June is Summer Safety Month! We wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of heat-related illnesses that could occur if precautionary steps are not followed.

We advise everyone to stay hydrated and follow simple heat protection steps so that you may remain healthy.

National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is observed in June to recognize those in the headache and migraine communities who work to recognize headache disorder as a neurobiological disease. 

Migraines impact forty million Americans, and one billion people around the world. Raising awareness of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month encourages people with chronic headaches to consult a medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatments and serves to further legitimize the harsh realities of the disease.

Community Health Improvement Week is recognized during the first full week of June to honor those working to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities while advancing health equity. 

These healthcare heroes should are recognized for the numerous causes they work for. They advocate for their communities, aiming to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

This week we celebrate the healthcare workers and professionals who work tirelessly every day. Thank you for all that you do.

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, providing an important opportunity to focus on hypertension control and stroke prevention.

According to the CDC, nearly half of all adult Americans have high blood pressure, and of those 75% do not have it controlled. While many believe that high blood pressure is something that happens later in life, high blood pressure can occur at any age. Take time to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year.

Older Americans Month is observed every May. It focuses on again place, in an attempt to keep older adults comfortable in their homes and living independently in their communities for as long as possible. 

This year’s theme is Age My Way, a chance to explore the many ways older adults can be involved with their communities. Take time this month to think about what you want in the future and how you’ll remain involved and connected with your community.

Nurses make a difference. This month we recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. National Nurses Month honors our nation’s nurse heroes and their contributions to the health and well-being of our communities. Nurses make a difference as trusted advocates who ensure individuals, families, and populations receive quality patient care and services. They influence and shape health policy decisions that ensure all Americans have access to high-quality health care. 

Whether it is a national health emergency or routine daily care, nurses’ vital contributions impact the health and well-being of our communities.

April 26, 2022 Healthcare Information

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disease that affects the brain’s nervous system. The nerve cells (neurons) gradually break down and die. 

Often called the movement disorder, Parkinson’s symptoms include:

  • Tremor
  • Stiffness
  • Walking and Balance issues
  • Speech Changes
  • Slowed movements

PD is a lifelong and progressive disease, which means that symptoms slowly worsen over time.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase awareness about the ailment and its symptoms, as well as to support victims.

April 19, 2022 Healthcare Information

April is Stress Awareness Month, a time dedicated to learning healthy ways to manage stress. Everyone experiences stress, the most common experiences become a mental or emotional strain.

Continuous stress can have negative effects on your body. When placed in a stressful situation, stress hormones enter the bloodstream, leading to an increase in blood pressure and glucose levels. Learning positive ways to cope with stress can go a long way to living a healthy and positive life. 

Here are some ideas to help cope with stress

  • Create healthy routines such as regular physical activity and getting plenty of sleep
  • Discuss your issues with a confidant
  • Recognize when it’s time to get professional help

April 12, 2022 Healthcare Information

This April we proudly recognize National Autism Month! Let’s celebrate the resilience of those with autism & applaud their unique talents! Let’s create better awareness by informing and encouraging communities to celebrate differences, and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. 

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech & nonverbal communication. It is reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with ASD. 

Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development including, improving learning, communication, and social skills, as well as underlying cerebral development. Many children affected by autism also benefit from other interventions such as speech and occupational therapy.

Through the use of therapeutic everyday activities, occupational therapy treats the physical and developmental ailments that impact the ability to perform day-to-day tasks. April is Occupational Therapy Month celebrates the holistic and custom approach to making independence possible. 

Occupational Therapists have studied the movements to make a safe transition and improve weakened muscles. Through their expertise, they help their patients overcome daily performance obstacles such as eating and bathing through repetitive tasks. 

When long-term wear of joints and muscles requires rehabilitation, these medical professionals provide the necessary excises to get us back into our daily routine. We wish them a very Happy Occupational Therapy Month!

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