October is recognized for many health observances, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), blindness, spina bifida, lupus, breast cancer, and healthy lungs. This month also includes an annual designation to organize medical information. Take time this month to ensure medical information is all in one place and easy to find.
Physical – Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, routine office visits for chronic conditions have decreased. It is important to maintain care and take responsibility of your health, particularly for patients who are due for immunizations or who experience conditions that require monitoring. Remind family and friends that preventive visits, screenings, and vaccines, are more important than ever.
Intellectual – Preventive care screenings are important to detect disease and help individuals access timely treatment when necessary. Preventive care visits also help reduce overall medical expenses. Learn which preventive screenings are recommended for your demographic.
Emotional – At your next virtual or in-person visit with a primary care doctor, be sure to mention any noticeable changes in mental health that may be affecting day-to-day life. A primary care doctor can identify issues with mental well-being and refer additional resources to support.
Social – According to the CDC, 8 of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported have been in adults 65 years and older. As appropriate precautions are taken, elderly family members may feel loneliness or isolation during these times. Take time to offer service, give thoughtful notes, and visit outdoors, by phone, or by video call.
Environmental – It is important to prevent the spread of disease, especially to members of the community that are at a heightened risk. Identify proper precautions to take by knowing how the virus is spread and what steps can be taken to stay safe. Be sure to follow CDC guidelines, such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing to avoid spreading disease.
Financial – Chronic diseases account for a large percentage of annual health care costs each year. Screenings and early detection through preventive visits can help make these diseases more treatable and financially manageable.