Alzheimer’s Awareness Week 2010

July 6, 2010

This week marks this years Alzheimer’s Awareness Week. Alzheimer’s is our nations’ 6th leading cause of death.  This progressive and fatal brain disease attacks and destroys brain cells, resulting in problems with memory, thinking, and behavior severe enough to affect a person’s day-to-day routine. Ultimately, this disease ends with death.

Although there is no cure for this disease, early detection and treatment can help those diagnosed to continue on with their every day routines. Be sure to look out for the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s in your loved ones.

For more information on Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Awareness Week, please visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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Eye Injury Prevention Month

July 2, 2010

The month of July is recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month. During this time, attention is placed on protecting your eyes in different environments, primarily the work place. Over 50% of the 2,000 eye injuries per day occur in the work place with 70% of those occurring from falling or flying objects, or sparks striking the eye. The best way to prevent these types of injuries is to wear the appropriate eye protection. Three out of five workers injured were not wearing eye protection or wore the wrong kind of eye protection. Eye wear must fit correctly and designed for the type of work the individual is doing in order to be effective and safe. Standards are set to ensure employers provide workers with the appropriate eye protection at the workplace.

In addition to proper eye wear, early detection and treatment are important to sustaining healthy vision for all ages. Do not take your healthy vision for granted.Over 90% of eye injuries are preventable with proper care and protection. See your eye specialist once every two years to maintain healthy vision.

For more information on how to care for your eyes, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology at www.aao.org