Taking Care of Dad This Father’s Day

Taking Care of Dad This Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, this is a great time to remind our fathers and grandfathers just how important their health is to us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees with us, and has announced that this week, June 14th through June 17th, is National Men’s Health Week! “The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”1

Dads play an important role in our lives, but often put everyone’s needs before their own. With hectic schedules, the men we love tend to neglect their own health needs. Wellness check-ups and preventive screenings will be put off in the midst of busy lives. This week provides us with a great opportunity to remind the men in our lives that we need them to take care of themselves.

The CDC is promoting National Men’s Health Week by encouraging men to act as role models at home and in the workplace, and to “be smoke-free, prevent injuries, and eat healthy.”2 Men have an opportunity to lead by example, and they have the power to make a difference in the lives of other men, especially their sons and grandsons.

Father’s Day is the perfect time to commit to living a more active lifestyle, make an appointment to visit a physician for an annual checkup, or review your nutrition and eating habits. Physical health is important, but don’t forget to take care of your mental health, too. Stress and anxiety caused by finances, work, and family obligations can have adverse effects on your overall health.

If the man in your life is a Medicare beneficiary, he has access to wellness visits and preventive screenings, as well as additional benefits that can help keep them healthy and strong. If he is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, he may have additional benefits that might include vision and dental health care coverage, as well as other perks like a fitness club membership. Take the time on Father’s Day to let your loved one know just how important he is to you.

1 www.menshealthmonth.org/week/index.html
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/

Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.