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ICYMI: Why does blood pressure matter?

What’s your morning routine? Do you always get ready for bed the same way? We often find ourselves stuck on auto-pilot when it comes to daily tasks like maintaining personal hygiene or taking our vitamins and medication.  Have you noticed that you tend to rush through the things that could make a real difference in your general health and well being? We may ignore our blood pressure because it’s invisible. One of the tasks we build into our morning and bedtime routine is to measure our blood pressure. This vital sign can warn you of heart disease, including the likelihood of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. What is blood pressure? When your heart beats, it pumps blood throughout your body to provide it energy and oxygen. As the blood travels through your veins and arteries, it pushes against the sides (walls) of the blood vessels. Blood pressure is the force and the rate of the blood travelling through the blood vessels. Taking note of your blood pressure can help your doctor diagnose blocked arteries, hardened artery walls, irregular heart rate, and various other heart diseases. The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation website is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand heart disease. Learn more about heart disease here. It can be difficult to decipher the meaning of the numbers on the reading, especially when we don’t really understand terms like systolic and diastolic. We like how the American Heart Association illustrates blood pressure readings so they’re easy to understand. Click here to see their chart. Heart Disease You may have been born with a heart condition (congenital),...

ICYMI: fraud prevention for seniors

Fraud is a crime, and it can happen to anyone. Every time we hear a story on the news about a senior citizen who was scammed, it’s upsetting and disappointing. It happens in our community.  Read about it here, here and here.  If someone you love is a senior who is vulnerable to fraud, sitting down with them to talk about preventing this crime is important. As a community, we must strive to prevent fraud because it affects our businesses and the people we care about. What is a scam? A scam is an event or action that involves dishonesty and deceit, and is also called fraud. The person committing the fraud often studies their target to learn how they can be believable.  If they can gain the target’s trust, they are more likely to succeed in getting what they want. Criminals are also aware that most seniors live on a fixed income, and may be tempted to take what seems like a good deal to help pay the bills. The most common scams that target seniors Identity theft False door-to-door sales calls The grandparent/relative scam Email fraud Telephone and bank scams Funeral and cemetery scams Avoid being a target! Remember that potential victims are chosen based on how easy it appears to be to defraud them, as well as how much can be gained. There are some characteristics/circumstances that make seniors especially vulnerable to fraud, so it’s important to minimize your exposure to these situations. Talk to your family and trusted friends; they can help you be safe. Having a plan when faced with any one of the...
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