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By: Elizabeth Bemis on April 1st, 2013

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Bringing Awareness to National Public Health Week

assisted living | independent living | Health Tips for Senior Citizens | Aging & Caregiving

health awareness week
Every year, the
American Public Health Association names the first week in April to be National Public Health Week, highlighting an issue that is important to improving the public's health. This year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." This week will focus on the importance of public health to prevent disease, save lives, and maximize your 'Return On Investment' to your overall health.

"The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention."

Respecting the fact that this week is Natioinal Public Health Week, now is a good time to reconsider daily health actions to improve overall health for a happier life. Seniors especially need to be aware of the status of their health, considering the many issues they can face.

4 Essential Health Tips for Seniors

  1. Get Checked By the Doctor Regularly- Doctors know what they are doing, and even though it can be a nuisance to travel to multiple doctors, it is better for your overall health. Doctors can detect conditions and help suggest preventative measures to make your life better in the long run.

  2. Eat Well-  Keeping a consistently healthy diet can prevent health issues and help minimize the impact of existing health issues on your daily life. Not only will eating healthy actually make you healthier, it will make you feel more active and energized.

  3. Exercise Regularly- Daily exercise, even small amounts, will improve your health dramatically. Even a daily 30 minute walk, along with a healthy diet can improve circulation and lower blood pressure.

  4. Live Happily-  Making the most of the life you have will increase your mood, and actually improve overall mental and physical health. In assisted living communities, making friends is a great way to enjoy life and make new memories. 

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If you'd like more information about senior health, or more about United Methodist Homes Assisted and Independent Living Centers, contact us and we'd be happy to help.

About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

Our Blog is a 2016 Platinum Generations Award Winner! The Generations Award is an annual international competition for excellence in senior marketing recognizing professionals who have communicated to the 50+ Mature Markets.