Senior Living – Good for Your Heart
By Lu-Anne Brannum
Healthcare Administrator
Wesley Willows Corporation

Coronary artery disease is a major threat to health. While heart disease risks increase with age, there are other risk factors that you can control. The right lifestyle habits and a heart-healthy diet can help protect you. Keeping your heart healthy does take effort — changes in everyday habits, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and increasing your activity level.  Here are some things we can do to protect our hearts.

Manage Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Approximately 1 in 3 US adults have high blood pressure.

It’s recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. The more active you are, the better.

Quit smoking
If you do smoke, it’s time to quit. Even those who have smoked for years can see significant improvements in their health by quitting.

Eat a heart-healthy diet
Load up on fruits and vegetables while limiting saturated fats, salt, and fatty meats.

Control Cholesterol
Raising HDL and lowering LDL cholesterol numbers can be done through lifestyle changes , but if that is not enough, your doctor may look at prescribing medications.

Watch your weight
Those few extra pounds can add up to increased heart disease risk.

Many of our residents have learned that living in a Senior community can make living a heart healthy lifestyle easier to maintain. Wesley Willows communities have a focus on wellness. For example, we offer a variety of group exercise programs lead by one of our four on staff fitness professionals, along with fitness equipment to make exercise fun and convenient.

We offer freshly prepared meals every day using good quality ingredients – lean meats and poultry, fruits and vegetables.  It’s never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle.

Living in a senior community can be good for your heart.