers and suggesting solutions can help ensure that your loved one maintains a healthy diet to reduce their risk of stroke.

Exercise is also an important component of reducing stroke risk.  Contrary to popular belief, exercise does not have to be strenuous. Simple steps such as a daily walk, gardening, or performing a few additional household chores per day can help your loved one shed pounds, regulate the metabolism, and lower his or her blood pressure, which lowers overall stroke risk.

Just as important as eating healthy foods and getting in some exercise, is cutting out some of the risky foods and habits that will increase the likelihood of a stroke. Sodas, alcohol, and tobacco should be kept to an absolute minimum or removed from the diet completely. Along with reducing stroke risk, removing these habits from one’s lifestyle can promote overall health and even prevent against other conditions including cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.

Finally, it is important to constantly evaluate your loved one’s health and never skip checkups. This includes consistent testing for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and weight, each of which will affect the likelihood of a stroke in the future.

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