National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.
NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). NPHIC, in collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help you educate people of all ages about vaccines recommended for them. For more information on the observance and to download the communication toolkits, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website.
Home should be the place where you feel safest and most comfortable. But if your home is beginning to feel more cavernous than cozy and thinking about caring for it creates more stress than serenity, it could be time to reevaluate the roof over your head.
That may be particularly true if you’re like most Americans and hope to age in place. According to an AARP survey, 90 percent of people age 65 and older would rather stay in their own homes than move into an assisted living facility or nursing home. And research also shows people aren’t necessarily waiting until they are seniors to make modifications with aging in place in mind.
What is Aging in Place?
Those modifications may also go beyond physical changes like installing non-slip flooring and grab bars. In fact, the term aging in place is about more than accessibility, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defining it as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
So, if you anticipate your income may go down later in life, cutting housing costs could have a positive impact on your ability to age in place. For instance, moving into a smaller space could eliminate or reduce mortgage payments, cut property taxes, and trim maintenance costs and other homeowner expenses. Choosing a neighborhood that’s closer to grocery stores, doctor offices, and other essential services may also make aging easier.
If you’re looking to downsize, it makes sense to review listings to get a sense for sale prices. Online searches also make it simple to browse for homes that already include some accessibility features, and you might be surprised to find you don’t necessarily have to pay a premium for amenities that make aging in place easier. In fact, homes in St. Petersburg have a median listing price of $209,400 according to Zillow, many of which may already be accessible. And if a home isn’t specified as accessible, that doesn’t mean it can’t be modified. To make renovations less expensive and intensive, seek out properties that fit a few broad parameters. For instance, Easter Seals suggests settling in a home on a relatively level lot with paved paths from parking to an exterior entrance that could accommodate a ramp. Indoors, accessibility-minded buyers should look for homes with no steps or abrupt changes on the ground floor, and hallways and doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Ideally, there would also be at least one wheelchair-friendly ground-floor bedroom and bathroom and enough space in the kitchen to ease access for wheelchair users.
If you’ve got those basics in place, many modifications can be made fairly easily and without breaking the bank. For instance, you can remove rugs without non-slip backs and eliminate many other tripping hazards on your own. To reduce the risk of falls, consider installing grab bars in the bathroom and opting for slip-proof flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas of the home.
And making the kitchen even more accessible might be as easy as introducing workspaces that people can use while seated and selecting faucets that are easy to operate from a seated position or for people who have limited dexterity. Similarly, adding seating to a shower is a project you can probably take on yourself. And a comfort-height toilet can cost as little as $100 to $150, plus installation, according to CNBC.
So if you’re aiming to age in place, accounting for both affordability and accessibility and making some minor modifications along the way can help you live happily and safely in your own home for years to come.
Cooking Matters hands on courses teach families the skills they need to be self sufficient in the kitchen. Families learn how to prepare and shop sensibly for health meals on a limited budget. Call 727-582-2463 to learn more. Registration is required. The class is held once per week for seven weeks beginning Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00 pm. The classes are held at Campbell Park Recreation Center, 601 14th Street South, St. Petersburg. Class program and design provided by UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program.
We want to learn more about your experience and decisions related to work.
You may take part in this study if you: • were diagnosed with breast or colorectal cancer within the past 5 years • were between the ages of 40 and 64 years at the time of diagnosis
The interview can be in-person or on the phone. The interview lasts about 1 hour. You will receive a $45 gift card for your time.
USF Department of Community and Family Health To learn more call: 813-557-0365 or email [email protected]
Congratulations to Ruby Hope, National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red program. Join Ruby on February 3, 2017 at Pinellas Technical College for Pink Goes Red, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm. They'll be refreshments, free givieaways, health screenings and line dancing. Hosted by AKA Zeta Upsilon Omega, DST St. Pete Alumnae Chapter.
There's lots of information going around right now about what the Zika virus is and does. Now the first case of a Florida mosquito infecting someone is being investigated. Florida has confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus in one small, less than one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown. Learn how you can protect yourself against the Zika virus by clicking here.
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Parents As Teachers (PAT+) is a nationally recognized parenting program that helps parents or other caregivers build a confident relationship with a new baby. The program stresses family well-being, parent-child interaction and development centered parenting.
The PAT+ team is ready with support, referrals and encouragement to help you and your baby thrive. Many of our services are provided by PAT+ parent educators, all with extensive backgrounds working with families. For more information or to make a referral please call (727) 350-5900.
Karen Davis-Pritchett from Empath Health
provided us with some great tips she collected during the Caregiver's
Conference on March 19. As caregivers, we know how much help we can get
from those who have walked the same path. Please click here for the tips shared by those who care for loved ones.
Another great church celebrates Go Red Sunday by bringing heart
disease awareness to women in their congregation.
10th Street Church of God, you are looking good!
Thanks for stepping up, Unity Temple, and bringing awareness to Heart Disease in women by celebrating Go Red Sunday! If your church celebrated Go Red Sunday, it's not too late to send us a picture. We will be proud to post it! Women supporting other women is a long tradition in church life. CUFHC is pleased to be an advocate for the Heart Association's campaign of Go Red- we have been doing it for ten years!
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Click here to view Ruby Hope's own personal Go Red story. Like many women, Ruby's symptoms were not "typical." This is a great personal story and we thank Ruby for sharing it with us all.
Check out the CDC’s tips and resources to help you go tobacco-free in 2015:
St. Petersburg College offers Get Ready for College – Math, Writing and Reading. These self-paced online tutoring programs are aimed at helping incoming students refresh their skills.
These online programs are aimed at students who have been away from school for a while and recent high school graduates who need to sharpen their skills before starting college.
The goal is to give potential students the help they need to boost their confidence about starting or returning to college. http://www.spcollege.edu/ready/
More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.
Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.” Read More...
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Pinellas County's health picture in obesity and dental health suggests that more work is needed to meet the state's goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.
For example, 2010 obesity figures show that 41.6 percent of Pinellas adults were overweight and 24 percent were obese. About 28 percent of middle-school students weren't getting enough vigorous physical activity; the figure jumped to 37 percent for those in high school. Among adults, 60 percent did not eat the recommended fruit and vegetable servings and 22.4 percent were sedentary.The dental health profile shows a need for more dentists who accept Medicaid. Of the 1,667 licensed dentists in Pinellas, 25 accepted Medicaid. Only 6.7 percent of Medicaid-eligible adults received dental services in 2011. More than 4,800 Pinellas residents resorted to visiting the emergency room for treatment of dental conditions that preventive, regular dental care could have alleviated, but which Medicaid doesn't cover