Heart Month, which the U.S. has marked every February since the 1960s, is a great time for reminders about healthy diet, regular exercise routine, frequent doctor visits and sticking to medication guidelines. But following that advice can be one of the greatest challenges to heart health, especially among people over 65 living independently. Some of the most common factors that affect seniors’ healthy practices aren’t due to a lack of awareness, but the ability to follow through on them. For example, it’s one thing to tell an older loved one that doctor visits are important, but traveling to the doctor’s office on unfamiliar streets or in inclement weather can be a serious obstacle for older people. Scheduling, rescheduling and understanding clearly the advice of medical professionals are additional challenges. If the appointment results in a prescription or a referral to another professional, that requires another trip. Then there is the challenge of managing prescriptions; seniors who have multiple prescriptions can become confused about the timing and dosage of each one. Supporting the health, safety and security of our loved ones is our primary role as Caregivers, whether as family members or professionals. That requires assisting them in adhering to the practices and treatments recommended by their medical providers.