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Love is in the Air for this Issue of Senior Solutions! The Health Benefits of Love… You all may have heard the phrase that “love makes the world go ‘round,” but is it powerful enough to produce health benefits as well? There are many studies focused on married couples and the health benefits of love. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a report which found that in general, married people live longer, are happier, and have fewer doctor’s visits than unmarried folks. In a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that happily married couples had the lowest blood pressure, then followed
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Love and Health Heart Attack Symptoms American Heart Month Chocolate & Decreased Heart Risk A Story of Love
by singles, and unhappy couples came out faring the worst. Studies show evidence of a link between social support and stress management, which in turn, can affect blood pressure.
financial benefits, the children providing care, and the warding off of feelings of isolation. All in all, the many studies demonstrate that in some ways the power of love is certainly beneficial in maintaining a healthy life! www.medicinenet.com/script/ main/art.asp?articlekey=97679 www.washingtonpost.com
One of the most striking findings in the HHSD report is that married couples were inclined to have less doctor visits and shorter hospital stays than single adults. Loving spouses also tended to encourage preventative care and help to reinforce beneficial behaviors such as dental hygiene, exercising, and healthy eating. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey, researchers examined the effect of marriage on longevity, and found that singles were 58% more likely to pass away sooner than married couples. Marriage also may contribute to longer life by the mutual support,
American Heart Month’s Reminder of the Symptoms of a Heart Attack… •
Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint
Chest pain or discomfort
Shortness of breath.
Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
If you think that someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. www.cdc.gov/features/heartm onth/
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A Journey of Love…
Chocolate & the Heart! All you chocolate lovers out there will rejoice at recent research published in the British Medical Journal on the benefits of chocolate. It is true that chocolate is filled with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure, and it has also been found that regular consumption of chocolate was associated with 37% decrease in heart disease risk and 29% decreased risk of stroke! Granted, the excessive consumption of chocolate also contains added sugars and empty calories. Thus, moderation is key! http://www.bmj.com/content/343/ bmj.d4488
“How long have you been married?” I asked the couple I was interviewing before me. “Sixty-three years, and we have known each other for sixty-six,” replied Clara. Neither one could have known back in September of 1948 that the blind double-date they had been set up on would lead to such an incredible journey. Born on a farm in Iowa, Ken joined the Navy, which eventually brought him at the end of his tour to the city of Portland, with a Navy check of a whopping $26. Clara was also raised on a farm in central Oregon and moved to Portland with dreams of finishing her accounting degree. After much convincing, Clara’s coworker had persuaded the two of them to go dancing as their first blind date. “Was it love at first sight?” I asked. “We didn’t like each other!” they both chimed in. “Our dance styles were not adaptable.” Yet they found themselves on another date only a little while later… And by the third date, things just began clicking. Ken described a date when he realized what a catch he had in Clara, when he had brought over the books from his construction business and she could properly fix the payroll and cook mashed potatoes and gravy! And for Clara, she described her growing fondness in this man who “was very loving
and called her everyday. Now, what man can you say would be willing to call a girl every day?” After two years of dating and a simple proposal, Ken and Clara tied the knot on May 27th, 1951. Rather than finishing her degree, Clara dedicated her accounting skills to helping Ken’s newly started construction business. Although they struggled financially in the early years of marriage, their efforts were richly blessed with two children, and eventually two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Their business also began to flourish, which enabled them to build their own house and a beautiful legacy. When asked the secret to sixtythree years of marriage, Ken and Clara replied, “Learn everything about each other and dream together. Be serious about the future, give your heart to God, always hold hands even if it is at home on the couch, and never go to bed mad, but always make up.” It was such an honor to interview our clients, Ken and Clara, and we hope they will be blessed with many more years together filled with so much
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