As February, American Heart Month, draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of our heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making them four times more likely to suffer a stroke, and three times more likely to die of a heart attack. There are many drivers of high blood pressure including hormones, stress, diet, and lack of exercise, but the bottom line is high blood pressure can have dangerous consequences, resulting in a buildup of plaque, inflammation, and a weakening of the heart over time.
About 20 percent of Washingtonians will be 65 or older by 2030, up from the current 13 percent. The age wave is expected to increase pressure on state services and infrastructure.
AARP Illinois is recruiting volunteers to get involved in legislative advocacy and to strengthen the relevance of AARP in communities throughout the state.
New Hampshire is aging and with an increasingly older population come many financial and societal challenges such as long-term care, caregiving, transportation, housing and health care. Many of these issues will guide the state’s legislative agenda for years to come.
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