Wilmington, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice encourages everyone to exercise their brains and know their options for care during National Minority Health Month.
National Minority Health Month originated in 1915, when Dr. Booker T. Washington proposed recognizing “National Negro Health Week” each April. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) observes the entire month of April as National Minority Health Month to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.
Each year focuses on a different component of health and wellness, and National Minority Health Month 2019 raises awareness of the role an active lifestyle plays in staying healthy.
“Physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases and other conditions that are more common or severe among racial and ethnic minority groups,” OMH said in announcing the theme for National Minority Health Month 2019, adding that it emphasizes “the health benefits of incorporating even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.”
Lower Cape Fear Hospice encourages everyone to not only exercise physically, but mentally as well, making sure you know your options for care and that your family is aware of your wishes.
Many people avoid talking to their family members about their wishes for health care and end-of-life care. Having those hard, but important, conversations now helps your family make sure your wishes are followed, and will be a relief to your family members if you become suddenly ill or seriously injured.
Advance care planning clinics are offered throughout the community, with tips and tools to help you complete the forms you need to document your wishes. For more information, visithttps://www.lcfh.org/services/advanced-care-planning/; to view upcoming clinics and workshops, visit https://www.lcfh.org/community-education/.
When chronic illness is diagnosed, palliative care can help manage symptoms, pain and stress, improving quality of life for those who have been diagnosed and their family members. Palliative care is available for those who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, regardless of the person’s age or the stage of the illness, and works with your existing doctors as an extra layer of support. Palliative care can help with symptoms like pain, nausea, fatigue or depression, and palliative care has been used by patients with heart disease, diabetes and COPD.
For more information about palliative care, visit https://www.lcfh.org/services/palliative/ or call 1-800-733-1476.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. For more information, visit lcfh.org.