Summertime means family time, with backyard barbecues, family reunions, fireworks, and weekend getaways. Including your aging parent in summertime travels and celebrations whenever possible can provide some mood-boosting changes of scenery and much-needed social interaction. However, it’s important to plan ahead and take your senior’s individual needs into account.
You need to consider terrain, temperature, length of the celebration and available food ahead of time. Talk with your senior to help avoid surprises and to make sure summer festivities will be fun.
The American Heart Association reports that an estimated 42.2 million Americans over age 60 have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, which are conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. These conditions include coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, congenital heart disease and stroke.