This February is the 57th American Heart Health Month. Each year, organizations and individuals come together to raise awareness about America’s top killer – heart disease.
For those of us at Sagora Senior Living, heart disease and the issues surrounding it are an important topic. More than two-thirds of Americans aged 60-79 have cardiovascular disease, and more than 85 percent of Americans older than 80 battle it. As the number of Americans over 65 grows, so too will the number of Americans with cardiovascular disease.
At Sagora, our associates have put together lifestyle plans for our communities, aimed at increasing heart health and overall wellness. We have programs aimed at decreasing the risk of heart disease and lessening the burden our residents face. Here are some of the ways we do it:
- Diet: Certain foods can affect heart health, as can eating habits. The American Heart Association emphasizes the need to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, two foods that can lower blood pressure and have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association also says to avoid heavily processed foods, added sugars and excess sodium. Instead, focus on eating whole grains, healthy sources of protein and lean cuts of meat. Our chef-prepared meals are not only delicious but are catered to the nutritional needs of our residents. Join us at your local Sagora Senior Living community for a heart-healthy meal and tour!
- Exercise: An active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. Though exercise can be a challenge for some, it is incredibly beneficial. The American Heart Association recommends adults exercise for 150 minutes a week at a moderate level of physical exertion. For some, moderate physical exertion is something as simple as a walk, while others may fulfill this by playing golf or lifting weights. Check out our community Facebook pages for upcoming events and activities. Our teams of Lifestyle Directors plan fun exercise classes and activities to get your body moving!
- Sleep: Did you know that people who sleep less than six hours each night have a 20-percent higher chance of a heart attack? For those over 65, sleep is incredibly important. It can help decrease the risk of a stroke, diabetes and increase memory function. Doctors recommend seven or eight hours of sleep for those over 65. Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool for better sleep. Speak with our Memory Care associates to learn more!
- Laughter: While heart disease is no laughing matter, a good chuckle can reduce some of the root causes of heart disease, namely stress. That’s why it’s important to enjoy yourself and let a good chortle out every now and then. As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine!