Need To Lower Your Cholesterol? Follow These Tips

There are two types of cholesterol – the good cholesterol, also known as HDL cholesterol, and the bad cholesterol, known as LDL cholesterol. The bad cholesterol is like a plaque that clogs up your arteries which can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and a heart attack. Good cholesterol, however, can actually act as the opposite by protecting your body from cardiovascular disease.

So, what can you do to lower your bad cholesterol level? Unfortunately, as people age their chances for developing high cholesterol increase. Follow these tips for healthy aging:

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  1. Keep moving! When you stay physically active you help your body eliminate the buildup of bad cholesterol. This translates into 30 minutes of exercise every day, at least five times per week. When you exercise, you actually increase your HDL levels and lose weight, both of which will fight off bad cholesterol.
  2. Consume the right kind of fat. People hear “fat” and they automatically think it is bad for them. But, there are good fats that the body needs and these can be found in things like avocados, soybeans, fish, seeds, and nuts. These are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which have been proven to lower your “bad” cholesterol levels.
  3. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Not only are fruits and vegetables chock full of soluble fibers, they are also low in saturated fat, so you’re doing double work when it comes to reducing your LDL levels.
  4. Eat whole grains. Another stupendous source of fiber (which helps reduce LDL levels), things like wild rice and whole wheat breads instead of white (bleached) rice and refined flour products make a whole lot of sense when trying to reduce your bad cholesterol.
  5. Don’t eat saturated or trans fat products. These fats generally come from animal products (although things like butter, eggs, cheeses, and meats are okay when eaten in moderation), and products that are made by food manufacturers to extend their shelf life (like snacks, and other treats).

Always Best Care has been in the senior care giving industry since 1996. During that time, they have assisted over 25,000 seniors in the United States and Canada with services that fall within the home helper, companion, and personal care categories. Seniors in the Princeton area, who are interested in home care in Princeton NJ or in-home senior care in Middlesex, are encouraged to call the Always Best Care Princeton branch at 609-455-2886 to set up a free consultation. They look forward to hearing from you!

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Driving Safety Tips For Seniors

With a driver’s license, you have freedom, independence, and an incredible feeling that the world is yours. While this is true especially when someone first gets their license, the reality is, as people age, particularly around the age of 65, there are some special considerations to make when operating a vehicle.

As people get older, there are various mental and physical changes that happen that will impair the individual’s ability to drive safely. The first question seniors – or their caregivers – need to ask is, is the senior physically fit to operate a vehicle?

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  • Are they strong enough – driving requires muscular strength in turning the steering wheel, etc.
  • Is their vision impaired – seniors often fight poor vision, be sure that their glasses prescription is updated.
  • Do they have a history of fainting – people with a history of fainting are 2x more likely to cause an accident – and most people that faint are over 70 years old.
  • Does the senior suffer from a heart condition – a heart condition can cause fainting.
  • Does the senior have any memory issues or signs of dementia?
  • Is the senior taking any medications that might give them blurred vision, or cause drowsiness?

Other situations that might cause a senior to take pause and leave the driving to someone else include the time of year or time of day – some seniors are not comfortable driving in wintery, dark or rainy conditions. And the volume of traffic, some seniors might not feel at ease driving with rush hour traffic.

Safety Tips

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Never use your cell phone to text or call (consider installing a blue tooth device that will allow you to make calls by pressing one radio button if you think it’s necessary).
  • Keep the radio at a normal level so you can hear emergency vehicles and car horns.
  • Have your route planned out so you know, in advance, how to get where you are going.

Always Best Care has been a trusted senior care provider for the past 20 years. Assisting over 25,000 seniors during that time, they have built a solid and well-respected reputation. Seniors living in the Princeton area, who are interested in in-home senior care in Princeton or in finding out more about the credentials of their in-home caregivers in Princeton, are invited to call the Always Best Care Princeton location at 609-455-2886 to set up a free care consultation.

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