Families providing care need to pay close attention to their elderly loved ones’ health to reduce the risk of developing certain conditions, some of which they might even be unfamiliar with. Dyslipidemia is a perfect example of a condition more family caregivers need to be aware of, and it’s also easily preventable if you and your loved one make the right decisions.
Dyslipidemia occurs when the blood contains an abnormal amount of fats known as lipids. The most common lipids measured in the blood include triglycerides, cholesterol, and low-density or high-density lipoproteins. In a person with dyslipidemia, the levels of one or more of these lipids are too high or too low. Excess levels of certain lipids can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Below are some lifestyle changes your loved one can make to prevent the disease.
1. Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet
According to the American Heart Association, a diet focused on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy can lower cholesterol levels. Red meat, sugary foods and beverages, and alcoholic drinks are linked to increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Examples of diets known to lower cholesterol levels include the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as the DASH eating plan.
If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of at-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
2. Exercise More
Physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain balanced lipid levels and prevent cardiovascular disease. As little as 40 minutes of exercise 3 to 4 times a week can lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels. Walking, low-impact aerobics, and dancing are all excellent senior-friendly exercises.
A home caregiver can help your parent exercise in safety and comfort. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Montgomery Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
3. Eat More Fiber
Diets high in soluble fiber have been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels. Seniors should aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and 6 servings of grains a day. A high-fiber, low-fat diet may also provide better blood sugar control, promote a healthier weight, and possibly prevent diverticular disease and colorectal cancer.
4. Consume More Antioxidants
The oxidation of LDL cholesterol and the buildup of plaque on artery walls can lead to atherosclerosis. Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene all have antioxidant properties that can prevent or slow this process. You can increase your loved one’s intake of antioxidants by encouraging him or her to eat more yellow or dark green vegetables and fruits.
In Montgomery, home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy. Call (334) 593-3988 today to speak with a friendly and experienced Care Manager to formulate a home care plan for your loved one.