People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.
Keeping your social networks alive and well may help benefit your ticker over the long term. Social support has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, and people who do have heart attacks fare better if they are socially connected.
Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.
Tips for Seniors Living Alone
- Live healthy-eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep and take prescribed medications.
- Get organized-have fixed locations for essentials like keys, wallet, phone numbers, medications and establish a comfortable schedule for yourself.
- Stay safe-get to know your neighbors, have reliable locks/security systems and use them, check in daily with someone, install a second handrail on stairs.