Heart Health for Seniors


senior heart health

While February is national Heart Health month, we think heart health awareness should be a year-round concern. After all, maintaining your cardiovascular health will enable you to take advantage of all the great opportunities for vibrant senior living that West Palm Beach has to offer.

First, the sobering news: Heart disease is a major threat to every senior living today. It’s the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S., with 84 percent of people age 65 older dying from it annually.

But there are steps you can take to decrease your risks for heart disease. 

CLEAN EATING

clean eating for seniors

For a senior living in West Palm Beach, there are myriad choices, both inside Lourdes Noreen McKeen, and in the surrounding area, for healthful, tasty dining. Whether you cook for yourself or let others handle it for you, a few tips:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables – the brighter colored, the better!
  • Eat plenty of whole grains (this goes for breads, pastas, oatmeal, etc.)
  • Consume flaxseed whenever possible – it’s full of healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which experts believe protects the heart and arteries
  • Eat less artery-clogging meats like steak, hamburgers, bacon and such
  • Have a glass of red wine: It contains a substance called resveratrol that promotes heart health
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with a small amount of dark chocolate (it’s also believed to have heart-healthy properties) 

GET SOME EXERCISE

After checking with your doctor, try to do low-impact activities like swimming, walking, biking and aqua aerobics a few times per week. Heck, just being on your feet and active protects the heart. That means gardening, housecleaning, walking the dog or anything else that keeps you ambulatory. 

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QUIT SMOKING

Perhaps no activity is more detrimental to your heart health than smoking. Giving it up today – and forever! – is imperative. 

STAY EMOTIONALLY POSITIVE

Keeping your emotions positive – be it gratitude for what you’re thankful for or simply sharing laughter with loved ones – helps promote heart health. So does helping out those less fortunate than you, so consider doing volunteer work. Also, be sure to maintain personal connections with others. Of course, the personal connections with staff and fellow residents you’ll share as a senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen will be just another way to maintain positive emotions.

Lourdes Noreen McKeen offers weekly Wellness Lectures, known as “Wellness Wednesdays,” where local physicians discuss heart education and other health-related topics with their residents.

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