It can be scary to know that your loved ones are increasingly susceptible to getting a stroke as they enter their golden years. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off, and this is usually caused by a blocked artery or by a blood vessel that has burst. Although genetics and one’s health history are major risk factors for stroke, many lifestyle choices that our loved ones make can also increase their risk of stroke. Not many people are aware that they can help their loved ones make positive changes to their lives, which can then prevent a stroke. Empower yourself with knowledge so that you can help your parents or loved ones live happier, healthier lives.
Minimize Lifestyle Risk Factors
The first step to minimizing your loved ones’ lifestyle risk factors is to be aware of them. Excessive alcohol intake can lead to high blood pressure. It can also cause liver damage, which prevents the liver from producing blood clotting substances, and increases the risk of getting a stroke that is caused by bleeding in the brain. Smoking also increases the risk of stroke as it increases blood pressure and reduces blood flow to the brain, thereby cutting off your brain’s oxygen supply. If your loved ones are regular smokers or drinkers, perhaps it’s time for them to quit these unhealthy habits.
Exercising regularly can reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of getting a stroke. Many older adults lead active lifestyles by joining exercise groups that interest them, such as water aerobics, fitness classes, and going to the gym. Harvard Health suggests breaking up the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise into 10-15 minute sessions for your loved ones if they are not used to exercising or have low stamina.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity is also a risk factor for stroke. Hence, if your loved ones have an unhealthy body weight, it is all the more important to make sure they get in some exercise every day to keep the risk of stroke at bay.
Stay Physically Active and Healthy at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf
Other than exercising, being actively involved in meaningful and fun activities at a retirement community can help our loved ones to stay physically active and mentally sharp. The Celebrations Activities and Events program at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf offers residents a plethora of interesting activities such as painting, dancing classes, games of chess that require strategic thinking, exciting social events, and more! With so many activities they can participate in, your loved ones will be spoiled for choice. Being a part of a retirement community can also give your loved ones the chance to socialize with people of the same age group.
Eating well is no secret to a healthy body. If your loved ones think that healthier meals are nutritious foods that are not tasty, our team members will be happy to prove them wrong. Our Sensations Dining program can change your loved ones’ perceptions about healthy living for seniors. At Discovery Village At Sugarloaf, we offer a dine-in restaurant concept with superb cuisine that is specially tailored to the nutritional needs of our community. Our chef uses only the best ingredients and the impeccable dining experience is made complete with cozy lighting and premium tableware. To learn more about our senior living programs in Suwanee, GA, get in touch with us today!