Posted by: Bert Copple | February 14, 2011

February is American Heart Month

When Cupid takes aim at hearts in February, so does the American Heart Association. With American Heart Month, the association urges us to target our tickers by battling the nation’s No. 1 killer: cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.

February also is an ideal time to focus on heart health because, as one of the coldest months in some regions, it can be dangerous for seniors. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia, and the elderly are at special risk for hypothermia, according to the association. The body’s ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature often decreases with age.  In hypothermia, the body’s temperature drops, and the body can’t produce enough energy to keep a person’s internal temperature warm enough. Elderly people seem to be relatively insensitive to moderately cold conditions, meaning they can suffer hypothermia without knowing they’re in danger.

This is the time to be very cautious in the cold, but there are ways for seniors to stay aware and protected through the elements. Home Instead Senior Care’s CAREGivers will not only provide the normal and expected quality service that they are renowned for, but will also keep your loved one safe during the cold winter months. They can encourage seniors to wear layers of clothing and a hat or head scarf to trap heat and protect ears, which are especially prone to frostbite.

They can also help with the physical labors of the winter. Shoveling snow and walking through heavy, wet snow can put extra strain on the heart, especially in those with heart disease. Whether it’s simply bundling them up or making sure they don’t attempt shoveling sidwalks in frigid temperatures, our CAREGivers will keep a watchful eye on seniors during the coldest months.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

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