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Senior Citizens Month 2014
Age has its advantage. June 2014 is designated as Senior Month or Older Americans Month if you prefer and we want to celebrate the maturity and wisdom of our older citizens! Generally, the term "older American" implies 60 years of age and older. In April1963 President John F. Kennedy designated Senior Citizen month; seventeen years later in 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans month. Each year there is a theme for the month of celebration and this years theme is "Experts at Living Well".
Today's senior is no longer relegated to the proverbial rocking chair. Admittedly physical and perhaps mental changes may occur but today's senior has many resources to help him stay active and well into our advanced years. Indeed, we are encouraged by health practitioners and geriatricians to keep active mentally and physically to ensure that as we age, we do so gracefully and with dignity. Acknowledging the accomplishments of older Americans reminds the younger generation that not only do their parents and grandparents enjoy life to its fullest but today's society cannot relegate seniors to the "back of the room" where they will not be seen. Even employers are beginning to recognize the value and commitment of older workers. According to some reports, often older Americans outperform their juniors in the workplace because they are committed, loyal and reliable, which are important attributes for an employee . The medical community has ongoing medical interventions that enable us to live longer and more effectively with medical conditions that in years past would have been untreatable or perhaps terminal.
Morgan County Health Department would also like to applaud our seniors. We also would like to remind you our services are not just for children or young families. We offer services for seniors like blood pressure checks and immunizations like your yearly influenza vaccination or the “Shingles” vaccine, zostavax not to mention everyone needs a Tetanus every 8-10 years and/or the Tdap which includes Pertussis to protect those grandbabies. We also want to engage our seniors in being a public health volunteer through our emergency preparedness activities as well as other programs that might be of interest like Chronic Disease Prevention, Communicable Disease Prevention, Tobacco (Quitline), Travel Vaccinations, Vital Records and Environmental Health Services. We are here to service all the citizens of Morgan County, including our seniors.
Take a well deserved bow Older Americans. Together may we enjoy the life that we have and expand the horizons before us. Next June we endeavor to evaluate how far we have come during the year. Let us all live a life of purpose and fulfillment and never look back to what was but what is to be.
It's that time again!!!! Bugs (including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies) can spread a number of diseases. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
May is Asthma Awareness Month
Know Your Triggers and Develop an Action Plan for Effective Management
CHICAGO – Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. In the United States, approximately half of people with asthma had at least one asthma attack in 2012. More children (55%) than adults (49%) had an attack. Asthma attacks cause adults to miss work and children to miss school.
To raise awareness about the health consequences and personal costs of asthma, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is urging Illinoisans to take control of their asthma.
“While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage it and keep it under control,” said IDPH Director Dr. Hasbrouck. “Taking your medicine exactly as prescribed by your physician or health care provider – and avoiding your triggers – can help you avoid having an asthma attack.”
The IDPH encourages Illinoisans to speak with a health care provider to develop an action plan to manage their asthma effectively, and to learn what triggers their asthma. Common triggers like tobacco smoke, dust mites, mold, outdoor air pollution, furry pets and cockroaches can trigger an asthma attack – which can range from mild to life-threatening.
In Illinois approximately 850,000 people have asthma. Seventy-four percent of adults and 76.5 percent of children do not have their asthma under control. National guidelines recommend that persons with asthma seek at least two routine checkups per year. In 2011, there were 72,810 emergency room visits and 18,968 hospitalizations with asthma listed as the primary diagnosis.
African Americans are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from asthma than any other racial or ethnic group.
In 1999 the Illinois Asthma Program was established to develop strategic goals and long-range planning in the effort to reduce asthma in Illinois. In 2009, the 3rd Illinois Asthma Strategic Plan was released with long-range goals and solutions to reduce the burden of asthma for people with asthma and their caretakers.
In August 2010, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 96-1460 making it simpler for students to carry and self-administer rescue inhalers at school.
To learn more about asthma control and management, visit CDC at www.cdc.gov/asthma.
We want to congratulate our WIC Team for taking 2nd place at the 2014 WIC Training and Educational Conference Poster Contest. This years them was Wizard of Oz. Congratulations gals!
WE NEED YOU!!!
A disaster can strike anywhere, whether it’s a hazardous material or weapons of mass destruction or a natural disaster like a tornado or flood. Problems arising from emergencies and disasters pose a threat to human health, well-being, and survival.
In the event of a disaster, the health department would need volunteers to help us help the citizens of Morgan County. We will need medical staff as well as support and environmental staff. If you would be interested in being on our list, please fill out the Volunteer application and send it to us.
Click here for the Volunteer Application.
Thank you for your support!