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Senior Fraud Prevention Workshop April 12

Please join us for an evening of interactive dialogue to learn more about senior targeted scams and ways to identify them before they become harmful to you or your loved one. Experts will provide information and tools to better protect your hard earned assets against common scams.

Reducing Your Kidney Disease Risk

You’ve probably seen people wear red to draw awareness to heart disease, but kidney disease isn’t often the subject of much attention. That’s surprising since one in three Americans are at risk for kidney disease.

Pancake Breakfast | March 6

You are invited to join Exceptional Senior Living as we celebrate National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 6. Our community is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at 6901 Carslaw Court. Let us know how many pancakes to make! RSVP by calling Julie or Deanna at 502.907.3778.

Heart Disease in Women: Heart Disease No Longer A “Man’s Disease”

Cancer has been called the “most feared diagnosis.” However, many women don’t realize that heart disease is actually the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Heart disease was once called a “man’s disease,” but one in four female deaths in this country are from heart disease, making it an equal opportunity disease.
Even more concerning is that almost 64% of women who die suddenly of heart attack had no previous symptoms according to the Center for Disease Control, giving heart disease the name “the silent killer.” This means you could be at risk even though you show no symptoms. 
What to Watch For
Women experience symptoms that are often very different from the symptoms common in men. Some women report dull chest pain or a sharp, burning sensation. Women experience pain in the neck, jaw, throat, or back much more frequently than men. However, many women don’t have any pain typically associated with heart attack, but may notice shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of feet, ankles, or legs, confusion, dizziness, or numbness in face, arms, or legs. If you notice any of these conditions, don’t wait! Seek medical attention immediately. This could be the only warning sign you experience.
Risk Factors & What You Can Do Now
As women age, the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, angina, and arrhythmias goes up; however, women of all ages should be concerned and practice prevention now. While women may experience symptoms that are very different than in men, the risk factors are very much the same.
  • High blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and keep it controlled through diet and medication if necessary.
  • High LDL cholesterol. Know your numbers and control bad cholesterol through diet and medication if necessary.
  • Smoking. Stop smoking! This one lifestyle change will benefit your heart, lungs, circulatory system, and reduce risk of some cancers.
  • Diabetes. Be tested for diabetes. Control your weight and follow a healthy diet.
  • Obesity. Obesity is a contributing factor in a number of health issues and diseases and makes controlling blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol more difficult.
    Physical inactivity. The more you move, the better you will feel. Exercise can help circulation, heart, lungs, and joints.
  • Overuse of alcohol. Limit alcohol to one drink per day.
  • Poor diet. A diet high in fats and sugars contributes to a wide range of physical conditions. Challenge yourself to make one dietary change per week. This might be to reduce the number of soft drinks you have in a week, to reduce the amount of sugar in your coffee, to add a fruit or vegetable to each meal, or reduce the amount of red meat you eat. Small changes add up!
  • Sleep. Do you know that sleep is good for your heart? Poor sleep patterns have been linked to increased blood pressure and trouble losing weight. Try to get six to eight hours of sleep per night.
If you find that you have several of the above risk factors, take heart! There are many changes you can make right away that can begin to lower your risk of heart disease. See your doctor to access your risk and get started on any medications that may be necessary. Be intentional about the foods you put on your plate and get moving toward a heart-healthy lifestyle!  

Choosing a Pet-Friendly Senior Community

Pet-friendly senior living communities encourage residents to bring their furry companion when they move to an assisted living, independent living, or personal care community because of the health benefits universally recognized when caring for a pet. However, considering bringing a pet is a big choice and must be viewed in light of the responsibility and maintenance needed to care for the pet properly.

Glaucoma: The Silent Disease

Changes in vision may be a normal part of aging, but loss of vision from glaucoma doesn’t have to be. Early diagnosis and treatment for glaucoma, the "silent disease" can delay progression of the disease and protect your vision.

Christmas Open House: Dec. 20

You are welcome to join the staff of Exceptional Senior Living on December 20 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for a Holiday Open House event! Stop in to tour our community and enjoy a dessert bar complete with a chocolate fountain, cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, and more.How much chocolate should we have?