Helping your elderly family member to avoid a stroke may seem like an impossible task, but there are some things you can do that can help to reduce the risk.
Blood Pressure Is Important.
High blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for stroke that your senior could be facing. The reason for this is that there’s already a lot of pressure built up in her circulatory system. This creates damage in blood vessels and weakens them. If those weakened blood vessels are in the brain and they fail, your elderly family member has a stroke. Regularly checking your senior’s blood pressure can help to keep it in check.
Identify Other Circulatory Problems.
In addition to high blood pressure, you need to watch out for other circulatory issues. Any of these can create a situation in which blood vessels, specifically in the brain, are weakened. Once that happens, stroke risk is a big problem. Do what you can to identify any potential circulatory issues so that you and her doctor can address them.
Help Her Quit Smoking.
Smoking might seem like it would only impact your senior’s lungs, but that’s not the case. It also has massive effects on your elderly family member’s heart and entire circulatory system. Most people don’t realize that the circulatory system and the lungs work together closely to keep your elderly family member going. Damaging the lungs damages the circulatory system. Quitting isn’t easy, but once you set up a plan, you can put solutions in place. Senior care providers can help by providing prompts and tools when you’re not able to be there yourself.
Cut Back on Alcohol.
Drinking alcohol in moderation is usually not a problem. But drinking more than is prudent can cause entire systems in your senior’s body to stop working the way that they should. Cutting back on alcohol is a good plan, although that may not be the easiest thing for your senior to do. Just like smoking, she may need to cut back gradually.
Look into Diet and Exercise Modifications.
Talk to your senior’s doctor about whether exercise and modifications to your senior’s diet are the right approach for her to avoid a stroke. Sometimes even small changes can yield big results, so don’t worry that you’re going to be forcing her to make massive changes.
Make sure that you work closely with your senior’s doctor to determine her specific risk factors for stroke. Once you know what to focus on most for your elderly family member, you can start to work on a solid plan for her.