Natural Tips for Seniors to Maintain Their Blood Pressure

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As we age, high blood pressure or hypertension tends to be a growing concern. Whether you are living on your own or living in a retirement residence in Oakville, it can be overwhelming to think about what lifestyle choices can help support healthy blood pressure.

Do you know what is considered to be a healthy blood pressure level? In general, doctors look for a reading of less than 140/90 in people over the age of 60. If you do get diagnosed with high blood pressure or are concerned about it being a possibility down the road, don’t get discouraged.  There are plenty of things you can do to support a healthy blood pressure and keep things under control.

Supporting a Healthy Blood Pressure

Retirement residences often have in house support allowing residents to be monitored or to learn helpful information on how to support their cardiac health. From learning about heart healthy foods to trying specific exercises, it’s important to be open to solutions that can help.

Queens Avenue Retirement Residence offers senior living in Oakville with a focus on providing a balanced approach that helps take the stress out of health maintenance. Our home-like environment not only makes retirement living more enjoyable, but we work hard to provide an experience for all of our residents that improves their physical and mental wellbeing.

When it comes to managing your blood pressure, give these natural tips a try:

  1. Did you know that regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your blood pressure in check? Just 30 minutes of light exercise a few times a week can do the trick.
  2. Eat more potassium-rich foods as potassium helps rid your body of sodium. Try including more bananas, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, avocados, oranges, salmon, nuts, beans and seeds.
  3. Take natural supplements such as aged garlic extract, fish oil and hibiscus, all of which have been proven to reduce blood pressure and support a healthy heart.
  4. Try meditation or deep breathing. Both of these options can activate the parasympathetic nervous system helping the body relax, slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
  5. Limit your alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol in any quantity may raise your blood pressure so aim for no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

Keep Healthy at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville

Doing what you can to support your health and wellness will go a long way towards staying social and being able to enjoy retirement living. Senior living facilities such as Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville provides the best of both worlds. We support community focused independent living while still assisting our residents in getting the help they need to live a healthy and vibrant life. To find out more about senior living in Oakville, contact us.

Stay Safe, Wash Your Hands!

Queens Avenue Retirement residence has an enviable record of 5+ years of no outbreak!  Hand hygiene is a big part of that record, and below is information on why, when and how to wash your hands for infection control.

Hand hygiene, a very simple action, remains the primary means to reduce Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and the spread of antimicrobial resistant organisms. Global research indicates that improvements in hand hygiene activities could potentially reduce HAI rates by up to 50%.  80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.

When it comes to hands, fingernails and the surrounding areas harbor the most microorganisms.

According to experts, the single most important thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is to wash your hands.

When to Wash Your Hands

You should wash your hands properly and often, especially:

  • after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose
  • before, during and after preparing food
  • after going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  • when your hands are visibly dirty
  • after smoking
  • after handling or patting animals
  • before and after taking care of someone who is sick
  • when you enter and leave a healthcare facility.

HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS

  • Wet your hands and apply the soap.
  • Rub the soap all over your hands. Pay attention to the backs of your hands and fingers, fingernails, fingertips, and the webbing between fingers.
  • Rinse your hands under running water
  • Pat hands dry with a towel or paper towel.

Comparing the Cost of In-Home Care to Retirement Living

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It’s not easy to make a decision about the best living situation for seniors as they age. Senior independent living in Oakville offers plenty of benefits, but many people think that remaining at home will be more comfortable and cost less. Whether remaining at home is not possible or you are keen to take advantage of all the excellent options offered by independent senior homes, it is worth taking a closer look at costs to help with the decision making process.

In addition to breaking down the dollars and cents, families need to also consider all factors in order to make the right decision. While numbers are helpful, nutrition, physical activity, social engagement and medical support are factors that need to be considered as well.

Senior Independent Living Is a Great Value

Unfortunately, seniors who live alone can experience social isolation and poor nutrition which can quickly lead to a lower quality of life. Even after arranging in home support for meals, personal care and social support, seniors will still spend a great deal of time alone.

Senior independent living offers opportunities for your loved ones that they might not usually have, and upon closer inspection, families see that it’s a viable option that provides a positive and worry-free environment. However, it can be helpful to look at more detailed outline of costs to understand what both options involve.

Typical Monthly Costs for Seniors at Home:

  • Mortgage or rent
  • Property taxes or condo fees
  • Property or renter’s insurance
  • Groceries
  • Utilities
  • Housekeeping services
  • Daily personal care visits
  • 24-hour emergency call system
  • Grass cutting and/or snow removal
  • Home maintenance

Along with all the costs listed above, it requires someone to manage paying the bills, organizing services such as snow removal, personal care or grocery delivery and maintaining a budget. When all things are considered, many families are surprised to discover that living at home can be more expensive than an independent senior home residence.

Typical Monthly Costs When Living in a Senior Retirement Residence:

  • Monthly rent which includes meals, housekeeping and social activities, and which also can include assisted living services.

Obviously, the location and the specific retirement residence you select will influence the cost, but no one can argue that it offers financial simplicity. Seniors benefit from living with a community that feels like family while not having to stress over managing daily tasks that come with living at home alone. In addition, stressful extra costs like home maintenance and repair will no longer be a concern.

Find Quality Senior Independent Living at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville

Queens Avenue Retirement Residence is so much more than what typical senior home care in Oakville can offer. Our residence provides a worry-free, balanced and healthy lifestyle in a positive community environment. We focus on supporting a passion for life and providing opportunities to learn and grow, no matter your age! We invite you to contact us and request an information package or book a personal tour of our retirement residence and suites.