Advocacy is central to our Student Senate and we’d like to take some time to acknowledge some of the observances during the month of November. Here are just some of the ways in which we can begin to create awareness and advocacy during this month as well as learn about resources that are available.
American Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a disease when the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin levels is impaired, leading to fluctuations of glucose levels. Over 34 million people struggle with diabetes, which is just over 10% of the United States population. However, it is important to also understand that there are many undiagnosed patients around the world who struggle with diabetes as well. In 2017, Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death and still stands in the same position now in 2020.
This video exemplifies some of the signs that may be warning signs of diabetes.
Family Caregivers Awareness Month
Family Caregivers are those who take care of someone who cannot take care of themselves due to an injury. A Family Caregiver focuses on providing transportation, offers support and acts as medical advocates. Most Family Caregivers are a spouse, sibling or another family member who is devoted to caring for the family member in need.
Hear some stories from other Family Caregivers to gain a better understanding of their life:
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. It can also be known as a type of Dementia. More than 5 million people around the world suffer from Alzheimer’s, which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all Dementia cases.
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures. It can also cause unusual sensations and behaviors. It is known as the fourth most common neurological disorder.
When epilepsy first started being diagnosed, there was a stigmatization that there was a spiritual or demonic possession that led to them having this neurological disorder. After conducting more research, we started to realize that this was not true.
It is important to be able to distinguish the difference between epilepsy and seizures.
understand the difference, this video talks about The Difference between Seizures and Epilepsy.
These videos show how to help someone who is having a seizure.
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