We watched Glenbrooke being built and knew right away that we would be selling our home to enjoy our retirement here. We have been here since 2003 and we will continue living here. Glenbrooke’s staff is second to none and they have become our family. Our friends that live here at Glenbrooke are also more like family. We enjoy the activities and lifestyle that Glenbrooke offers and truly believe there is not a better place to live out our retirement!
Heart Disease and Seniors Back
Did you know that February is National Heart Month? Now we’re not talking about all the hearts and love that accompanies Valentine’s Day, although that is wonderful! National Heart Month gives the opportunity to increase awareness about heart health, heart disease, and what you can do to better protect yourself and your loved ones from health conditions that affect the heart. Heart health needs to be a priority as we age. According to the American Heart Association, 80% of those who died from heart disease in 2016 were age 65 or older.
What is Heart Disease?
One of several cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease, or simply put, heart disease is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. Heart attacks can occur when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Heart disease is a lifelong condition; once you get it, you will always have it. There are certain procedures such as bypass surgery that can help with blood flow to the heart, but your arteries are forever damaged which increases your chances for a heart attack in the future.
What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?
There are several warning signs of heart disease that usually don’t manifest until you are having a heart attack. These symptoms signal an emergency and may include:
Lightheadedness or feeling weak
Difficulty catching your breath
Feeling nauseous or vomiting
Indigestion or feeling over-full
Pain or uncomfortable pressure in the chest
Unusual pains in the neck, back, or shoulders
An irregular heartbeat
What You Can Do to Keep Your Heart in Great Shape
If you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, there are measures you can take to improve your quality of life as well as reduce risk of further complications. Reducing stressful thinking and situations, eating well, stopping smoking, and increasing your exercise are all things you can begin now to help manage your symptoms. Talk with your doctor regularly and follow their orders concerning medications and lifestyle choices.
If you do not have heart disease, it’s never too late to put in the effort to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Ample exercise, smoking cessation, eating a heart-healthy diet, regularly checking blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lowering alcohol intake, watching your weight, and minimizing stress in your life are all ways in which you can lower your heart disease risk and live a healthier life.
You, your loved ones, your caregivers, and your doctors are all part of the team that can keep you healthy. Age (55 or older) itself is a huge risk factor for heart disease, so take the risk seriously and begin making the needed changes in your life today to keep your heart healthy and happy.
As a widower, I felt extremely lonely and disconnected in my neighborhood and home. My friend introduced me to the idea of retirement living in an independent retirement community. I looked at several in Brevard County, but none had the sense of family or friendliness that Glenbrooke has. I’m here at Glenbrooke to stay!
I waited too long to make the move to Glenbrooke. I visited many times and told several of my friends to move, but couldn't seem to brave it for myself. The staff at Glenbrooke never gave up on me, and even helped to see me through the selling of my home and assisted with all the arrangements to make the move! I now feel that I have regained my zest for life and am proud to say that I have found the person I enjoy spending all my time with. I would have never had such an opportunity staying in my house. I am truly at home here!
My husband and I selected Glenbrooke as our home of choice to enhance our retirement lifestyle, but never thought about what Glenbrooke would offer if either of us passed away. After his passing, our children asked me to move closer to them. Even with my limited vision, I am able to maintain an independent, active, vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. The staff is always available to meet any wants or needs that I may have, and they always do it with a smile and a hug.
Moving to Glenbrooke is the best decision I have ever made. I feel safe, secure and completely at home. My friends and family who come to visit can’t believe that my apartment is so spacious and beautiful! They are always complimenting me on my home and I never get tired of hearing the words “what a nice apartment”. The friends and family I have gained since moving here have definitely helped fill a void in my life, and I have peace of mind everyday knowing I have the freedom to engage as much or as little as I want.
I LOVE Living at Glenbrooke! They truly care about us. We asked for a change to the food and it was done quickly and is delicious. Thank you, Glenbrooke for taking such great care of us and making sure we are happy residents.