This May is the 25th anniversary of National Stroke Awareness Month. National Stroke Association has been working long before there was a nationally recognized month to help people understand the causes, signs, effects and treatments for stroke. This year they are highlighting strokes within minorities.
Being sick and potentially stuck inside doesn't have to mean sitting in front of the TV or doing crossword puzzle after crossword puzzle. Even with limited mobility there are all kinds of activities and new or old hobbies you can take on. In fact, this might be the perfect time to learn something new, try something you've always wanted to try or catch up on some things you've let go. Below are just a few ideas to get you inspired to make the most of your down time.
When you're sick, rest can be the best thing. But for many illnesses and injuries, your doctor may also have recommended staying active within your physical limitations to help speed healing. Physical therapy or just basic at-home activity may be prescribed. So how can you find the balance between the right amount of down time and the appropriate amount of physical activity?
You just found out a close friend, family member or acquaintance is sick, perhaps even extremely or chronically ill. You want to express your concern, your best wishes and help, but can't seem to find the words beyond "Get Well Soon." It can be difficult to express our feelings to people as they struggle with an illness. You don't want to come off patronizing, but you also genuinely want to help and be supportive. Sometimes the things that are most helpful and meaningful to the ill are what we don't say, do or ask of them.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Men's Health Month. Initiated by a Congressional health education program, Men's Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
If you're currently struggling or have recently struggled through an illness or injury, there may have been a group of people who were there to help and support you. Whether it was hired help, help provided through insurance or just friends and family volunteering their time, you have probably become close with these people and want to find a way to express your gratitude for the help they provided.
Did you know that the leading cause of disability in the elderly is caused by injury - usually an injury that could be prevented if proper safety concerns were taken into account. June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council is encouraging people across the country to take a risk and safety audit of their homes and habits to help prevent injuries which can lead to life-long disabilities or illnesses.
It's hard to figure out how to help someone through an illness even when you're near them, but being far away can make it even more difficult. However, there are plenty of ways to show your support and be there for a loved one during this difficult time in their lives, even if you're far away.
Here are a few tips on how to show your support and presence to a sick or injured friend.
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the most common cause of skin cancer, and July is UV Safety Month, which is sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Skin cancer is preventable just by taking a few simple steps, but awareness is key. UV Safety Month encourages families, communities and organizations to work together to spread the word about the damaging effects of skin cancer and ways to prevent it from happening to you or someone you love.
If you know someone who has recently encountered an illness or injury that resulted in a disability, you may be at a loss for what to do, how to send your sympathy and how to help. It's a difficult and delicate situation, but there are plenty of ways you can show your support without coming off as patronizing. Here are just a few ideas: