wellness

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities May Face Challenges to Staying Physically Active

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have conditions like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or other genetic syndromes. People with IDD may have challenges with learning, communicating or decision-making, and sometimes, challenges with mobility. Previous studies have shown that adults with IDD are less likely to be physically active than adults without IDD.

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People with Serious Mental Illness May Be at Risk for Obesity and Diabetes

Serious mental illnesses (SMI) are conditions like schizophrenia, depression, or bipolar disorder. In past studies, people with SMI have reported more physical health problems than people without SMI. In particular, they may have a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese, as well as a higher risk of diabetes. According to some researchers, these problems may be caused by side effects of medications taken to treat SMI, but they could also be due to high-fat/low-fiber diets or a lack of exercise.

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Self-Directed Care May Help People with Serious Mental Illness Take an Active Role in Their Recovery

Serious mental illnesses (SMI) are conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression. People with serious mental illness often receive traditional mental health services funded by Medicaid, such as medications or psychotherapy. These services may help reduce SMI symptoms, but they may not be effective enough to help people with SMI participate fully in their communities. Self-directed care (SDC) is a new and alternative approach to traditional care for people with SMI.

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Staying Healthy and Connecting with Neighbors May Help People with Mobility Disabilities Stay Involved in Their Communities

People with mobility disabilities have difficulty standing, walking, or climbing stairs. Because of such difficulty, they may have trouble participating in recreational, social, civic, or religious activities in their communities. The participation limitation may stem from physical problems such as pain or fatigue, from environmental barriers like living in areas without public transportation, or both.

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A New Mobile Health System Can Help People with Spina Bifida Take Charge of Their Health

Spina bifida (SB) is the most common congenital condition leading to disability in the United States. People born with spina bifida have damage to their spinal nerves because their spine didn’t develop or close properly in the womb. They may have reduced bladder and bowel control and loss of feeling in their legs. As a result, they may be more likely to develop health problems like urinary tract infections or skin ulcers than people without SB.

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What Do People with SCI Need to Know Before They Return to Work?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord or the spinal nerve roots within the spinal canal resulting in temporary or permanent loss of movement and/or feeling. Learning to manage health after SCI can be a long and complicated process that is dependent on numerous personal and environmental factors, and it is an important part of the overall recovery process. Employment has been shown to be a key part of recovery and strongly related to health, life-satisfaction, and longevity, but the effects of SCI can present barriers to finding and keeping a job.

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A New Program Shows Promise in Helping People with Serious Mental Illness Fight Obesity and Embrace Wellness

Obesity is a major public health concern and studies have shown that people with serious mental illness (SMI) may be at higher risk of being overweight or obese than people without SMI. Being overweight or obese can put people at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Wellness programs that promote healthy eating and exercise can help reduce these risks for people with SMI.

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RehabWire - Volumen 4, No. 9, Diciembre 2002

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RehabWire para diciembre mira las investigaciones sobre la dieta, el ejercicio, y la promoción de la salud para las personas con discapacidades. Una seguna edición especial presenta un tema aparte de las selecciones de referencia general para 2002 (mire al No. 10).

RehabWire - Volumen 7, Número 3, Abril 2005

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El RehabWire de abril pone de relieve los proyectos de investigación de la salud y el bienestar de las personas con discapacidades. ¿Podemos prevenir condiciones secundarias, centrándonos en las prácticas de buena salud?

RehabWire - Volume 7, Number 3, April 2005

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RehabWire for April highlights projects researching health and wellness for people with disabilities. Can we prevent secondary conditions by focusing on good health practices?

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