As a family member, you have a fundamental role in providing support to people with disabilities and need information and resources to support the family member to be healthy.
At the same time, it is critical that all family members focus on their own health. This is important not only for the well-being of the person and family as a whole but also so that the person with a disability learns good health habits from key people in his or her life.
On this page, you will find resources that you can use to support your family member as well as a few resources that may help you take charge of your own health.
Get Tips on Key Health Disparities
As we have been assessing people with intellectual disabilities, we have found three main health concerns. Check out the fact sheets below for more information on each of these issues and for practical tips you can use to help your family member improve their health.
Read Blogs and Watch Webinars
Over the past four years, HealthMeet has developed a wealth of resources for families. Read our blog posts on our health resources page for practical tips and resources you can use to help your family member improve his or her health. And, check out our webinar archive to learn about programs, research, and get tips on from experts in health and disability fields.
Visit the CDC Website
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website has resources for families of every shape and size who want to be healthy. Check out their healthy living website to learn how you can improve your family’s health.
What Else Can I Do?
Encourage your family member with a disability to take charge of their health; visit our self-advocacy resources page for online courses and resources that they can use. And, check with your local chapter of The Arc to learn more about any health or exercise programs in which your family can participate!