Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- Glaucoma, the “sneak thief of sight,” affects more than two million US adults aged 40 or older and is projected to affect 3.3 million people by 2020.
- Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness.
- You can promoteExternal sight-saving measures by encouraging comprehensive dilated eye examsExternal
- Suicide, the 10th leading cause of death nationally, accounts for nearly 37,000 deaths each year—more than twice the number of deaths by homicide.
- Family members, friends, coworkers, and others suffer long-lasting consequences of suicidal behaviors.
- Suicide is preventable; the new National Strategy for Suicide PreventionExternal promotes ways you can get involved.
- Older adults are at greater risk for illness and death Cdc-pdf[PDF-354KB]External during an emergency.
- During National Preparedness Month, states and communities can review their emergency preparedness plans to ensure they meet the needs of vulnerable older adults.
- New CDC resources are available that can assist states and communities in planning for the needs of the elderly.
- Nearly 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure and more than half don’t have it under control.
- The risks of uncontrolled blood pressure are serious; it contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day.
- A new Million HeartsTM program—Team Up. Pressure Down.External—recognizes pharmacists as important partners who can provide education and counseling to patients with high blood pressure.
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