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June 2024: Embracing Aphasia Awareness and Men’s Health Disability Awareness

As we step into June, Shared Horizons Inc. proudly recognizes two significant awareness campaigns: Aphasia Awareness Month and Men’s Health Disability Awareness Month. These observances provide us with the opportunity to shed light on critical issues, foster understanding, and advocate for the needs of those affected by aphasia and disabilities impacting men’s health.

 

Understanding Aphasia

Aphasia is a communication disorder resulting from damage to parts of the brain that control language, often caused by strokes, head injuries, or other neurological conditions. It affects an individual’s ability to speak, understand, read, or write, yet it does not impact intelligence. According to the National Aphasia Association, approximately 2 million Americans are living with aphasia, with nearly 180,000 new cases diagnosed each year .

 

Raising Awareness and Support

 

Raising awareness about aphasia is crucial as it fosters a more inclusive and understanding society. Here are a few ways we can support individuals with aphasia:

 

  • Education: Learning about aphasia helps dispel myths and reduces stigma. By understanding that aphasia affects communication and not intelligence, we can better support those living with this condition.

  • Communication Strategies: Using visual aids, writing, and gesture-based communication can significantly help. Patience and active listening are key.

  • Advocacy: Supporting policies and programs that provide resources for rehabilitation and social integration is vital.

 

Men’s Health Disability Awareness

 

June also highlights Men’s Health Disability Awareness Month, focusing on health conditions and disabilities that disproportionately affect men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes . Disabilities resulting from these conditions can significantly impact their quality of life and daily functioning.

 

Promoting Men’s Health and Well-being

 

  • Regular Check-ups: Encouraging men to attend regular health screenings can lead to early detection and better management of chronic conditions.

  • Mental Health: Mental health is a critical component of overall well-being. Men are often less likely to seek help for mental health issues, which can lead to severe consequences. Creating a supportive environment where men feel comfortable discussing their mental health is essential.

  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Promoting a balanced diet, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use can prevent many health issues.

 

How Shared Horizons Inc. Supports These Causes

 

At Shared Horizons Inc., our mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, including those with aphasia and men facing health-related disabilities. Our pooled special needs trust provides financial security and supports our beneficiaries in living fulfilling lives.

 

Our Services Include:

 

  • Financial Management: Ensuring that funds are managed effectively to meet the needs of our beneficiaries.

  • Access to Resources: Connecting individuals with services and resources that support their health and well-being.

  • Community Engagement: Promoting inclusion and understanding within the community through advocacy and education.

 

As we mark Aphasia Awareness Month and Men’s Health Disability Awareness Month, let’s commit to learning, supporting, and advocating for those affected by these conditions. Together, we can create a more inclusive and supportive society.

 

For more information on how you can support individuals with aphasia and disabilities affecting men’s health, or to learn about our services, please visit our website or contact us directly.

 

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