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Reducing the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Studies show that there is a high incidence of cardiovascular disease in older people. In fact, 35% of elderly people aged 65 to 74 and 59% of those aged 75 to 84 have cardiovascular disease. Taking a few preventative steps can lead to a more active and independent lifestyle later in life.

A recent published study in the international journal, Circulation, confirmed that taking more daily steps was associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease in older people.

Additional positive effects of physical activity include the following:

  • More prolonged independence.
  • Higher self-esteem.
  • A better quality of life.
  • Realising joy in everyday moments.

More good news: no additional gym equipment is required, just a comfortable pair of shoes.

How can older people count steps?

Today, more older people than ever are adopting technology and smartphones. The Health app and Fitness app on Apple iPhones and the Google Fit app on Android phones are examples of pedometers already integrated into your smartphone. However, you don’t need technology to count steps, the old fashion way works too, and it’s easy; remember, 1 kilometre equals around 1,400 steps when strolling.

Creative ways for older people to incorporate steps into each day

  • Take the dog for a light walk twice a day, or volunteer to walk a neighbour’s dog if you don’t have one and are able
  • An older person can create or join a neighborhood walking group
  • A walk to the shops instead of driving and picking up something special for dinner
  • Meet a friend for a cup of coffee, but walk to the destination
  • A walking tour of the neighbourhood with a friend or loved one
  • Give up the newspaper delivery and take a walk to the corner shop daily to pick it up
  • Meet a friend for a movie and take a walk together afterwards
  • Go to the beach and take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the day
  • Invite the grandkids over and take a walk together
  • Schedule walks onto the calendar, making it a habit and something to look forward to
  • When talking to a friend on the phone, suggest continuing the conversation in person and on a walk
  • Take a walk while talking on the phone and catching up with friends and family. 
  • Get to know the neighbourhood and walk a different way each day
  • Create a playlist of favourite songs to listen to while walking
  • Download an audiobook and listen while enjoying a walk

Comfort Keepers Can Help

Caring for others and ourselves can take a lot of thought and preparation as we age. Our Comfort Keepers can help encourage older people to meet activity guidelines, recommend ways to add more physical activity to their day, and can help to motivate an older person to stay active. Our trained Home Support Workers can provide transportation to a local park, a trail, or greenways to enjoy a walk together. Carers can drive clients to scheduled doctor appointments, provide mobility assistance, meal preparation, and help with activities of daily living.

We believe in Elevating the Human Spirit by providing our clients with practical assistance and daily moments of joy.  By giving equal parts compassion, attention, and comfort, our goal is to help older people feel independent again while promoting good health to enjoy their days.

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