Today is National Wear Red Day – a day that kicks off the American Heart Association's 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women national
heart campaign. This splash of red serves as an important reminder that
heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, according to
only that, but it is the leading cause of death for seniors and for
women. In fact, heart disease kills more US women every year than the
top four cancers combined.
This is a pretty startling fact for
family caregivers, who likely are aware of the cardio-care needs of the
senior in their lives but may be neglecting their own heart health.
In fact, last year Caregiverstress.com reported
on Evercare/National Alliance for Caregiving Study of Caregivers — What
They Spend, What They Sacrifice. Of the family caregivers surveyed,
they cited the following statistics: • Heightened stress or anxiety (65 percent); • Difficulty sleeping (49 percent); • Increased financial worries (43 percent); • Depression or hopelessness (37 percent), and • New or worsening health problems (26 percent)
All of these personal health challenges family caregivers tend to face can also be linked to causes of heart disease.
But today, the first day of February, National Heart Month, is a great day to start to do something about it.
you have heart health concerns or not, I invite you to do one simple
thing for your heart every day for the month of February. It could be
tracking your stress level on our Caregiver Stress Meter, swapping out
chips for a heart-healthy snack when you finally get a few minutes to
sit down, or asking a friend, relative or Home Instead CAREGiver to hold
down the fort for a few hours so that you can get some rest, take a
walk, get to the gym or just have some you-time.
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