February also reminds us to take care of our hearts and consider our risk factors. Believe it or not, heart disease can happen at any age. However, some risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable. American Heart Month teaches us how we can help reduce our risks while eliminating those we have control over. Do you have one of these risk factors for cardiovascular disease? Obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

February is Low Vision Awareness Month: Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many older adults in your community. Low vision can make it harder to do things like reading, shopping, or cooking. And standard treatments — like eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicines, and surgery — can’t fix it completely.

But there’s good news! Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision learn how to stay independent and make the most of their sight. Low Vision Awareness Month is a time to spread the word about about vision rehabilitation and how people with low vision can live full, active lives.

Observed every year on February 14th, National Donor Day is an observance dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation. By educating and sharing the Donate Life message, we can each take small steps every day to help save and heal more lives, and honor the donor’s legacy of generosity and compassion.

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