February is filled with heart-themed decorations for Valentine’s Day, but also provides the annual opportunity to focus on raising awareness around the prevalence and risk factors for heart disease through American Heart Monthand the Go Red for Womenmovement on National Wear Red Day.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Though, education about risk factors, prevention through diet and lifestyle changes, and signs and symptoms has improved the chances of survival of those living with heart disease.... Read more about Understanding Risk Factors Linked to Older Adult Heart Health
As we age, our worlds change: our bodies and physical limitations, our social environments, our families and friends, and even the words others use to describe us transform our identities. These changes can – and often do – take an emotional toll. “Not only the loss of a spouse or children, but also an older adult’s own loss in terms of physical health and functionality,” said McLean Hospital Senior Clinical Team Manager Joan Gillis. “Maybe they’re facing not being able to drive again or they can’t live at home any longer. Having to cross names off of a holiday list, where every year the list gets smaller.”... Read more about Aging Gracefully Through Change