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National AIDS Awareness Month
National AIDS Awareness Month is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died from HIV.
For more information about practicing safe sex,
National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month
No person should suffer the tragedy of losing someone as a result of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving, but for far too long the danger of impaired driving has robbed people of the comfort of knowing that when they or a loved one leaves home they will return safely. Impaired driving puts drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk, and each year it claims the lives of thousands of Americans. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing these incidents by acting responsibly and by promoting responsible behavior in those around us. Together, we can enhance public safety and work to ensure a happy, healthy life for all our people.
To watch a video about how you can drive safely,
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th)
December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This day is observed annually in the United States to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens who were killed as a result of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7th.
Free Shipping Day (December 16th)
Free Shipping Day is an annual one-day event held in mid-December. On this promotional holiday, consumers get to shop from large and small online merchants that are offering free shipping with a guarantee of delivery by Christmas Eve.
For more information and a list of participating merchants,
Election Day – November 8th
Whether you don’t know if you’re registered to vote, can’t find your polling place, need a ballot, or need to learn about Maryland’s new voting system; MDoA has you covered! For all the Election Information you need,
National Family Caregivers Month
Our Nation was founded on the fundamental ideal that we all do better when we look out for one another, and every day, millions of Americans from every walk of life balance their own needs with those of their loved ones as caregivers. During National Family Caregivers Month, we reaffirm our support for those who give of themselves to be there for their family, friends, and neighbors in challenging times, and we pledge to carry forward the progress we have made in our health care system and workplaces to give caregivers the resources and flexibility they need.
Native American Heritage Month
As the First Americans, Native Americans have helped shape the future of the United States through every turn of our history. Today, young American Indians and Alaska Natives embrace open-ended possibility and are determining their own destinies.
During National Native American Heritage Month, we pledge to maintain the meaningful partnerships we have with tribal nations, and we renew our commitment to our nation-to- nation relationships as we seek to give all our children the future they deserve.
For more information about exhibits and collections, audio and video, and events,
Diabetes Awareness Month
Observed every November, this month is an important time to focus our nation’s attention on the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it. Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes.
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No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy,
Residents’ Rights Month
Residents’ Rights Month is celebrated in October to honor those living in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living, board and care, and retirement communities. It provides an opportunity for family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff, and others to focus awareness on the dignity, respect, and value of each individual resident. It also serves as a reminder to those living in a long-term care facility to learn about and exercise their rights.
People who live in nursing homes are protected by the 1987 federal
Nursing Home Reform Law
. The law requires nursing homes to care for its residents in a manner that promotes and enhances the quality of life of each resident while also ensuring dignity, choice, and self-determination. Some states include residents' rights in state law or regulation for licensed assisted living, and other board and care facilities. Regardless of the type of facility, all people who have made their homes in long-term care facilities maintain their rights as U.S. Citizens.
The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2016 is, "My Vote Matters" with the goal of highlighting residents' right to vote and participate in the political process. Consumer engagement, including the right to vote, is a cornerstone in our society. Consumers receiving long-term services and supports retain their voting rights no matter where they live or what type of care they receive.
During Residents’ Rights Month, we also recognize the
states’ long-term care ombudsman programs
staff and volunteers across the country. These individuals work daily to promote residents’ rights, assist residents with complaints, and provide information to those who need to find a long-term care facility.
PDF to learn more about history of Residents’ Rights Month
Disability Employment Awareness Month
Governor Larry Hogan has declared October Disability Employment Awareness Month in Maryland. Maryland joins numerous states and the federal government in using the month to recognize the immense contributions of workers with disabilities and the increased economic strength gained through a diverse workforce. Disability Employment Awareness Month is an important opportunity to create greater awareness of the skills individuals with disabilities bring to employers in every sector of Maryland's economy.
"Expanding employment opportunities and improving quality of life for all Marylanders, including those with disabilities, is one of our top priorities," said Governor Hogan. "People with disabilities are often underrepresented in our workforce, and it's essential that we work to make employers aware of the valuable skills and unique contributions these Marylanders make to our economy."
The Maryland Department of Disabilities will mark the month with a public awareness campaign throughout October. The campaign will provide information to potential employers on the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities. The department will also provide resources to Marylanders with disabilities seeking employment in their communities.
In celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month, Maryland PROMISE will premiere a short film highlighting an employment success story from one of their participants. The Maryland Department of Disabilities is the lead agency administering the federal PROMISE grant on behalf of the state of Maryland. Maryland is one of six grantees receiving funding for five years from the U.S. Department of Education to develop, implement, and evaluate a service model that promotes positive outcomes for youth whose families are in financial need and currently utilize public benefits. These outcomes include ensuring the participants receive case management support and early work experiences aimed at obtaining future opportunities for job training, employment, and education post high school.
"We are pleased to highlight the immense contributions workers with disabilities bring to the State's economy during October and throughout the year," said Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Betty. "In turn, we know businesses and employers who value an inclusive workforce are able to capitalize on this diversity, creating a more resilient and innovative economic climate in Maryland."
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, following skin cancer.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maryland health officials are recommending that women be screened regularly for breast cancer. When breast cancer is detected early, it can be easier to treat. According to Maryland Cancer Registry, in 2013, which is the most recent data available, age-adjusted incidence rate for female breast cancer in Maryland was 134 per 100,000 women based on 4,810 new breast cancer cases in a year.
“Breast cancer poses a threat to women of all ages and backgrounds, and in many cases early detection and action leads to more effective and successful treatment,” said Governor Hogan. “By raising awareness, we can increase screening rates and help people better understand, prevent, detect, and treat this terrible disease. We encourage all Marylanders to take necessary steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or detect the disease in its early stages, and to encourage their friends, family, and loved ones to do the same.”
According to medical experts, regular breast cancer screenings should begin at age 40. Women are encouraged to talk with their health care providers about the screening tests and other preventative care measures that are recommended for their age and risk factors. While breast cancer is less common in males, those with family histories of the disease are urged to share that history with their health care providers to determine if screening is needed.
In June 2015, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, he has committed to raising awareness and resources to help support those who are fighting all forms of cancer, and has been involved in numerous cancer outreach initiatives. The governor has been especially active in campaigns that raise awareness for pediatric cancer and support for childhood cancer patients, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Cool Kids Campaign. In November 2015, Governor Hogan announced that he was 100% cancer-free and in complete remission.
Senior Center Month
This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) invites you to celebrate the many ways participants
Find Balance at Your Center
as part of National Senior Center Month 2016! Every day, older adults find balance and whole person wellness at senior centers. Find a full list of Maryland Senior Centers at
Food Safety Education Month
September is also Food Safety Education Month. Did you know that 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne bacteria each year? Food safety is extremely important for older adults. Adults 65 and older are at an increased risk of serious complications from food poisoning, like hospitalization and death, because their weakened immune systems and changes to their bodies as they age. Visit FoodSafety.gov for more information.
September 22 - National Falls Prevention Awareness Day
September 22, 2016, the first day of fall, marks the 9th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
Falls are the leading cause of injury related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. The event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year’s event is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. The official social media hashtag is #FPAD2016.
Go to NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging Web site for
National Immunization Awareness Month
Immunization, or vaccination, helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.
Park and Recreation Month
This July, discover your super powers at your local parks and rec! When we work together to further health and wellness, conservation and social equity efforts, awesome things happen!
This year, the Park and Rec Brigade is here to help you discover your super powers at your local parks and recreation. Captain Community, the Green Guardian and the Fit Twins will guide you on your adventure during Park and Recreation Month.
Men’s Health Month
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
National Safety Month
Thousands of organizations across the country work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay SafeForLife. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.
Older American’s Month
May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again,
blazing a trail
of bright color. May is also when the nation celebrates Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our community. We are taking time to recognize the many ways older adults shape our state by
--advocating for peers, themselves, and their communities. They are giving back, starting anew, and redefining aging!
American Stroke and National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of adult disability. Many factors may affect a person’s risk for stroke, including high blood pressure. Many of the major risks for these conditions can be prevented and controlled through healthy lifestyle changes.
April is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH
Call MDoA 410-767-1100 to find out how you can volunteer with aging programs in your community
Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism
Maryland Food Bank
March is NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
American Heart Health Month
Medicare You: Heart Disease Video
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National Glaucoma Awareness Month
January is National Bath Safety Month
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