Skip to content

Looking to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health? 9 Important Tips for Older Adults

At Holland Farms, we understand the importance of maintaining good cardiovascular health, especially as we age. Our senior living community in Norwalk is dedicated to ensuring that our residents lead healthy, fulfilling lives. To help you on your journey to better cardiovascular health, we’ve put together these important tips that can make a significant difference in your well-being.

#1.) Stay Active Every Day

At Holland Farms, we believe that staying active is key to a healthy heart. We offer a diverse range of heart-healthy activities that residents can engage in. In fact, our resident activity calendar ensures there’s always something exciting and heart-pumping to look forward to. 

Here are just a few of our favorite activities:

Brisk Walking

Brisk walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise that can greatly benefit your heart. It helps improve circulation, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, and enhance overall cardiovascular fitness. Regular walking can also assist in maintaining a healthy weight, which is crucial for heart health.


Swimming is a full-body workout that is gentle on the joints. It effectively raises your heart rate, promoting better cardiovascular endurance. Swimming also enhances lung capacity and improves circulation, aiding in the efficient transport of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body.

Dance Classes

Dancing is not only a joyful and social activity but also an excellent cardiovascular exercise. It gets your heart rate up, which in turn strengthens your heart muscle. Frequent dancing can improve your cardiovascular endurance, coordination, and balance. It’s a fun way to boost your heart health while enjoying music and socializing with fellow residents.

#2.) Enjoy Nutrient-Rich Meals 

Good cardiovascular health starts with a balanced diet. In our dining options, we prioritize foods that promote heart health. Some of the best choices include heart-healthy fats like avocados and nuts, lean proteins like salmon and chicken, and a colorful array of fruits and vegetables. We also keep sodium intake in check and offer whole grains to keep your heart in top shape.

#3.) Manage Your Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for your heart. Our community offers guidance and support to help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight. If you aren’t sure what an ideal weight is for someone your height, schedule an appointment with your doctor. During your appointment, they can review factors that might impact your weight, including any medications you might be taking. 

#4.) Monitor Blood Pressure

Regularly check your blood pressure to ensure it stays within a healthy range. Our wellness programs include blood pressure monitoring to keep you on the right track. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure or if high blood pressure runs in your family, be sure to bring this up with your doctor. They may want to perform additional screenings or look into blood pressure medication. 

An older man getting his blood pressure check at the senior living community in Norwalk

#5.) Stay Hydrated

Just because cooler weather is here doesn’t mean that you can neglect your water intake! After all, proper hydration is essential for cardiovascular health. To better stay on top of hydration, carry around a reusable water bottle. Refill with water frequently throughout the day. Also, enjoying herbal teas or eating foods that are dense in water content, such as fruits, can also effectively contribute to staying hydrated . 

#6.) Manage Stress 

Stress management is essential for heart health. Our community provides various natural ways to reduce stress, including guided meditation sessions, yoga classes, and art therapy. We also encourage spending time in our serene gardens or relaxing in our cozy common areas to unwind.

#7.) Get Quality Sleep

Quality sleep is crucial for overall well-being. When you get proper rest each night, you can effectively strengthen your heart, minimize stress and anxiety, and improve your body’s ability to heal and recover. To help you get better rest, we suggest:

Create a Bedtime Routine

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine signals your body that it’s time to wind down.

Limit Screen Time

Avoid screens (phones, TVs, tablets) at least an hour before bed, as the blue light can disrupt sleep.

Comfortable Sleep Environment

Ensure your room is dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. Add a white noise machine for ambient sound to help as well.

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol

These can interfere with sleep patterns, so it’s best to avoid them close to bedtime. If you like a warm cup of coffee or tea after dinner, make sure that it is decaf. 

Stay Active, but Not Too Late

Regular physical activity is great, but try to finish exercising a few hours before bedtime.

#8.) Prioritize Regular Check-Ups   

They say that the best medicine is prevention, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to cardiovascular health. Routine medical check-ups are vital for detecting and managing cardiovascular issues. Our community can help you schedule and attend appointments to help you stay on top of your health. 

#9.) Socialize and Stay Connected

Social interaction is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, studies have shown that isolation can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, including an elevated risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. That is why we strive to ensure that our residents stay socially active and connected. We have created various monthly activity calendars that include ample opportunities to have fun, get moving, and to make new friends.

Contact Holland Farms Today!

What truly sets Holland Farms apart from other communities is our unwavering commitment to making the most of living each day. Through our robust activity program, every day becomes an opportunity for growth, fulfillment, and fun. We believe that healthy aging should be celebrated, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

In our community, you’ll find not only delicious and nutritious dining options but also a vibrant atmosphere that promotes cardiovascular health through movement and socialization. We are more than just a place to live; we are a community that cares about your well-being.

If you’re looking for a senior living community in Norwalk that prioritizes your cardiovascular health and overall quality of life, look no further than Holland Farms. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you lead a heart-healthy and fulfilling life in our wonderful community.