Congestive heart failure is one of the leading causes of mortality for elderly patients in the U.S., with an absolute mortality rate of over 50% in the 5 years after diagnosis. This complex syndrome results from cardiac disorders that are either structural or functional and reduces the ability of the heart to eject blood or fill completely with blood.
Certain chronic conditions can cause high blood pressure, like kidney disease and diabetes. What you put into your body in terms of nutrition and chemicals (from smoking) can also contribute to a high number.
A Forbes article summarizes the benefits of volunteering, including feeling like you have more time, gaining valuable life and work experience, and increased happiness through empathy, social bonds, and love.
Home health aides provide a myriad of services, allowing your loved one to age in place or recover safely at home after an injury, illness, hospitalization, or surgery.