February 2018 Newsletter
Heart Disease in the Family

New Website Launch

Grapefruit Month

Heart Health Month

Valentines Day History

Super foods for your heart

Dementia Friendly at Work
A devastating disease...

By: Mary Bovee,
Executive Director
February is heart health month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. We have come a long way in the early detection and prevention of heart disease.

I have personally experienced how devastating heart disease can be. My father suffered multiple heart attacks in his thirties and forties. He was a very hard-working man, providing for his six children. He was a traveling salesman whose work often took him away from home. His diet and exercise suffered, and he smoked.

In the sixties and seventies, little attention was paid to life style compared to what we know today. When my father was home we often had meals heavy in butter, gravy and meat. It was comfort food. We all loved it and my mother loved to make us happy by preparing foods that made us feel good. But on the inside, my father’s arteries were clogging, and he was on the path to having another heart attack that would most likely be fatal.

Unbeknownst to his family, his cardiologist told him he either had to prepare for a heart transplant or he would likely die soon. The best times we had as a family were weekends at our cabin with all of us and our grandparents. On one weekend, my father loaded all of us children up and he drove us to a local tavern. Once there, he sat with each of us individually and had heartfelt conversations.

It was odd behavior for my father but looking back I don’t think any of us thought about what he was doing. We were just happy to be spending time with him because he was often away from home. You see, he knew his health was failing but he kept that from us. Two weeks later, my father died of a massive heart attack in his living room in my mother’s arms. He was just 59 years old.

That was almost thirty years ago. I still miss him very much. Today, I am mindful of my heart health. I try to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and get regular checkups. I know my family history and I know I am at risk for heart disease. You may be at risk too, and not even know it. Heart disease claims approximately 1 million lives annually.

Please don’t be a statistic. I hope the story of my father and our loss will encourage you to pay special attention to your heart health not just this month but always. 

Screening of
"Still Dreaming"

March 29, 2018
Zeitgeist Arts
Social Hour- 3 pm
Screening- 4 pm

See Calendar for details

" National
Grapefruit Month"

Did you know that a single tree can produce over 1,500 pounds of vitamin packed grapefruit?
No wonder
Texas named the Ruby Red their official state fruit!

2/3 cup butter, softened

1 3/4 c. white sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp grated grapefruit zest

1/2 c fresh grapefruit juice

3/4 c. milk

3 c. sifted cake flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350*

Grease and flour two 9-inch pans.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and grapefruit zest. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the grapefruit juice and milk. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Thank you to the following donors for January! We appreciate your support.

Rick & Mary Hershey
(correction from December)

Congregation of Hope United Methodist

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Travis K.
Jordan M.
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You may have noticed a few changes... Over the last few weeks, our website received a fresh coat of paint.

Features you will now find include:

  • A Calendar
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  • Detailed pages about our services
  • Testimonials
  • New Volunteer Opportunities
  • An archive of our newsletters

If you haven't been to our new site, be sure to check it out! Go to www.agewellarrowhead.org
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And we know that starts with taking care of your health. American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is a great way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. Together, we can build a culture of health where making the healthy choice is the easy choice. Why? Because Life is Why.

American Heart Month Statistics At a Glance

  • 220.8 per 100,000: The overall rate of death attributable to CVD, based on 2014 data.
  • On average, someone died of CVD every 40 seconds. That is about 2,200 deaths of CVD each day.
  • On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. This is about 795,000 new or recurrent stroke each year. On average, someone died of a stroke every 4 minutes
  • Stroke accounted for ≈1 of every 20 deaths in the United States.
  • More than 65% of US adults have 2, 3, or 4 criteria at ideal cardiovascular health, with ≈20% adults within each of these categories. At any age, females tend to have more metrics at ideal levels than do males. Blacks and Hispanics tend to have fewer metrics at ideal levels than whites or other races.
  • 85.7 million, or 34.0% of US adults are estimated to have hypertension, based on 2011-2014 data. 
  • 28.5 million, or 11.9% of US adults are estimated to have total serum cholesterol levels ≥240 mg/dL, based on 2011-2014 data.
  • 23.4 million, or 9.1% of US adults are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, based on 2011-2014 data.
  • 1 in 6 males and 1 in 7 females in the United States are current smokers, based on 2015 data.
  • On average, 1 in 3 adults, or 30.4% Do not engage in leisure time physical activity. Hispanic and Non-Hispanic black adults were more likely to be inactive.

Read more about the American Heart Association and National Heart Month at www.heart.org

18 Superfoods for Your Heart

By: Amanda Gardner of www.health.com

While deaths due to heart disease have dropped in recent years, it's still the No. 1 killer of Americans. The good news is that we now know a ton about how to prevent cardiovascular disease, which includes both strokes and heart attacks.

It's clear that healthy eating and living (like exercising more!) can make a huge difference.

Read on to see what you should be including in your diet to keep your ticker happy for decades to come.

Dark Chocolate
Citrus Fruits
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Wine
Green Tea
Broccoli, Spinach, & Kale
Flax Seeds

To read the full article, go to www.health.com .

No dietary changes should be changed without consulting your primary physician. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your doctor.
Did you know...
  • 1 Billion cards are exchanged on Valentines Day making it the second most popular greeting card day after Christmas

  • Over 50% of cards are purchased in a few days prior to the holiday "making Valentine's Day a procrastinator's delight".

  • More than 40,000 people are employed at chocolate factories throughout many establishments in California and Pennsylvania.

  • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.

  • More than 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold.

  • In addition to the U.S, Valentines Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy, and Japan.

  • 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S.

  • Teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.

  • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentines Day each year.

Facts from List 25 and History.com

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Dementia Training for Businesses
Age Well Arrowhead would like to congratulate the large staff of Comfort Systems in Duluth for completion of Dementia Friendly at Work training and their commitment to better serving their residents with dementia.

For more information on Dementia Friendly at Work, contact Peter Hafften at peterh@agewellarrowhead.org or call 218-623-7800 for more information on how you and your business can better serve your customers.

Click the link below for more information.
Age Well Arrowhead connects older adults and caregivers to services that support healthy aging and independence.

We are passionate about serving the older adults and caregivers of our community. For this reason, Age Well Arrowhead was founded in 2014 as a local non-profit. We are funded by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Title III funding administered by the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging, client contributions, and service fees. These grants allow us to provide services that are easily accessible and affordable.