Strokes, or cerebrovascular lesions, can be a debilitating and potentially life-threatening problem. Approximately 795,000 people per year suffer from strokes. Of these 795,000, 75% are seniors. This means it is incredibly important for anyone, and especially seniors, to understand how to prevent and treat a stroke from home. Luckily, there are a very simple tricks and tips to treat and prevent a stroke easily and simply from home.

The best prevention for strokes is changing diet. Eliminating sugar, processed foods, refined flour, and other unhealthful foods has a high likelihood of preventing a stroke. It is important to monitor cholesterol levels for seniors because it is a pre warning to whether a stroke may or may not occur. Therefore, it is suggested to have cholesterol levels checked every 3 months to ensure there are no abnormalities present. Supplements also can help to prevent strokes from occurring. Turmeric, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin C all help to regulate the immune system. If you do get a stroke, be prepared to hire some form of home health care as it will be difficult to immediately adjust back to your normal life.

If you have or have had a stroke, you can help to mitigate the chance of a recurring stroke by following a few simple tips and tricks. The first is to ensure that you are always in access of a phone or telecommunication device in case disaster strikes. Always carry a cane or walking device to prevent falls. Stress management is crucial in reducing the likelihood of a stroke reoccurrence or in managing the effects of a stroke. Stress raises cortisol levels and therefore increases the debilitating impacts of a stroke. Never let yourself become too stressed over one issue and always allow yourself time to decompress from life’s stresses. Remember, keeping things in perspective is pivotal towards making a recovery from a stroke.

Exercise is paramount in recovery. It acts to improve a person’s mood and can allow one to decompress from the difficulties of daily life. Yoga is a good activity to perform to increase blood flow for stroke patients. Simply stand up and hold your arms out in front of you with the palms facing down. Then, bend your knees and slowly squat. Reach forward and focus your eyes straight ahead while making sure to breath through your nose.When performing these exercises, make sure you are not overextending yourself. Keep the motions natural and relaxed and focus on keeping a calm body and mind.

You can also perform leg exercises at home that can strengthen the lower part of your body. Balance and coordination are often impaired after a stroke occurs. Always make sure to hold on to something when performing leg exercises at home. After holding on to an object, slowly swing the leg out in a horizontal motion to get full hip extension. Hold the fully stretched out leg for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise a few times. Make sure to use both legs to get a full range of motion. Make sure to also talk to a licensed medical professional about what exercises you can perform at home with your condition.

If you have had a stroke, you understand the difficulties it can cause in daily life, especially for seniors. Luckily, there are ways to manage the condition at home that can allow you to live a happy, healthful life.