06 Nov November National Health Observances
November National Health Observances
At Prescription PR we know how important it is to acknowledge the National Health Observances of each month throughout the year. This year, November includes a variety of special days and weeks dedicated to health issues many people across the U.S and the rest of the world suffer from.
National Hospice/Palliative Care Month:
Every year about 1.4 million people who live with life-limiting illnesses seek out hospice care. This is why it’s important to acknowledge that one of the November National Health Observances is Hospice/Palliative Care month. Hospice and palliative care programs help people through pain management, learn how to control their symptoms, provide social support, and spiritual care. Hospice services people who have trouble with many daily activities, like taking medications or bathing, it does not provide a full-time caregiver. It is usually something that is reserved for people who are letting their illness run its course after all other plans of action have been tried. While Palliative care, on the other hand, can be used during other treatments the patient may be going through. Its goal is to provide relief for the patient and their family while they are all suffering from the effects of a life-limiting illness.
National Family Caregivers Month:
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the people who are along for the ride when it comes to a life-threatening illness. Those people are our caregivers, and it’s important to acknowledge that one of the November National Health Observances deals with family caregivers. Throughout the month remember to:
- Raise awareness for the issues family caregivers have to deal with
- Celebrate their efforts
- Increase the support for family caregivers
National Home Health Care Month:
November is also the month to acknowledge the nurses, home care aides, and social workers that make a difference in millions of people lives each day. Without, these caregivers there would be a huge hole in the health-care system. From November 12th to the 18th take the time to celebrate the tireless work of these individuals who put others first each day.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:
Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects one of every two families in the United States, yet still has no cure! There are multiple forms of treatment available, but as time goes on the disease will inevitably get worse. Take some time to educate yourself on this disease this November and help raise awareness through your community.
American Diabetes Month:
Throughout the United States, diabetes happens to be one of the leading causes of disability and death. More than 30 million people suffer from this disease on a daily basis. If untreated, there are many health problems diabetes can cause. Some include blindness and kidney disease. Throughout this month keep in mind that you can help bring awareness for diabetes by educating yourself and others on healthy lifestyle changes.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month:
Each year around 160,000 people lose their battles to lung cancer. Think about how many more people are affected when you add in their families? Throughout this November, take the time to become more knowledgeable on how to detect lung cancer and what treatments are offered. By doing this, you could not only become more educated on the topic but maybe you can help save a life!
Stomach Cancer Awareness Month:
With a huge emphasis on Thanksgiving throughout the month of November, it’s easily forgotten about those who can’t enjoy it. Stomach cancer is one of the November National Health Observances that can use your help! By acknowledging those suffering from stomach cancer we can raise awareness and help raise funds to go towards treatments for those suffering.
Bladder Health Month:
Throughout the month of November, each week will be dedicated to a different bladder condition that has affected you or someone you know. Bladder health conditions include interstitial cystitis, an overactive or underactive bladder, UTI’s, bladder cancer, urotrauma, neurogenic bladder, or nocturia. Throughout the month take the time to educate yourself on these conditions, and how you can take the right steps towards prevention.
National Epilepsy Awareness Month:
One in every twenty-six people will most likely be diagnosed with Epilepsy throughout their lifetime. It is a neurological disease that causes unprovoked seizures. It’s extremely important to educate yourself and others on what a seizure is and isn’t. By raising awareness for Epilepsy during the November National Health Observances, it’ll be easier to identify a seizure happening and the steps needed to help those suffering.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month:
Since lung cancer is already part of the November National Health Observances, it’s only right that we help educate people on COPD as well. There are millions of people suffering from COPD, and some don’t even know it! Help increase awareness about COPD so that people can improve their quality of life by getting an early diagnosis.
Diabetic Eye Disease Month:
Unfortunately, diabetes cause many different health issues and one of them happens to be eye disease. Throughout this month, take the time to encourage people with diabetes to get checked for diabetic eye disease! Many of the treatments offered for this disease work best with an early diagnosis.
National Healthy Skin Month:
Since your skin is the largest organ in your body it should be one of your top priorities. During the month of November though, as the weather cools down, take some time to learn some new tips for healthy skin! Through November National Health Observances you can become more knowledgeable on what can make your skin as healthy as it can be.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:
Pancreatic cancer is one of the toughest battles. Throughout the month of November, and especially November 16th (world pancreatic cancer day), help raise awareness for the many risk factors Pancreatic cancer brings to the table. By educating people on the many symptoms those suffer from, we can help people get diagnosed sooner rather than later.
Child Safety and Prevention Month:
November National Health Observances also includes child safety and prevention. Take this time to make sure your home and vehicles are up to date on their safety. Taking some time to double check on some of these things can save you less stress in the future:
- Keeping cleaning products and medications out of reach
- Covering your electrical outlets
- Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly
- Never leave your child unattended in the car
At Prescription PR we recognize the importance of November National Health Observances. By educating others, we can help those suffering from these health conditions diagnose themselves sooner rather than later.