If your elderly loved one has recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you know that they are going to need some help in getting those numbers down to safer levels. However, dependent seniors need a good support system of family caregivers, friends, home care providers, doctors and more to assist them in doing what they need to stay healthy and well.
In addition to taking prescription cholesterol medication, aging adults can implement some lifestyle changes to improve their health and maximize the effectiveness of the medicine. Here are 5 ways to lower your aging relative’s cholesterol.
1. Increase the Aging Relative’s Activity Levels
Moderate activity can help raise the good cholesterol that the body needs to stay healthy. Although some seniors may be restricted in the kinds of exercise they can do, there are all kinds of activities for any level. Examples include walks, water aerobics, tai chi, chair aerobics and yoga for seniors. Just 20 minutes three times per week is enough to make a positive change.
2. Eat a Nutritious Diet
Dependent seniors generally rely on home care providers to prepare their meal, so you should coordinate with that person about making heart-healthy food. Ideally, seniors should enjoy meals and snacks that are low in saturated fats and trans fats, and high in whey protein, fruits and vegetables. Maintaining an appropriate weight will go a long way toward lowering cholesterol.
3. Lose Weight
It’s not enough to just change up the diet, because carrying extra pounds can also trigger high cholesterol levels. Elderly adults need to do what they can to move from obese and overweight into a healthy place where the body is at its optimum weight.
4. Stop Smoking
There are plenty of health advantages whenever someone stops smoking, but when it comes to high cholesterol levels, it has a big impact. Smoking raises blood pressure and heart rate and reduces lung function. When someone quits smoking, they lower their risk of heart disease and tart on the right path toward lower cholesterol.
5. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
While a little alcohol is fine, too much can cause higher levels of cholesterol. For seniors, this means one drink per day for men and women over the age of 65. There are other health risks associated with too much alcohol, but where cholesterol is concerned, it contributes to high blood pressure and heart failure.
Elderly adults cannot implement such drastic lifestyle changes on their own. Instead, they need the help of their family caregivers, home care providers and friends. Once they have the support they need, it won’t be long before their doctor will be able to see the positive effects of all the efforts going in to lowering their cholesterol.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.