As our family members age, it gets more important to work on heart-healthy habits. People who are ages 65 years of age and older are more likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke, or suffer from coronary heart disease. According to the National Institute on Aging, heart disease is a major cause of disability for millions of older people, limiting their activity and eroding their quality of life.
How do we Manage Heart Health & Aging?
Reduce Stress: The COVID-19 pandemic was a stressful time for people of all ages, but especially our elderly loved ones. At Twin Town Villa, we worked hard to help our residents manage stress and see their loved ones, if even through Facetime or window visits. It is important to manage stress for your heart and overall health.
Manage Weight: A healthy diet that is low in calories with fruits and vegetables will help to maintain a healthy weight and minimize obesity. Simple things like limiting portion size make a difference. Seniors should get at least 5 servings a day of colorful fruits and veggies. At Twin Town Villa, our healthy menu plan ensures healthy portions and high-nutrition and delicious meals.
Prioritize Fitness & Activity: Fitness and movement such as walking, yoga, stretching, biking, or anything that gets you up and moving will help your heart stay healthy. The goal is to get moving rather than sitting. At Twin Town Villa, we have several activities planned throughout the day and encourage physical activity for both the body and mind.
Know the Symptoms of Heart Disease (and Talk to Your Doctor): Ask your doctor questions about heart disease, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers. Know if you have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, or cancers. Here are some of the common symptoms of heart disease.
Keep a “Pulse” on Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, and Diabetes: These can be major risks for heart disease. High blood pressure or stiffness in the arteries can increase with age. Pay attention to increased sensitivity to salt, too. This can cause an increase in blood pressure and cause dangerous ankle or foot swelling.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Over time, not getting enough sleep can raise your risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep is simply a pillar to good health and quality of life.
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Our skilled and caring staff is always looking out for the best interest of our residents, from heart health and beyond. If you are looking for a place to call home for your parent or loved one, please reach out to us at Twin Town Villa. You can contact us online or call 218.643.9542 to request a tour.