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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. June is a time to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. However, it should be noted that dementia is not a specific disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.
10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Dementias
- 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
- 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- 4. Confusion with time or place
- 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
- 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- 8. Decreased or poor judgment
- 9. Withdrawal from work and/or social activities
- 10. Changes in mood and personality
10 Ways to Love Your Brain:
- 1. Break a sweat-cardiovascular exercise
- 2. Hit the books-take a class
- 3. Butt out-quit smoking
- 4. Follow your heart-reduce your risks for cardiovascular disease
- 5. Head up-prevent brain injury…wear a seatbelt and use a helmet
- 6. Fuel up right-eat a healthy and balanced diet
- 7. Catch some Zzz’s-get enough sleep
- 8. Take care of your mental health
- 9. Buddy up-be socially engaged
- 10. Stump yourself-challenge and activate your mind (with hobbies, games, or puzzles)
June is Men’s Health Month. Men’s Health Month is a time to raise awareness about the health care of men and to encourage boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy life choices and practices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 14.9% of men aged 18 and older are in fair to poor health. Men are reported to live on average 5 years less than women. The top 3 causes of death for men are: heart disease, cancer and accidents (unintentional injuries). Unlike women who have an annual “well-woman visit," men do not have an equivalent well-man visit. Men are less likely to see a doctor for regular check-ups or for preventative care. The website Stop Colon Cancer Now listed in a blog 5 things men can do for Men’s Health Month:
- 1. Go to the doctor
- 2. Plan activities to exercise together during lunch, after work or on the weekends
- 3. Make dietary changes
- 4. Stop smoking and avoid drinking alcohol
- 5. Find helpful ways to manage stress.
June is National Migraine and Headache Month. June is a time to raise awareness about migraine headaches and headaches in general and a time to celebrate the advances that have been made in the treatment options and management of headaches. I will focus on migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are a type of vascular headache. 1 in 5 women, 1 in 16 men and 1 in 11 children suffer from migraine headaches. There are many different types of migraine headaches: common migraine (migraine without aura), classical or complicated migraine (migraine with aura which can include brainstem aura), chronic migraine, hemiplegic migraine (partial, temporary inability to move a limb), retinal migraine, vestibular migraine, and menstrual migraine. Sufferers of migraine headaches usually have in common a unilateral pulsating pain in their headache that is moderate to severe in intensity which can be accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting, hypersensitivity to light, hypersensitivity to sound, sweating, scalp tenderness and pale facial color. Migraine triggers can be stress, changes in or an irregular sleep schedule, hormones, caffeine and alcohol, changes in the weather, diet, dehydration, light, smell and medication overuse. Management is broken down into abortive measures and/or preventative measures. Abortive measures are usually medications (oral, injectable or nasal spray) that are used to break a migraine headache. They are most effective early in an attack. Preventative measures can be medications taken daily, weekly or monthly (oral or injectable) to decrease the number of migraine headaches a person has; vitamin and/or magnesium supplementation; biofeedback that helps a person control the physical processes that are related to stress; any other healthy stress coping strategies; identifying and avoiding triggers; getting adequate sleep; and adding more relaxing exercise into the physical activity routine.
June is PTSD Awareness Month. June is a time to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD is often associated with veterans. But the website psychiatry.org states that PTSD can occur in any person, any ethnicity, any nationality, any culture and at any age. They go on to state that 1 in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime and that women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD. It is noted that Native Americans, African Americans and American Latinos are disproportionately affected and have higher rates of PTSD than non-Latino whites. Symptoms of PTSD fall into 4 categories: intrusion, avoidance, alterations in cognition and mood and alterations in arousal and reactivity. The stages of recovery are: 1) establishing safety, 2) retelling the story of the traumatic event and 3) reconnecting with others. Effective treatment modalities include professional talk therapy (psychotherapy) which can be individual therapy or group and medications. If you are suffering from PTSD, talk to your health care provider to get a referral to an appropriate mental health care provider that can help you heal. If you are in crisis either call 911, go to the Emergency Room, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or Veterans Crisis Line by texting 838255. You are not alone.
There has been more than 591,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Praise the Lord, we have 3 vaccines available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all eligible people get vaccinated. It is each individual’s choice whether and when to be vaccinated. The CDC has issued new guidelines for fully vaccinated people (see below). But remember, the vaccines are just one weapon in our armory. We still need to remain vigilant in taking precautions to avoid getting and spreading the virus.
STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 and GERMS (CDC.gov/coronavirus)
- Wear masks when requested by businesses, employers and on public transportation (busses, trains and airplanes)
- Social distance when asked: stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people not in your family
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- DO NOT touch your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- STAY HOME when you are sick except when getting medical care
- WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
Fever (temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle, joint and/or body aches
New loss of taste and/or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
For Fully Vaccinated People
You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.
What has changed:
- You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 8 feet apart.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people on any age from one other household without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask.
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel nor do you have to self-quarantine after travel.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
What has not change?
You still need to take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations including in being public, gathering with unvaccinated people and traveling. You should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 if you have been around someone who is sick. And finally, follow guidances at your workplace, at the businesses you frequent and on public transportation.
According to the CDC, we know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, serious illness and death. We are still learning how effective the vaccines are against the new variants of the coronavirus. We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19. We are still learning how well the COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease. And finally, we are still learning how long the COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive theirs sins and heal their land.”
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Seventh-Day Adventist Grief Share Groups
El Centro SDA church group California-meeting online
Discover Life SDA church group California-meeting in person
Kansas Avenue SDA church group California-meeting online
Dorchester Berea SDA church group Boston, MA-meeting online
Apple Creek SDA church group Ontario, Canada-meeting online
Arlington SDA church group Arlington, TX-meeting online
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