When you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of heart disease, the mind quickly goes to remedies of adding in a walk every day to make sure you get the exercise you need to be fit and altering your diet to eliminate excess saturated fat and incorporate more leafy greens and whole grains. But there may be an important risk factor you haven’t even considered: Stress.
Independence — it means something different to everyone. Maybe it’s being entrusted with the family car. Or maybe it’s having that first job and the ability to make your own spending decisions. For an elderly person, however, it becomes something very precious. Not surprisingly, 9 out of 10 people over age 65 want to continue living in their own homes.
“I think it’s almost one of those primal things,” says Mark Sabalauskas, Product Manager at Philips Lifeline. “It’s not something you choose because you want X, Y, or Z. It’s a basic human need.”