Happy September! While technically there are twice as many ‘official’ summer days in this month as in June, it’s also a time when the weather cools and our minds turn to things besides the beach and sunshine. This is also an ideal time to re-focus your energy and goals pertaining to your health, with the year drawing to a close and the holidays bringing many temptations for us all! In the spirit of keeping our health and happiness at the forefront of our goals as we age, we wanted to share with you the health observances that mark the month of September which are most relevant to our aging population.
Blood Cancer Awareness Month
According to Science News Daily, the majority of patients who have blood cancers are older adults. Please visit LLS.org for information regarding blood cancer awareness month, ways to donate and personalized support services for patients and their families.
Cholesterol Education Month
It’s no secret that cholesterol levels tend to increase with age. Be sure to visit the CDC resource page here for information regarding prevalence, prevention and monitoring of this condition which is associated with being a major risk of heart disease.
Pain Awareness Month
The NIH reports that pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart diseases and cancer combined. In honor of Pain Awareness Month, the American Chronic Pain Association and 80 partner organizations are joining forces to help increase understanding of this life altering condition and provide access to communication tools, pain management programs and resources. Learn more here.
Prostate Health Month
This is not always an easy topic to discuss – but it is a necessary one: prostate cancer kills approximately 30,000 men in the US each year. Please share this prostate health guide with the important males in your life so that every friend, father, brother and son has access to the information and tools that can empower, educate and increase survival rates.
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Not only are thyroid disorders more common in older adults, but the symptoms are more subtle! Read this informative article on age-related data in hyper- and hypothyroidism and visit the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association for a comprehensive hub of news, events and publications.
We may be in the real estate industry – but we will always argue that nothing (and we mean NOTHING!) is more important than your health. Please take some time before year-end to review your own health status, check in with your doctor on the management of any acute and chronic conditions and learn about what health issues to be more aware of as you age.
Cheers to feeling your best today and tomorrow,
Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
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