By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Seniors searching for an outlet to learn about healthier living styles to combat heart disease are encouraged to attend a lecture at the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center this month.
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the center is hosting a lunch and learn event about high blood pressure and heart disease, where seniors can learn about symptoms, causes, treatments and how to live a healthier life.
The lunch lecture will be presented by Dr. Susan Schneider, a geriatric medical physician, with a master's degree in public health, who practices in Cocoa Beach.
Judy Brandon, executive director of the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, said that the event is a crucial one for elderly citizens in Brevard County.
"I would encourage the public to attend this event to learn about heart disease and high blood pressure, from a medical doctor, regarding symptoms, testing, treatments, medication and lifestyle changes that can lead to a healthier life," she said. "(It is) a very important topic for the aging population and their families to become aware of how to be proactive in their own health."
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with more than one person out of every four people affected by the disease, according to secondscount.org.
For men, the risk starts to climb at the age of 45, when one out of every 100 men develops signs of heart disease. By age 55, the risk increases to about 2.1 out of every 100 men. By age 85, the risk for heart disease in men increases to about 7.4 out of every 100.
For women, the risk climbs with age, as well, but the trend begins about 10 years later.
Ms. Brandon said that the event, which will also provide free lunch and beverages, is an opportunity for seniors to recognize these trends.
"Becoming aware and taking charge of your health is empowering, smart and could be life-changing, and we are so happy, at Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, to be able to offer these free seminars," she said.
This free event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach.
To attend the event, please RSVP to (321) 783-9505.