Having a sick parent can be scary and stressful, especially if there are long hospital stays or physically intense treatments. Having a parent diagnosed with a serious health condition, like kidney disease, can seem especially frightening if you don’t know how it will affect your family. It is estimated that one in seven adults have chronic kidney disease.1 Your parents, doctors and family members can help you get through this tough time. Here are some tips to help you manage your feelings: Prepare for change. You may notice changes with your family and home as your parent spends more time at hospitals and doctor appointments. It may seem like your parents are ignoring you. However, [...]
February is American Heart Month. Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with kidney disease? Furthermore, you are more likely to develop heart disease if you have kidney disease. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease and kidney disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have these conditions. To lower your risk: Watch your weight Have your blood and urine checked Manage your blood glucose if you have diabetes Control your cholesterol Keep your blood pressure below 140/90 Be active for 30 minutes on most days and eat healthy Take medications as prescribed Quit smoking and stay [...]
The DPC Education Center just launched a new and fully-responsive website, making it easier than ever for dialysis patients, family members and healthcare professionals to get informed and lead healthier lives. Check out the website today at: www.dpcedcenter.org Education Through Empowerment
If you were unable to attend our last education seminar, the recording is now available! Please see the video and links below for details. We want to keep getting better. Please help us by sharing your comments and suggestions here: Webinar Review View the Recording: Download the slides. Download the handout: In English In Spanish In Italian In French Additional Articles: To Make Resolutions or Not? It IS A Laughing Matter: Using Humor To Cope With Kidney Disease And Dialysis Instead of a Resolution, Try Making a Micro-Change
A patient who received a liver transplant decreased his anti-rejection drugs from 40 to one (with the hope to eventually eliminate all anti-rejection medications being taken) with the help of doctors and an experimental procedure, as published this week by The New York Times. The procedure involves training the immune system of the patient receiving the organ into not attacking the new organ by manipulating white blood cells from both the organ donor and the recipient and later reincorporating those cells into the recipient. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Anti-rejection Drugs In order for organ transplants to be successful, patients must take multiple drugs to decrease the chances of the body rejecting the donated organ. [...]
By Elizabeth Lewan, Communications & Grassroots Program Coordinator at the American Psychological Association Parents want to make sure their child has a healthy and happy life, but sometimes a health complication can change things. Having a child diagnosed with pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD) can leave parents feeling overwhelmed, anxious and scared for their child’s overall well-being, especially in the beginning. However, you can play an active role in your child’s care and treatment by providing the emotional support he/she needs and educating yourself about kidney disease and its treatments. Below are some tips that parents and caregivers may find helpful as they go through this journey: Understanding the diagnosis and treatments. News of your [...]
If you were unable to attend our last education seminar, the recording is now available! Please see the video and links below for details. We want to keep getting better. Please help us by sharing your comments and suggestions here: Webinar Review View the Recording: Download the slides. Additional Articles: Everything You Need to Know About Beating the Holiday Blues and Post-Holiday Let Down Another Dialysis Patient Makes It 40 Years On Treatment The Intentional Application of Humor with CKD Patients
There are airport screening resources available for people with disabilities and/or medical conditions that are planning to fly. These resources include: Contact information for TSA Cares where you can ask questions and express concerns related to airport screening Information about connecting with a Passenger Support Specialist and/or customer service manager at the airport (Note: the level of assistance will vary) Enrollment information for TSA Pre✓®, which may result in shorter lines and wait times at the airport Additional information about what to expect during the airport security screening process if you have a disability or medical condition A link to download and print out TSA’s Disability Notification Card Click here for more information.
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By Steve Wilson (download PDF) Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of revelers at a holiday party. Plenty of them are probably unhappy, too. Recommendations Related to Depression Are You at Risk for Depression? Knowing what factors increase your risk of having major depression may help you get the best medical help when you need it. Depression treatment is most effective early on. “I think a lot of people would say [...]
Smoking cigarettes can damage your kidneys. Quitting smoking may help your blood pressure, which can lower your risk for having heart attack or stroke. Individuals with high blood pressure have a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease (1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure may have chronic kidney disease). Medicare Part B covers up to eight counseling sessions centered around quitting smoking during a 12-month period. Make sure your healthcare professional is recognized by Medicare and accepts Medicare’s payment. Visit Medicare’s website for more information.
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) Education Center mourns the sudden passing of Board Member Robert “Bob” Lee, 54. Lee was a dedicated activist from Oregon who played a critical role in educating policy makers about the importance of protecting patient choice and access to care. Specifically, his continuous outreach to Senator Wyden helped secure passage of legislation to open Medicare Advantage to dialysis patients. Lee traveled to Washington, DC multiple times to meet with Members of Congress. He also travelled to Salem to testify at hearings before the state insurance commissioner. His involvement with DPC started when he became a Patient Ambassador in 2014. He joined our Board in 2016. Lee’s dedication and passion for life [...]
Support the Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center We want to take this opportunity to say thank you. As you know, it is our mission to reduce the occurrence and delay the progression of kidney disease. We work to accomplish our goals by: developing unique educational programs to empower patients, increasing public awareness of kidney disease and developing favorable public policy solutions. Our organization is led by kidney disease patients for kidney disease patients. We cannot accomplish our critical mission without you. Join in our efforts to improve patient quality of life and delay the occurrence of end-stage renal disease by donating today. To find out more information about our programs, visit us HERE. From all of [...]
If you were unable to attend our last education seminar, the recording is now available! Please see the video and links below for details. We want to keep getting better. Please help us by sharing your comments and suggestions here: Webinar Review View the Recording: Download the slides. Additional Videos Mentioned During Presentation: Patients Stories of Pharmacists' Care Expert Shares Key Steps in Staying Healthy with Kidney Disease Pharmacist Discusses Medications for Kidney Disease
Excited about avoiding the crowds on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? When shopping online for deals, consider supporting the DPC Education Center through AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to the DPC Education Center without added cost. The DPC Education Center is dedicated to improving kidney patients' quality of life and reducing the occurrence of ESRD through education and awareness of dialysis and kidney disease issues, improving the partnership between patients and caregivers, and developing favorable public policy solutions. Support the DPC Education Center.
Download the flier Have you giggled or laughed out loud today? Or yesterday? Or last week? Laughter is considered one of the best medicines we have, and we want you to start seeing its benefits! Join us to learn more about the health benefits of laughter and how to find humor in your life as you live with chronic kidney disease. Find out when Steve Wilson, a clinical psychologist and founder of the World Laughter Tour, interviews Karyn Buxman, RN. When: December 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET, 1:00 PM CT, 12:00 PM MT, 11:00 AM PT What: DPC Education Center Webinar Register: www.dpcedcenter.org/education-call-rsvp
People with chronic medical conditions, such as kidney disease, are at a higher risk of getting an infection, which can lead to sepsis. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs and critical tools for treating infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use. The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and [...]
November is Bladder Health Month. The bladder is part of the urinary system, which also includes the kidneys. Taking care of the bladder is important for individuals with kidney disease as infections in the bladder can spread to the kidneys, which can cause permanent damage to the kidneys. Additionally, diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease, can contribute towards bladder problems. The National Institute of Health has some resources on how the bladder changes as we age and ways to keep your bladder healthy. Check out the resources below: Bladder Health for Older Adults – Discusses how the bladder changes as we age, common bladder problems, conditions that affect bladder [...]
By Steve Wilson (download PDF) Emotionally Loaded Months You probably can guess why October, November and December are called the “emotionally loaded” quarter of the year. The post-holiday period has emotional perils, too, but probably not what you think they are. What can you do to have an easier time of it all? To do a really good job of managing holiday stresses, you will need some sense of control, some sense of predictability, some optimism, and some solid practical strategies. The information in this article will help you be smarter about holiday stress, so you can beat it before it beats you! You may not be able to control everything that’s about to happen, but [...]