September 17, 2021

September 2021: National Women’s Health & Fitness Day on 9/29/2021

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Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are living longer and leading more active lives in their communities.  Here are some keys to taking control of your own health and staying healthy:

Be sure to follow Preventive Health recommendations and timelines:

  1. Routine breast and cervical exams and screenings
  2. Routine osteoporosis (bone health) screenings
  3. Routine Dental visits
  4. Talk with your primary care provider about potential long-term health impacts of certain medications (such as psychotropics and anti-epileptic drugs)
  5. Ask your healthcare providers to explain all potential medical procedures and treatments so that you fully understand the potential benefits and risks.  If needed, ask for a second opinion or help in understanding what is being recommended before giving your consent/agreement.

Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors

  1. Exercise – Making exercise a part of your daily routine can:
    1. Boost happiness, self-esteem, and self-confidence
    2. Promote better sleep and reduce stress
    3. Improve memory and brain power
    4. improve bone density and prevent bone loss
    5. Promote improved skin health
  2. Eat healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight
  3. Seek out appropriate social networks, meaningful activity (working, volunteering, taking classes, etc.) and recreational opportunities that interest you
  4. Learn about and follow safe sexual practices

Locating accessible and “I/DD-friendly” services and facilities can often be a challenge for women with disabilities.  Your Care Manager can work with you to find providers, services and facilities in your community who are equipped to support you in achieving your health and wellness goals.

Click to learn more about the services provided by each of our partners …

Advance Care Alliance

LifePlan CCO NY

Person Centered Services

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