Health and Wellness News

"Pain May Be a Fact of Life, but There Is Help and Hope for Relief"

September is Pain Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Chronic Pain Association. The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) shares resources and research findings on pain, pain management, and how pain can impact the abilities of people with disabilities to participate in community activities.

Video Series: Living with Low Vision

This five-part video series from the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) features people with low vision and vision professionals discussing how low vision is diagnosed, modifications and technologies people can use to support independence, and reaching out for support from family and community members. Each video is available in English and Spanish.

Principles for Person-Directed Services and Supports During Serious Illness

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) developed these principles in consultation with stakeholders to ensure that people who have serious illnesses are able to control their care and services.

Planning for Crisis: Psychiatric Advance Directives

Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are legal documents that detail a person’s preferences for medical treatment during a mental health crisis, and may also name a trusted individual who can make treatment decisions on behalf of the person. In a recent study, researchers found that many individuals with serious mental illnesses chose to develop such directives when offered information and support to do so.

New Factsheets: Burn Injury and TBI

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has released two new factsheets on burn injury and traumatic brain injury (TBI), each available in English and Spanish: