or religious holy day. It is not a day that will live in infamy, but every year, it plays a vital role in the collective national attitude. This day, February 17, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It is a day that invites each one of us to go out of our way to pay it forward. It encourages us to cross our arbitrary boundaries - creed, religion, color - to recognize and affirm the humanity in each of us. For the duration of February, on the 17th, for every day going forward, live out the Golden
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
“It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.”
~ George Washington ~
George Washington, ‘Father of our Country’, is one of America’s most famous Founding Fathers, serving as commander to the Continental Army during the War of Independence and as our first President (1789-1797). Born February 22, 1732, in Virginia, he didn’t have the same formal education as his older brothers, but he had an inquisitive mind. Washington studied trigonometry
Monthly Safety Tip
Eat healthy. Drink plenty of water. Moderate alcohol intake. Don’t smoke. Get plenty of exercise. Stay positive. Follow your doctor’s orders to hopefully live a long, prosperous, healthy life.
February is National Heart Month. If any problem, ie. heart disease, runs in your family, take precautions. Visit your doctor to get an accurate picture of your heart health. Get enough sleep.
Caregivers of the Quarter
Mary Ann C. joined the Golden Horizons team in November 2018. In her time with us, she has shown great compassion and provided excellent care to her clients; they have repeatedly thanked us for sending her to them. Thank you for all you do Mary Ann!
All About Your Heart Health
As we said on page one, February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the USA, with a rate of 600,000 per year, or 1 in 4 deaths. In women, the rate of deaths is 1 in 3. These statistics translate to a scary figure in the US - every 37 seconds, a person dies of heart disease. So what causes it?
- Heart Disease in Blood Vessels - shortness of breath, chest - pain, tightness, pressure; pain in places like one’s back, jaw, neck, upper abdominal region, throat etc.; if blood vessels are narrow in body limbs, it may include pain, numbing, cold or weakness.
- Heart Disease because of Irregular Heart Beats - tachycardia (racing heartbeat), bradycardia (slower heartbeat); feeling lightheaded, dizzy, faint, short on breath, chest pain or discomfort, fluttering in the chest.
- Heart Disease in Weak Heart Muscle (Cardiomyopathy) - always feeling breathless (with or without exertion); swelling in legs, ankles, feet; irregular heartbeats - fast, fluttering, pounding; feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint.
Some risk factors that may contribute to a heart disease include: genetic predisposition / family medical history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, unhealthy diet (ie. high in saturated fat), excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, diabetes, little to no exercise. Almost half of all Americans have at least three risk factors.