Men’s Health Week is recognized each year during the week before Father’s Day. The 2014 event runs from June 9 to June 15. During this week of recognition, people around the United States are urged to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”
Men’s Health Week is the perfect time to encourage senior men to obtain regular medical checkups, focus on illness prevention, and embrace early treatment options for disease and illness. In celebrating men over the age of 65, senior caregivers can help to shine a spotlight on a loved one’s optimal health and fitness.
The History of Men’s Health Week
The week-long recognition was initially recognized a decade ago. Known as Senate Joint Resolution 179, Senator Bob Dole led the proposal all the way to the U.S. Senate on March 26, 1994. From there, the bill was known as House Joint Resolution 209. The resolution was eventually passed during the last week of May, 1994 and Men’s Health Week was official. Ten years later, hundreds of awareness activities are planned around the nation, focusing on male health and prevention.
Blue Represents Health
Just as cancer supporters are recognized by their pink ribbons and support for our military is shown by yellow ribbons, Men’s Health Week has its own significant colored ribbon. Supporters are encouraged to wear blue ribbons as a way to remind men of the importance of staying healthy, to let the men in your life know you care and to ultimately increase the quality of life.
Walking for Men’s Health
A number of older men are unable to participate in strenuous exercise. With that in mind, senior caregivers should consider walking as an alternate form of daily activity. Walking is a form of exercise that is ideal for people of all fitness levels who are yearning to be more active.
For older men, some impressive benefits of walking include:
- Decreases the chance of developing a chronic illness
- Lower rate of heart disease
- Avoidance of type 2 diabetes
- Lowers the chances of developing asthma and lessens the severity of symptoms for those already diagnosed with asthma
No matter how senior caregivers and older adult men choose to celebrate Men’s Health Week, there’s no better time to focus on improving physical and mental health.
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