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Story ideas and photo opportunities for June

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

The brain drain: Our brains are amazing and precious organs. Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, chips away at the memory and cognitive function of 5.4 million Americans—and that number’s growing. There’s no cure, which means the focus is on prevention and learning how best to take care of those suffering from this progressive disease. During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, we’re discussing how best to take care of early-stage Alzheimer’s patients, how we can keep our minds sharp and prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, and how Alzheimer’s caregivers—who often work around the clock—can take care of themselves. 

Boys don’t cry: Some men may find it difficult to talk about or share their feelings. But depression happens to everyone and if it’s not treated, it can lead to serious health issues— even suicide. Celebrate Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day this year by learning to recognize depression symptoms and talking openly about mental illness. It could save a life. 

Bite back: We’re in for a particularly bad mosquito and tick year, according to experts, which means we’ve all got to take better care to avoid these bugs when we’re outside. Mosquitos and ticks can both carry a bunch of diseases that are unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst. Geisinger experts can explain different health hazards, how best to avoid tick and mosquito bites and what to do if you get bitten.

Flex your muscles: Whether your child is participating in a community basketball league, playing club soccer, attending football clinics, brushing up on their field hockey skills before fall or attending a sport- and exercise-focused camp this summer, they’re at an increased risk for getting hurt. Overuse injuries and one-time problems can happen if you don’t warm up, practice good form, stay hydrated or take a break from sports. Geisinger experts can review how kids can spend their summer sharpening their skills and having fun—without getting hurt.   

Get smart!: A few months ago we were all complaining that it was too cold to go outside. Now it’s too hot—we can’t possibly exercise in this heat and humidity, right? Not so fast. Yes, it’s hot, but don’t let that keep you from spending time outside. Just do it smarter. This summer, Geisinger experts can offer tips on how to exercise, play sports and enjoy the great outdoors without overheating, getting sunburned or pulling a muscle and ruining your summer fun.

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