'This Year, I Resolve ...'

Article Highlights:
  • These health care resolutions are good any time of year, not just at New Year's.
  • Maintain or improve physical and mental health by scheduling regular checkups, locating and using community resources, advocating for legislative change and getting involved with your MDA team.
by Annie Kennedy on December 31, 2009 - 1:14am

QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1

As you make your list of 2010 New Year’s resolutions, here are some items worth adding:

I resolve to let my elected officials know what issues matter to me...

With health reform discussions winding down, Congress soon will turn its attention to an extensive backlog of legislative matters. We want the issues that matter to the MDA community to be at the forefront of elected leaders’ agendas. To see a complete list of legislation being tracked by MDA, visit www.mda.org/advocacy.

I resolve to schedule my annual doctor appointments...

Now is the perfect time to set up this year’s appointments with your MDA clinic, as well as your cardiologist, pulmonologist, orthopedist and others. And remember, having a neuromuscular disease doesn’t exempt you from regular age- and gender-related screenings. Speak with your primary care physician about which health professionals should be on your health care team. For more information about your rights to access within the medical community, read “Just Hop Up on the Table…” (Quest November-December 2006).

I resolve to locate vital resources within my community...

This is a terrific time to learn about helpful community resources such as your local Center for Independent Living, Social Security Administration, state vocational rehabilitation department, Veterans Affairs (for veterans), and state department of education. Your local MDA office or MDA clinic social worker can point out many resources for which you’re qualified.

I resolve to contact my local MDA team to learn about ways to get involved...

Our local teams are eager to meet new members of our MDA community and reconnect with longtime MDA families. Please know that your MDA team would love to hear about your ideas for programs and events and include you in existing activities.

All of us at MDA wish you a healthy and joyous 2010!

Annie Kennedy is MDA’s vice president for Advocacy. She’s based in Washington, D.C.

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