Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group’s Allerton Assisted Living Communities Focus On Heart Health

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Massachusetts' Allerton House at Duxbury Assisted Living Community holds heart healthy educational dinner during American Hearth Month.

From (L to R) Allerton House in Hingham Marketing Director Carol Taylor is shown with Harbor Medical Associates Cardiologist Dr. David Denmark and Manager of Performance Management Karen Gray.

To reduce the risk of heart disease, it is important to control blood pressure, lower dietary fat and cholesterol; manage diabetes; and maintain a healthy weight by staying active.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Welch Healthcare and Retirement, which owns and manages five assisted living communities on the South Shore of Massachusetts, held Heart Healthy Educational Dinner Presentations at two communities last month in celebration of American Heart Month.

In Duxbury, the Allerton House residence provided a heart-healthy menu to more than 50 local residents who wanted to learn more from cardiologist Dr. Michael McLaughlin of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. Dr. McLaughlin told the capacity crowd about the many ways to improve heart health. Area residents mingled with residents of the 34-apartment-home assisted living community, listening intently to how they might manage cholesterol and hypertension or change certain aspects of their lifestyle to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. McLaughlin graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2004, he completed his fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Among the recommendations for reducing heart disease risk are: Do not use tobacco products – smokers double their risk for heart disease. Dr. McLaughlin said, to reduce the risk of heart disease, it is also important to control blood pressure and lower dietary fat and cholesterol; manage diabetes; and maintain a healthy weight by staying active. Finally, he recommended eating heart-healthy foods and keeping stress to a minimum.

In Hingham, about 20 miles north of Duxbury, MA, Dr. David Denmark, an interventional cardiologist at Harbor Medical Associates, gave a presentation to a capacity crowd on “Vascular Health from Head to Toe” at Allerton House at Harbor Park. It was preceded by a complimentary heart-healthy dinner.

Dr. Denmark discussed the many conditions that affect the circulatory system, and ways to treat and prevent them. He talked about peripheral vascular disease, which includes a range of conditions involving blood vessels that are located outside of both the heart and the brain; coronary artery disease, or heart disease, which results when plaque builds up in the arteries, leading to heart attack and stroke; and varicose veins.

Allerton House in Hingham offers traditional assisted living as well as a dedicated memory care neighborhood for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. To learn more about upcoming programs or to schedule a personal visit, contact Marketing Director Carol Taylor by telephone at 781-749-3322 or via email at: ctaylor(at)welchhrg(dot)com.

Allerton House in Duxbury is an intimate, full-service assisted living community that is part of the senior living community The Village at Duxbury. To learn about upcoming programs or to schedule a personal visit, contact Marketing Director Irene O’Sadcia at 781-679-5036 or via email: IOsadcia(at)villageatduxbury(dot)com.

For more than 65 years, Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group has been providing continuum of care services to seniors and their families who may need housing or care options, including independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, Alzheimer’s care, adult day health or home care services. Residences and skilled centers are located in Brighton and throughout the South Shore of Massachusetts including Braintree, Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Quincy and Weymouth. To learn more, visit: http://www.welchhrg.com.

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