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June 30, 2022

Rock Creek Senior Living is Raising Awareness for Men’s Health Month

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Leona Harkins, Director of Wellness

Men’s Health Month was created in 1992 to raise awareness of the importance of proper screenings, early detection, and obtaining regular medical advice for men and to encourage young men to implement self-care and a healthy lifestyle. Studies show a significant difference between the health of men and the health of women, as men are less likely to seek treatment for preventable diseases. 

I feel there are barriers to men seeking treatment. They tend to feel it is a masculine norm to not go to the doctor because they are supposed to be tough or push through the pain. Also, men find it difficult to make appointments at times available to them due to work schedules and other obligations.

A few simple changes can be made to create a healthy lifestyle. Men can decrease the number of fast foods they eat that are loaded with sodium and unhealthy fat. Another change that can be made is drinking more water and less caffeinated beverages. Adding exercise to their day, even if it is just walking, can help create a healthy lifestyle.

Men can improve their overall health and decrease their risk for serious diseases and illnesses by going to the doctor for routine checkups. It is also important to schedule age-appropriate testing and screenings in order to catch any issue while it is in early stages.

At Rock Creek Senior Living Ankeny, IA, we take the health and well-being of our male residents, whether in Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care, very seriously.

Healthy lifestyles and self-care for most men start only when needed. Preventative screenings, along with regular checkups while younger, can help lead to a healthier, richer, and more enjoyable life in the later years for men.

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, Iowa offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Nestled in the Boulder Brook Park subdivision just north of 5th Street, residents of Rock Creek enjoy a close connection with the surrounding neighborhood with tree-lined walking paths that connect directly to local family homes; just minutes away from local shopping and attractions.

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