Health Pro Tips for a Joyful June 2023

The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simple tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults; An estimated 6.7 million Americans (or approximately 1 in 9) age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in 2023. Get the facts on symptoms, support, and treatment here.  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Asexual, & Intersex (LGBTQAI+) Pride Month

According to Gallup, the percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual (also referred to generally as queer), has increased to a new high of 7.1%. Learn more about the queer and allied community, the meaning of pride month, and the state of LGBTQAI+ health care quality and access here.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event (also called “trauma”). Most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months, but if it’s been longer than a few months and thoughts and feelings from the trauma are upsetting you or causing problems in your life, you may be one of the 6% of people nationwide struggling with PTSD. Get the latest on living with PTSD here.  

Juneteenth National Independence Day

The freedom of African Americans from slavery in the U.S. in 1865 is celebrated on the holiday Juneteenth on June 19. Learn about the holiday and how to observe it here.  

National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Migraines are not just a bad headaches. They are a disabling disease that affects 39 million people in the United States. Get the facts below.  

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