Take charge of your health

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When it comes to your health, there is much you can do to help you feel good. Eating better, reducing stress, and exercising more all may go a long way to helping you maintain a healthy life. But self-care doesn’t mean “do-it-yourself” care. Managing your health often means working with your healthcare team, accepting support from family and friends, and finding resources in your community.

Living with a long-term condition, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis, brings challenges. It’s important to have the confidence, support, and information to take control of your condition. Looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s taking your medicine properly or getting active, means managing your condition from day to day to feel your best. By having the right tools and resources, and knowing how to care for yourself, you may be more confident and better prepared to handle what comes your way. You are not alone — there are tools and people out there to help. The challenge may be opening yourself up to all the help and support that is available to you.

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You might have a family member who is helping someone with an ongoing condition. Mom helping Dad manage his dementia. Your brother or sister helping your parents get around in their older years. The senior caregiver role can be challenging and stressful without strong support from family and friends.