As we are about embark upon our holiday fun and festivities let’s keep in mind that as much as we want to get away from what we typically do let’s not forget to do what we typically do when we are not on holiday break. That is exercise! WHAT!!!
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In our world of competitive sports, it is so easy to love the big names LeBron, Serena, Jeter, Peyton, Messi, and Crosby. They bring so much joy, sadness, wonder and triumph into our lives. In the ever increasing world of wheelchair sports there are some big names that the spotlight shines on as well.
Diabetic Neuropathy is a form of nerve damage. It occurs in individuals with diabetes when there is primarily poor blood flow along with high blood sugar levels. Over time people with Diabetic Neuropathy were told they couldn’t exercise. That is not the case any longer.
Caregivers play an important role in maintaining the health and well-being of our loved ones. As people age, more family members have assumed the role of caretaker so that they don’t have to resort to placing their loved one in a long-term care facility. When this is possible, it helps to maintain the quality of life of the aging individual or person with a disability.
In honor of National Diabetes Month, I would like to share a VERY personal story. My mother was an insulin diabetic for most of her life starting back in the 1950’s until her passing away over two decades ago. Since she was taking insulin several times daily, I’m sure that diabetes was on her mind every waking hour. Point being, I realized if there was any “good news” about my mother’s diabetes, it was that I learned that diabetes should be feared and avoided at all costs.
Sometimes a week does not good bye in which I am told “thank you for your service.” At first I know the obvious reason that those statements are made to me. I have a physical disability. But the other reason is that I have a key chain lanyard I wear around my neck that promotes the US Navy.
While a person with a disability may find life difficult when looking for a neighborhood that is accessible to their specific health condition, an individual can first start to simply their life by rethinking the way they design their home. A disability friendly home is the next best step for a person with a disability to continue on leading an independent lifestyle.
With Summer officially over, many of us fall into the trap of being overly active during the sunny weather, to hibernating in fall and winter. Its likely you’ve been doing a lot of exercise, without even realizing you’ve been working out through summer. From hiking or long walks along the beach, to hopping in the pool or playing sports with friends. You’ve probably been a lot more active, and feel better for it. However with the hot weather behind us, and the dark nights approaching, its easy to get stuck in a rut of going to work, going home, and staying warm.
It is no secret that Americans love to create holidays. We jump at the chance to talk like a pirate or order a free cup of coffee, but we also take pride in bringing awareness to topics that are near to our hearts. Almost every day of the year is dedicated to an animal, food group, or cause that we deem worthy of celebration. October is a month that is largely dedicated to bringing awareness to different types of disabilities. During this month we celebrate spina bifida awareness, Down syndrome awareness, as well as cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus day.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the concept of Inclusive Healthy Communities lately because I’ve been sitting in a hospital with my dad for the past month and have gotten to know the University of Michigan Hospital and central campus very well. The University of Michigan hospital has a program called “MHealthy.” http://www.hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/ which includes removing all sugar sweetened drinks from the hospital dining and vending, having multiple MHealthy options in the cafeteria (which is open 24/7) and keeping serving sizes reasonable. The program also includes programs for patients and those who work at the hospital for Physical Activity, Weight Management, Mental and Emotional Health, and Tobacco and Alcohol Management. The whole hospital campus is tobacco free and there are lots of places to get outside and places to walk within the hospital. The University of Michigan campus has also started using the modified “handicapped accessible” logo and has several examples of universal design.