February is American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease and focus on heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, making heart-healthy choices, having regular check-ups, and working with your physician to manage your health are all ways that can help prevent heart disease.
In the U.S., the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease. Essentially, plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries which causes them to narrow over time. This affects the blood flow to the heart and can lead to a heart attack. According to the CDC, key risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking. Other conditions or behaviors that may affect the risk for heart disease include diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, and an unhealthy diet.
A healthy lifestyle goes a long way to preventing heart disease:
Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. Consider incorporating physical activity such as walking or cycling for 30 minutes a day into your routine. You could even break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks over the course of a day.
Manage conditions. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other conditions such as diabetes, it is important that you work with your health care team to manage these conditions.
Eat healthy. An unhealthy diet high in sodium can put you at risk for high blood pressure. A diet high in saturated fat can contribute to high cholesterol. Both increase the risk for heart disease. Good nutrition counts. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are among the healthy food choices recommended.
Did you know? Old Colony Elder Services’ (OCES) Nutrition Program provides older adults with nutritionally sound and satisfying meals. OCES' Community Dining sites provide hot, nutritious meals to adults age 60+. Meals are planned by a nutritionist and meet one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowance for major nutrients. The meals do not include high sodium foods and no salt is added. Older adults who are unable to attend a Community Dining site, or who are unable to prepare nutritious meals at home may benefit from receiving home- delivered meals through Meals on Wheels (MOW). These meals are also planned by a Registered Dietitian. Therapeutic meals are available including chopped, ground, pureed, renal, low lactose and cardiac types for individuals requiring special diets.
Another lifestyle change that can help you control your heart health? If you smoke, programs are available to help you quit.
Even making small changes in your habits can make a difference. For example, starting out small with 10 minutes a day of physical activity. It is never too late to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/
American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/what-is-cardiovascular- disease/coronary-artery-disease
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. For some, it can be a time of reflection of “days gone by”, which can bring about feelings of loneliness or sadness. Older adults and individuals who are grieving may be particularly vulnerable to these feelings. The holidays may become overwhelming. As a result, some may withdraw and avoid social interaction. Although avoidance is the path of least resistance, it’s important to maintain social connections.
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has kicked off a #GivingTuesday campaign to support the expansion of the agency’s behavioral health services.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a time to recognize and honor family caregivers – spouses, partners, adult children caring for parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbors - who step up to support their loved ones in countless ways.
Colleen Berroa, a resident of Brockton, MA, has been appointed Human Resources Manager at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns. OCES has offices in Brockton and Plymouth.
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, a time to celebrate diversity and inclusion. According to National Today Global Diversity Awareness Month FAQS, it “is a reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole.”
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency with offices in Brockton and Plymouth and proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, has been honored as one of Cape & Plymouth Business Media 2023 Best Places to Work.
HANOVER AND PLYMOUTH, MA... Support a good cause with a day of fun at Starland in Hanover! Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) will host a fundraiser on September 17, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. at Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park at 637 Washington Street in Hanover.
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. OCES to hold Virtual Falls Prevention Presentations on September 13th
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… September is Falls Prevention Awareness month. Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a nonprofit agency that supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living, is offering two free virtual Falls Prevention presentations on September 13, 2023.
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… Do you struggle with Hoarding Disorder or excessive clutter? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, is offering a Buried in Treasures free in-person workshop series to offer support for individuals with hoarding tendencies.