Regular exercise, a healthy diet, check-ups, blood pressure monitoring, getting enough sleep, and other preventative measures are all important for leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. Although it may seem simple enough, many of those in their golden years find it difficult to implement these habits in their own lives.
If you find it challenging to partake in activities that promote heart health, we have good news: many retirement communities support residents in ways that they might not be able to on their own in adhering to heart-healthy guidelines.
Read on to learn more about four ways in which senior living in Metairie, LA, encourages a heart-healthy way of life.
Regular Exercise Programs for Residents
The risk of heart disease can be significantly lowered by engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. The majority of retirement communities offer their residents weekly or even daily exercise programs.
At SummerHouse Vista Shores, our Dimensions health and wellness program is designed to assist all residents in achieving optimal health and well-being. Instead of forcing workout activities on you, our professional team will take a multi-dimensional approach to encourage residents to join in on workout sessions and classes.
You can choose to sign up for yoga classes or even opt for specially-curated training and guidance by a professional trainer. The activities are put in place for you to achieve not just heart health, but overall fitness.
Scheduled Health Checks
According to a Commonwealth Fund study, on average, Americans visit the doctor four times a year. That is significantly less than in other developed countries.
While this might be adequate for a healthy adult, it’s crucial that older adults and other at-risk groups check their blood pressure frequently outside of these visits.
One important advantage of senior living that encourages better heart health is the availability of nursing staff. For those who live in retirement communities, amenities and professionals are available for regular health checks.
For example, senior living ensures access to daily vital sign testing, which means that worrying changes are frequently detected early enough to reverse them and necessitate less invasive treatment.
Regular and Consistent Schedule
It has been well-established that inadequate sleep has a detrimental effect on heart health. Lack of sleep can raise blood pressure because it puts more strain on the heart. On the other end of the spectrum, getting too much sleep has been linked to health problems like an increase in obesity, a risk factor for heart disease.
Daily senior living activities for residents are planned so as to support a healthy sleep cycle; for example, exercise routines are typically earlier in the day, and meals are not served until later in the evening.
Most importantly, there are personnel and healthcare professionals on hand who can assist in tailoring daily schedules to each resident’s unique needs.
Healthy and Nutritious Meals
Retirement communities work to give their residents independence and dietary freedom. The majority of states demand that these communities’ dining services satisfy the dietary preferences of each individual resident.
At SummerHouse Vista Shores, you can get to enjoy nutritious and healthy meals that are specially cooked by professionals. These meals are carefully designed to meet your dietary requirements and are designed for better overall health, and that includes heart health!