Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Health

PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE

The flu can make us miserable. Fevers, cough, congestion and fatigue make even the nicest winter morning seem dark and gloomy. Muscle aches, joint pains and a splitting headache can leave us trapped in the house and stuck in bed. A terrible way to spend the winter months, especially with Christmas around the corner! The flu is caused by a virus (‘Influenza Virus’) that peaks in a seasonal pattern during the winter months and spreads from person to person through sneezing, coughing or touching contaminated surfaces...

FUN WITH FOOD

Many children with autism have behavioural issues relating to food, diet and healthy eating. These include: —Self-restricted diet —Avoidance of unfamiliar foods —Food preference according to visual appearance (colour, shape) —Difficulty with sensory processing (avoidance of particular tastes/textures) —Difficulty with oral motor control Particular eating patterns —fear of contamination (foods touching on plate) —crumbling food before putting in mouth —hand/ fingers in mouth while —chewing —overfilling mouth. With these considerations in mind,...

THE PROBLEM OF CHRONIC PAIN IN PEOPLE WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Everyone experiences pain at some time or another—a headache, a sore back or a sprained muscle are normal experiences—but in most cases, the pain settles and disappears in hours or days, or occasionally after a few weeks. However, some people experience pain that is always present. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for at least three months...

Healthy Eating

The enjoyment of good health is the key to a good quality of life. In this supplement healthy eating will be highlighted and how this may have a positive effect on you and your well-being. Some of you may already know a lot of this information and some of you may not. Even so it is intended to provide...

Creating health means more than treating illness

The health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities is receiving increased attention of late, and not before time. Despite long years of being cared for by doctors and nurses, many have not received the care and attention we now recognise they need if they become physically ill. In Britain this has been brought home through a recent inquiry...

Personal Hygiene —taking care of your body

Keeping your body clean not only keeps you healthy, but it also makes you feel good about yourself- Looking good does not just mean wearing the latest fashion, it also relates to other important things that will affect your image. In this article we consider those important things that help us feel good and what we can do to...

Looking after your breasts

Breast cancer is considered to be one of the most common cancers to affect females. According to Davies and Duff (2001), women who have never given birth have a statistically higher risk of developing breast cancer. Women with an intellectual disability are living longer and in the main do not have children and are therefore considered more at risk...

Women’s health: An ecological approach

What three things are most important in your life? Most people who respond to this question will name good health as fundamental to a life of quality. The expectation of longer life, especially in Europe, no doubt heightens the value placed on health. But, like the pursuit of many glittering prizes, gaining health is not a simple matter. An...

The management of menopause for women with intellectual disabilities

Introduction Cosgrave et al.(1999) have established that women with an intellectual disability experience menopause at an earlier age than women of the general population. It has been noted by McCarthy and Millard (2003a) that there is inadequate information and support available for women with an intellectual disability as they experience the onset of menopause. This is of particular concern when...

General health issues of people with intellectual disabilites

Pretty much wherever you look in the world a similar pattern is seen: people with an intellectual disability have more health problems, a high level of serious conditions such as epilepsy and certain specific patterns of health needs associated with the cause of their disability. This pattern, easily recognisable by families and carers alike, is sadly complemented by an...