May is Older Americans Month. In 1963, our government declared May to be a time to recognize our nation's older persons for their contributions to society and to provide them with information and resources to help them stay healthy and active for years to come.
The 2014 Older Americans Month theme is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. According to the official website for Older Americans Month, Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries among older adults result in 6 million medically treated incidents and over 30,000 deaths each year.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day originated in the United States during the 1980s. Since then, every US President has celebrated the day each year and has encouraged the world’s population to do just the same. This is a day we recognize not just the risk military service members expose themselves to every day of the year, but to honor and acknowledge the supportive families who make their many struggles bearable.
While military spouses do not take an oath of service, they serve and sacrifice in many ways. Having a day to acknowledge and honor the role of the military spouse in our homes, communities, military and our country is well deserved and much appreciated.
The field of work you choose is important. It not only determines where you may spend a good deal of your working life, but it also opens you up to other opportunities should you decide to branch out and use your skills in connected occupations.
Whether or not you are just beginning your training; it's helpful to take the time to assess your goals, interests, strengths as well as the areas of opportunity available to you for enhancing your current skill set.
You may find it helpful to run through these career step exercises every once in awhile:
1. Determine what you like to do. What sorts of things interest you, excite you and make you want to learn more about them? For example, do you like:
April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about issues within the autism community and to highlight the growing need for awareness about autism and autism spectrum disorders.
To coincide with Earth Day on April 22, 2014, Ed4Career is showcasing our corporate social responsibility as an eco-friendly company by providing a free eBook to those seeking more information about green careers.
As we move to promote our own green operations and create awareness about the importance of environmental sustainability, we are offering a free eBook, detailing the growth of prospective green careers. This digital offering includes basic profiles of several career choices, detailed salary ranges and education and certification requirements needed to pursue employment in these fields.
To get your free eBook please click here: https://Ed4Career.com/promotion/free-ebook-guide-green-careers
April is Stress Awareness Month and April 21-25th is Stress Less Week, a program of Active Minds in partnership with BeyondOCD and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). According to the Active Minds website, the objective of Stress Less Week is to not only spread awareness about stress and anxiety disorders but also to work towards the creation of supportive communities where one is encouraged to speak up about struggles.
We all need breaks in between work, studying, and writing papers. Not only did I go to school online but I also worked from home full time. What does this tell you? I was at my desk a lot and learned the hard way about what it meant to schedule “break” time.
Because online students don’t have the “mandatory” breaks in between classes we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to step away and just take a break. Why do we make ourselves feel guilty? We are so much more productive when we have those 10-15 minute breaks to refresh. It is a proven fact that breaks encourage brain stimulation if only for just a few minutes.
Some people take walks, others veg out in front of the TV, and others read for pleasure. If you’re not a “reader” there are plenty of other activities to keep your mind stimulated while you step away from your classwork.
“All People Matter”
The National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) goal for Social Work Month 2014 (March) is to educate the public about the profession’s commitment to improving social conditions and opportunities for increased quality of life for everyone. The NASW believes these values are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities.
As part of their campaign to raise awareness, the NASW is providing social workers as well as the public with education materials outlining ways in which Americans can benefit from social safety net programs. According to the NASW website:
1) NASW is expanding its expert referral program to 1,000 contacts. A new interactive tool will allow journalists and others to quickly locate knowledgeable social work sources.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to learn more about developmental disabilities and how to support those who have them.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month. In the U.S. military, from 2000-2012 alone, 266,810 service members have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Approximately 82% of those injuries, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), were mild TBIs, otherwise known as concussions.
Base Camp Hope has a vision, a BIG vision. If this vision becomes a reality, it will revolutionize how veterans with so-called mental “disorders” (PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression) heal their invisible wounds and reintegrate back into society.