Caring for the Caregiver: Women’s Health Week Awareness
With springtime flowers blooming and warmer weather here to stay, it’s no wonder that the month of May is seen as a time of renewal. As we focus on spring cleaning and summer plans, we shouldn’t forget about revisiting the most important thing of all: our health. This month celebrates National Women’s Health Week – and what better way to renew your spring spirit than to take control of your daily and future healthcare needs?
Every May during National Women’s Health Week, millions of women are encouraged take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018.
As we reach out to women across the nation, it’s important to remember the often-forgotten group of female caregivers. These women work tirelessly around the clock providing care for loved ones in addition to their own careers and families. According to the Institute on Aging, upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males. These women are especially at risk for losing sight of their health because they are so focused on everyone else but themselves.
This Mother’s Day, take the time to talk with the women in your life on self-care. There are many easy ways to improve your physical and mental health.
Ways to Improve Your Physical & Mental Health
- Visiting a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup)
and preventive screenings
- Getting active
- Eating healthy
- Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
- Avoiding unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet
These steps are the foundation for a lifetime of good health. They can help you be as healthy as possible, whether you’re 20 or over 100!
For more detailed information on caregivers, visit https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-statistics-demographics