Archives for Health Awareness

How to Prevent Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease and promote healthy kidney function. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often referred to as a “silent disease” because it rarely presents any symptoms during the early stages. As many as 90% of Americans who have CKD are unaware they have the disease until it has reached an advanced stage. The earlier you find out you have kidney disease, the sooner you can take steps to protect your kidneys from further damage. Freedom Home Care is here to help with chronic disease management.   Risk Factors Preventing
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Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

Meeting goals can be a complicated nut to crack, but approaching your goals as a habit change is the most likely to lead to success. It’s never too late to start a new healthy habit. We are still at the beginning of the year and a lot of changes can take place between now and the end of the year. So how do we incorporate healthy habits in a sustainable and enjoyable way? Here are a few helpful tips to help you in this.   Healthy Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle Have breakfast – often time people skip this part
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Learn About Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month This month is the month to check in on your visual health! Millions of people suffer from visual impairment and it’s often something else that could be causing it. For example, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people who are 50 years old or older, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. More than 2.9 million Americans age 40 and older have low vision.   What To Look Out For If you’re experiencing vision difficulties this may be a sign of low vision. You can notice this if
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Learning About Thyroid Awareness Month

This month is thyroid awareness month 2023. Every year we spend a month helping the American Thyroid Association get the word out about thyroid related health issues, ways to get checked, and what to do about it.   What is the Thyroid and How can it Affect People Thyroid diseases are actually pretty common in the United States, with an estimated 30 million people affected. The thyroid is a small gland in every human body that produces hormones that play an important role in the functioning of the body’s systems, like cells, tissues, the heart, brain, liber, and kidneys. Dysfunction
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Taking Care of Your Bone and Joint Health

Don’t Overlook Your Bones and Joints It was just bones and joints health week! There are so many different things we do to take care of our bodies, but this week we are going to take a closer look at our bones and joints. Often overlooked until an ache becomes unbearable, more than half of Americans over 18 experience bone and joint conditions, according to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Believe it or not, but bone and joint problems are the most common cause of chronic pain and physical disabilities worldwide.   Understanding Our Bones and Joints Bones
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Learn What Care You Need This Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy Month Health literacy is so crucial as everyone at some point in their life will encounter the health care system whether for their own sake or a loved ones. There are challenges to understanding health information and navigating the healthcare system that often keep people from seeking medical attention. The healthcare system is complicated and ensuring everyone can understand it is an effort taken up by healthcare organizations. Acknowledging the complexity of the health care system and providing help in health literacy supports people as they find, understand, and ultimately use their health information and services. In an
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Am I Up to Date on My Immunizations?

Who are Immunizations for? While the COVID vaccine has been top of mind recently, there’s a whole lineup of vaccines that protect infants, children, teens, parents, and the elderly from sixteen harmful diseases that can even lead to hospitalization or death. Certain conditions such as age, job, or lifestyle, can play into a person’s risk for certain diseases. Based on specific criteria, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created guidelines for what immunizations to get and when to get them. Ultimately, immunizations are designed to be accessible to everyone, barring certain health reasons.   Check to See
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Summer Sun Safety Month in Highland Park

The summer may be winding down but the sun is still fierce! More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined, according to the Skin Care Foundation. So even as you’ve been enjoying the outdoors and the warmth on your skin, it’s important to take a moment and incorporate some healthy habits to stay safe in the sun.   Sun Protection to Avoid UV Rays Today This August is summer sun safety month and here are some helpful tips to stay safe in the sun. Remember that these tips are true
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Alzheimer’s Month at The Wildbird Shack

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month has returned. We take this month very seriously as Alzheimer’s disease is something we work with closely. There are lots of ways to improve the lives of those with the disease. We discussed one of these methods with Alyse at The Wildbird Shack. Sensory Stimulation Sensory stimulation is important to those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It helps engage all the senses when outside with a bird house or sensory garden. Sight, sound, and smell can all easily be engaged when surrounded by these things. The colors of flowers, the houses, and the birds create a positive visual
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Understanding Your Risk of Getting Diabetes

  The Pervasiveness of Diabetes While everyone is familiar with the term diabetes, it is more difficult to know what it means or even more difficult to realize that it could be affecting you. In a survey conducted by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), around 68% of people did not know that diabetes is closely related to heart disease. Furthermore, the survey also revealed that about 25% of the diabetic population do not even know that they have the disease. It is important to get regular check-ups at the doctor as diabetes and prediabetes are something they check for. Even
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