We all want to be healthy now and stay healthy as we age. As caregivers of aging parents, grandparents and other family members, we can support a healthy lifestyle that can improve their health especially when faced with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. These chronic diseases have no cure, only treatment, when they are present and prevention to keep them from occurring.
We can start the year off with a bang by creating a lifestyle with healthy choices and habits for the ones we care for as well as ourselves so we can be better caregivers.
There are many risk factors for developing chronic diseases. To reduce the risks associated with chronic diseases, we have the power to make lifestyle changes.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
- Family History
Controllable Risk Factors
- Physical Activity
- Blood Pressure
Resolving for Better Health in the New Year
- Stop smoking
- Talk to your doctor about medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol
- Get moving! Participate in some physical activity every day
- Keep track of blood pressure and keep it in range
- Eat right-eat a variety of fresh foods, limit fried foods, include whole grains, substitute unsaturated fats for saturated fats, include fruits and vegetables each meal, drink plenty of water
- Check your cholesterol and do what is needed to get in under 200
- Get your blood sugar tested and follow a treatment plan to keep your numbers in control
- Lose weight and keep it off
- Cope with what’s bothering you and reduce your stress, smile!
We wish you and your loved ones a HEALTHY New Year! Stay on track with your lifestyle changes to be the best you can be as you age!
We welcome your stories of success so we can share your good news with others and help them along their path!