Church Life: Health & Wellness
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Links to health information

Grace's Health and Wellness Ministry promotes healthy living habits and assists members who are struggling with health and caregiving issues. Here are some helpful links to information on health and medical issues.

Information on general health and specific diseases

Use these web sites to learn more about specific medical issues.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Information and resources for consumers and professionals on public health, wellness and disease.

National Institutes of Health
Links to research information and clinical trials, as well as information on many medical issues.

WebMD
Basic background on many medical issues.

HealthFinder
The health information site of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mayo Clinic
Another online resource for a information on various diseases and conditions as well as health lifestyles.

Learning and Living Well
Links to information from states' Cooperative Extension agenices, providing information on nutrition, food safety and health lifestyles.

Caregiving

Caring for a family member or friend with significant medical problems presents many challenges. Use these resources to find support and information on caregiving and serving as a health advocate for another person.

Family Caregiver Alliance
A wide variety of resources, including fact sheets, caregiving tips, links to state agencies and services, as well as public policy information.

National Alliance for Caregiving
Non-profit coalition of national organizations on family caregiving.

Directory of caregiving agencies and businesses
Use this site to find local resources

Lending of medical equipment
Besides Grace's Lending Closet, medical equipment can also be borrowed from Oak Park Township. The program also accepts donation of used equipment.

Medicare’s information page on nursing home care, including an interactive tool for comparing nursing homes.

CaringInfo.com.  
Easy-to-use site from the UK for assessing care needs and plans.

Alzheimer's Organization
Support and information for those with dementia and their caregivers.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Non-profit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. Includes information on palliative care and a “Find a Provider” feature.

Domestic Violence

Grace's health ministry recognizes the need for congregations to assist individuals who are victims of abuse with referrals to appropriate professionals as well as spiritual support. Here are some resources.

Pillars Community
Local social service agency offering services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Faith Trust Institute
FaithTrust Institute offers a wide range of services and resources, including educational materials such as “Learn the Basics.”

Article from the ELCA on congregations’ responsibility to address bullying.

Spiritual Help for Abuse Victims
Guidance on providing spiritual support to survivors of abuse

Mental health issues

The Grace Health Cabinet observes Mental Illness Awareness Month during February. Here are some resources.

WebMd
Information on specific mental health diagnoses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The consumer organization for mental health issues.