Did you know that heart disease remains the #1 killer of Americans across all demographics? Amidst all that’s going on in the world today, it can be hard to remember to pay attention to our heart health. However, the truth is that many heart diseases are not only treatable but preventable when you make the right lifestyle choices. Read on for some of our top tips for maintaining a healthy heart in your golden years.
Sometimes, even just the thought of exercise can leave you feeling unmotivated, especially as you age and have more difficulty getting about than before. This is especially true for older adults who suffer from joint pains and other mobility limitations. Not to worry, as there are many exercises to suit every level and ability, including low-impact exercises that are gentle on the knees. For instance, you may wish to take up water aerobics, as it puts less stress on the joints than running or jogging.
Watch Your Weight
Carrying around too much weight does no good for anyone. Once you have passed a certain point, weight becomes an important measure of our health and can signal problems that require more of our attention, such as an increased risk of heart diseases. If you are overweight, paying attention to the things you eat and going out of your way to exercise can do wonders.
It’s never too late to make a change, and that doesn’t mean you have to cut out your favorite foods completely. Occasional snacking may not be a problem, but make sure you limit those occasions and maintain a balanced diet all other times. This includes stocking up on fruits and vegetables as well as lean meats and cutting down on your red meat consumption.
Pay Attention to the Numbers
Chances are, at your annual health screening, your doctor will take down a few critical numbers such as your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, oxygen saturation levels, and so on. If you don’t know what these numbers mean, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor, and ask them to let you know if anything looks concerning. Your doctor should also be able to recommend suitable lifestyle changes you can make to get those numbers back to normal and help you live a longer, happier, and healthier life.
We Take Care of Our Residents’ Health at Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg
Concerned that you or your loved one are not getting enough exercise or maintaining a balanced diet while aging in place? Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg is a retirement community in Reading, PA that offers personal care services in a stylish and modern setting. With exclusive lifestyle programs including a bespoke health & wellness program, our residents can benefit from having all the services and amenities they need right at their doorsteps. This includes round-the-clock nursing care, exercise classes, onsite therapy and medical services, and so much more. Besides physical health, we take into consideration every aspect of our residents’ wellbeing, including social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.