Your grandparents just made a major change in their lives; they moved into an assisted living facility. The coordinator at assisted living encouraged that as new residents, they ought to get physicals to assure that their health, though always monitored, was on target. They’re all set and they don’t need any more monitoring, right? Wrong. What guidance ought you give?

Because they are elderly their blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, diet must be monitored more closely.  Blood sugar? The elderly have a higher chance of developing type II diabetes-indicators of which can be found on routine blood tests.

Cholesterol and blood pressure ought to be monitored yearly; but, if they’re high,  these should be monitored more than once a year. If they are high, there is a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Do your parents eat right? If their diet contains too much salt and the heart is working suboptimally fluid can gather around the ankles. A high salt intake can cause high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. They ought to try not adding salt after cooking or season with spices, not salt!





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