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 Community Health Connect  is the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network’s newsletter dedicated to providing members of our community with the latest healthcare information.
In this issue:
  • Think FAST
  • Men’s Health Month
  • Happy Seniors’ Week

Think FAST

Do you know the signs of a stroke?

June is Stroke Month in Canada. According to Heart & Stroke, someone dies from heart disease, stroke, or vascular cognitive impairment every five minutes.

However,  most strokes can be prevented  and knowing the signs could save someone's life. That's why we're urging everyone to learn and share the signs with their loved ones.

 Think FAST,  and know the signs of a stroke:

  • Face: Is it dropping or drooping?
  • Arms: Can they raise both?
  • Speech: Is it slurred or jumbled?
  • Time: If someone displays the above, it’s time to call 911 right away.

According to Heart & Stroke, eight in 10 cases of stroke are preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviours.

We can all make small changes that make a big difference in our heart health.

Here’s how you can  show love to your heart

✅  Stay physically active
✅  Eat a healthy diet
✅  Control cholesterol
✅  Manage blood pressure
✅  Reduce blood sugar
✅  Maintain a healthy weight
✅  Quit smoking

 Early detection and management  of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can help reduce your risk of heart disease and prevent stroke.

Talk to your family doctor to learn more.

Men’s Health Month

Too often, men put their health on the back burner.

According to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, 70 per cent of Canadian mens chronic health conditions are caused by lifestyle and can be helped by changing unhealthy habits and lowering stress levels.

The Men’s Health Check tool below shows your risk level for the top eight most common health conditions in men.

Take the free health check
It also includes a health screening schedule to see what needs to be checked and when.

 Routine screening  is a good way to be  proactive with your health Screening can help detect problems early — before symptoms appear — so that you get timely treatment.

Your doctor can advise you about suitable screening tests during a comprehensive health exam.

 Common mens health concerns  you should talk to your doctor about include:
  • Prostate and colon cancer
  • High blood pressure and heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
Even if you’ve missed a couple of years — or decades — of annual checkups, it’s never too late to connect with a family doctor. Schedule an appointment and check up on your health.  

Happy Seniors’ Week

Last week was Seniors' Week. Seniors' Week is a good reminder to recognize and celebrate the impact seniors have on our families and communities.

The Way In is a collaboration of Calgary-based agencies dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and access to services and support for vulnerable older adults for free, including:

  • Information and referrals
  • Assistance with forms for pensions, benefits, transportation, and housing
  • Caregiver support
  • Access to volunteer supports
  • Elder abuse intervention and support

You or anyone you know can call  403.SENIORS  (403.736.4677) for information and support or to be connected to an outreach worker.

As well, be sure to connect with the seniors in your life. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Seniors' Week in a meaningful way:

💓  Reach out to a senior who may be on their own
💌  Write a letter to a loved one
📞  Phone an old friend

Whatever you do, take some time to learn more about the history and contributions of seniors in your community.
If you have feedback on any health topics you would like to learn or read more about, please contact us directly at hello@cwcpcn.com.
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