February is American Heart Month which promotes awareness for a variety of conditions from strokes to high blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association heart disease is the number one killer among women. “Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.”
Check your blood pressure
Getting into the habit of checking your blood pressure regularly can help lower your risk of heart-related conditions like strokes and heart attacks. The Center for Disease Control explains that “High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important.” You can get your blood pressure checked by your doctor, at your local pharmacy or even check it at home with a blood pressure monitor. For more advice on checking your blood pressure, visit the CDC’s website.
The American Heart Association suggests that you eat a variety of foods including: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and skinless poultry and fish. Avoid red meat, sweets and sugary beverages, and salt as these types of food will raise your blood pressure putting you at risk for serious health conditions like cardiac arrest. The AHA has a check-mark certification for many foods found at your local grocery store. This will help make it easier for you find the foods that are healthy for your heart. Visit their website to learn more about the check mark certification and staying heart healthy when eating out.
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While keeping in mind you physical abilities, getting daily exercise can be fun and enjoyable. Taking a walk can be a great way to unwind. In Bradenton we have many picturesque places for a walk. Put your toes in the sand along the water at Anna Maria Island or explore nature at Robinson Preserve. Another great option is going for a swim. This can be a helpful option for those with bad balance. Relax in the water with the feeling of zero gravity and get your heart active at the same time.
For seniors over 50 years old, a great location to get active is the Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th. Become a member and you can use their gym equipment to stay healthy. They also offer classes like dancing, tai-chi, yoga and more to make working out more fun.
Secure Aging wants you to be healthy by staying active and eating healthy. We can help make life easier by tracking monthly income and expenses, as well as fully advocating for our clients’ well-being and safety. We are here to help make your life easier and keep your loved ones safe.