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What’s the Best Way to Manage High Cholesterol?

If your aging relative has high cholesterol, they are at a higher risk for heart attack and heart disease. When someone is diagnosed with high cholesterol, the doctor may first suggest lifestyle changes before prescribing cholesterol lowering medications. Or, they may suggest the changes in addition to taking a prescription drug. Wondering how you can help your loved one manage high cholesterol? Here are some tips.

Elderly Care in Cotati CA: Managing High Cholesterol

Elderly Care in Cotati CA: Managing High Cholesterol

Choose a Heart Healthy Diet.

The American Heart Association says that the best dietary change for lowering cholesterol is to consume less saturated fat and trans fat. The Mayo Clinic even suggests banning trans fats altogether. Other dietary changes that can boost heart health and lower cholesterol are:

  • Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, walnuts, and almonds.
  • Add more soluble fiber, such as that found in vegetables, oats, oat bran, fruits, and lentils.
  • Add more spice to foods. Some spices, including cinnamon, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and curcumin, can help reduce bad cholesterol.

Reduce Body Weight.

Losing even a small amount of weight could help the older adult to lower their bad cholesterol. A loss of as little as 5 percent of body weight can bring levels down. The good news is that many of the other lifestyle changes for lowering cholesterol also contribute to weight loss.

Be More Active.

Being inactive lowers good cholesterol levels. Good cholesterol aids in removing bad cholesterol from the body, so raising good cholesterol levels is desirable. If your older family member hasn’t been active in a while, talk to the doctor before they begin exercising. Then, start slowly and work up to longer and more intense periods of exercise.

Stop Smoking and Drink Alcohol in Moderation.

Smoking makes good cholesterol levels go down. It also increases the risk of heart disease. The Mayo Clinic says that within one year of stopping smoking, a person’s risk for heart disease goes down to half the risk a smoker has.

As for drinking alcohol, if the older adult enjoys drinking in moderation, there is some evidence that it could raise good cholesterol levels. However, if they don’t drink already, the Mayo Clinic says the benefits aren’t enough for them to start. Moderate drinking for people over the age of 65 is defined as one drink per day.

Elderly care providers can help older adults with high cholesterol to make healthy lifestyle changes. They can assist with planning and preparing heart healthy meals. Elderly care providers can also help seniors to lose weight by encouraging them in their weight loss goals and supporting their efforts. To help the older adult to become more active, an elderly care provider can go for walks with them or engage them in other physical activities.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Cotati, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003




Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.