International Youth Day
International Youth Day is August 12.
It was decided on in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, that August 12 would be named International Youth Day. This day is made to raise awareness of the importance and value of youth to our society.
They are our future leaders and representatives. For this reason, on this day we address how important it is to ensure that all children have a safe place to live and grow. These safe places allow them to expand their knowledge, creativity, humanity, and to embrace their self-expression.
Fact: 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million of them are out of school.
Many youth live in conflict zones where they are put into spaces with racism, religious discrimination, child labor, and many more issues. On top of that many of them are not in school, which leads them to have a lack of knowledge and understanding needed for our society today. When our youth don’t receive the protection and care that they deserve, it is affecting not only them, but each one of us. They are our future and they are going to be what makes our world function, why not take care of them now? We all must come together to raise awareness of things happening to our youth and be the difference in their lives by raising awareness and making changes where needed.
“The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.”- John F. Kennedy
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle
“Youth is the trustee of prosperity” – Benjamin Disraeli
So don’t be afraid to speak up for the youth!! It could make a world of difference!
Medication Safety: We all have a role to play
Safe patient care depends on accurate information. Patients benefit when clinicians work with patients, families, and their colleagues to collect and share current and comprehensive medication information.
Medication reconciliation is a formal process which should be done at care transitions, such as when patients enter the hospital, are transferred or go home.
Should you ask for a medication review?
– Are you, or is someone you know, on five or more medications?
– Have you, or someone you know, been recently discharged from the hospital?
– Are you concerned about the side effects you’re experiencing or seeing in a loved one?
What can you do?
Patients and caregivers can ask their Doctor, Nurse or Pharmacist for a medication review.
Use the following 5 questions to guide your conversation.
- Changes? Have any medications been added, stopped or changed, and why?
- Continue? What medications do I need to keep taking, and why?
- Proper Use? How do I take my medications, and for how long?
- Monitor? How will I know if my medication is working, and what side effects do I watch for?
- Follow-Up? Do I need any tests and when do I book my next visit?
Together, we can be sure you are getting the most up to date, accurate and safe care possible. We all have a role to play!
International Self Care Day – July 24th, 2018
Self-care is the caring of yourself. Caring for yourself helps to establish and maintain good health, and prevents and manages any chronic disease. Self-care helps us to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves and others, it helps to boost self-esteem, self-confidence and positive feelings. Self-care can also help manage our stress.
Self-care strategies are varied and include eating healthy foods and food portions, exercising daily, and management of stress. Self-care is also the self-management of chronic disease. An example of self care is if you have a chronic disease such as diabetes your health care team supports you in the management of your diabetes. These supports assist you in the understanding of diabetes but also how to self management your diabetes. Self management strategies is understanding how and when to do home glucose monitoring, what are the steps to avoid hypoglycemia and what to do if you do have low glucose readings.
Self-care makes you the “driver of your own health train”. Self-care empowers you with the knowledge and actions to keep you healthy and allows you to have the best quality of life. There is no one-size-fits all approach to self- care. It can look different for every single person and can even differ for you day to day.
Some self-care quotes
“Self-care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”
What are some examples of self-care that we could do in Kenora
- Watch a beautiful sunset
- Walking on the Harbourfront
- Lie on a beach
- Go for a kayak or boat ride/paddle boat.
- Go to one of the many free summer concerts
- Listen to the loons
- Do a puzzle
And so forth
Many more self-care resources and suggestions online.
Give yourself a hug today!!