Take Charge of Your Health

 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Source: https://nccih.nih.gov/

Millions of Americans use complementary health approaches. Like any decision concerning your health, decisions about whether to use complementary approaches are important. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed this fact sheet to assist you in your decisionmaking about complementary health products and practices.

Take Charge of Your Health

  • Be an informed consumer. Find out and consider what scientific studies have been done on the safety and effectiveness of any health approach that is recommended to or interests you.
  • Discuss the information and your interests with your health care providers before making a decision.
  • Choose a complementary health practitioner, such as an acupuncturist, as carefully as you would choose a conventional health care provider.
  • Before using any dietary supplement or herbal product, make sure you find out about potential side effects or interactions with medications you may be taking.
  • Only use treatments for your condition that have been proven safe. Do not use a product or practice that has not been proven to be effective to postpone seeing your health care provider for your condition.
  • Tell all your health care providers—complementary and conventional—about all the health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Aging in place … a goal of healthy aging!

Are you involved in a neighborhood organization, home owners association, church group where many of your members are boomers and seniors?

There is a huge national movement of boomers and seniors looking for a plan to live in their own homes for as long as they can.  The Villages Network movement is volunteer neighbors and friends forming a network to help each other with simple chores, transportation and socializing.  Volunteers here in Clark County are looking to start a village.  Go to www.villagesclarkcounty.org for more information, www.VillagesNW.org and Meetup/Aging in Place for the upcoming meeting dates and locations.  The next planning meeting is scheduled for Saturday January 16, 2016, 1:00 pm, Vancouver Library (downtown).  The meeting is open to all individuals interested in finding out more about setting up a village.

At CAMP, we want to educate people about healthy aging, that boomers can lead vital, vibrant lives well into their 80s, 90s and beyond.  The Villages Network concept is an excellent opportunity to keep our aging population socially engaged, maintaining their daily routines, keeping their homes safe and organized, and getting the transportation to doctors appointments and socializing opportunities that will help maintain a high quality of life.