February is Healthy Heart Month – a time to raise awareness for ways to improve your heart health! According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. The good news is that heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
Here are some important tips to help keep your heart as healthy as possible.
- Manage Your Diet – make sure your diet is made up of the right kinds of foods. According to the Mayo Clinic, maintaining a diet rich in natural, fresh fruits and vegetables Other foods like whole grain pasta or bread are also helpful. Fat found in nuts, eggs or olive oil are good alternatives to saturated fats found in foods such as butter and bacon.
- Get Regular Exercise – The Center for Disease Control reports that risk factors for developing heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While all of these can be improved through diet, the most important way to keep excess weight off is to get regular exercise. Seniors should try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day – and one of the easiest ways to get this is by walking. In addition to being beneficial for the heart, regular exercise can help improve balance and flexibility. Seniors need to be sure to talk to their doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
- Lower Stress – lowering stress is an important step in minimizing heart disease. While it would be best to simply avoid stress, sometimes that is easier said than done. For those who need help lowering stress, activities such as yoga, tai chi or simply walking can help reduce stress in the body. You can take up a new hobby such as painting or coloring or simply grab a few friends for a friendly game of cards.
- Maintain Regular Check-Ups – be sure to visit your doctor on a regular basis to keep check of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If you’re taking medication to manage any of these issues, be sure to take them as directed.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep – sleep is the time when your body restores itself. When you’re asleep your heart rate and blood pressure go down which helps give your heart a much-needed rest. Ideally you should get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night.
We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mrs. Ruth Howell, who was recently honored as The Meadows’ resident of the month. In addition to this special recognition, Mrs. Howell also has the distinguished honor of being one of three centenarians currently living at The Meadows and one of only approximately 50,000 living in the United States!
Ruth was born August 13, 1914 in Montgomery, Alabama to the parents of Henry H. and Minnie Lee Rae. She had three siblings – a sister Edith and two brothers, Fred and Henry. Ruth met her husband Daniel, an Administrator in the Air Force, on a blind date. They married in 1941 and had two daughters, Jane and Barbara. Ruth worked as a clerk in the House of Representatives while in Montgomery. The Howell family lived in Germany, England and Washington, DC while her husband worked at the Pentagon.
Ruth has experienced a lot of change in her 101 years. She remembers traveling by horse & buggy, then railroad, car and eventually airplane. She recalls watching men walk on the moon from the television in her home and is amazed at the advancements in technology she has seen – including the computer and cell phones.
20 years ago, to the delight of her daughters, she moved north to Nashville to be closer to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – purchasing a home in our very own Harpeth Meadows Independent Living Community. Ruth recently sold her home in Harpeth Meadows and moved into The Meadows where she enjoys spending time with her friends.
When asked what the one thing she is most proud of in her life, Ruth said “taking care of her mother after her father’s death” – a testament to a warm and caring lady. Ruth Howell is a true gem and we’re proud to honor her as our resident of the month.
February is considered the month of love, celebrated on Valentine’s Day by people around the world with cards, candy, and roses. Many of us area already planning the perfect way to show our spouses, children and friends how much we love and care about them. As we make plans, let us not forget about the greatest love of all – the love of God! Candy will be eaten and flowers will die but the love we have for one another and the love God has for us is everlasting and will never pass away.
Let us remember to celebrate his love all the year through!
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Isaiah 54:10 – Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
1 Corinthians 13 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.
Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
February is going to be a very busy month at The Meadows and Heartland. The events calendar is filled with birthday lunches, Valentine’s Day Celebrations and the opportunity for residents to vote for their presidential preference.
February 3 – Presidential Primary Election | Voting at 9:30
February 5 – Ensworth High School “Bridging the Intergenerational Gap”
February 9 – Resident’s Birthday Lunch with families
February 11 – Art Without Boundaries Class | Donna Colellie, Instructor
February 12 – Early Valentine’s Day Celebration | Crowning of 2016 King & Queen
February 15 – Presidential Day Ceremony
February 21 – Belmont University Chorus
February 4 – Presidential Preference and County Primary Election
February 7 – Super Bowl Party
February 9 – Mardi Gras Lunch Celebration
February 15 – Valentine’s Day Luncheon