What is Monkeypox?
A rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death.
Symptoms include rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face. Before or after the rash appears, there may be Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue.
How does it spread?
Monkeypox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals. This includes:
Direct contact with monkeypox sores or rashes on an individual who has monkeypox,
Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from someone with monkeypox, particularly for those who have close contact with someone or are around them for a long period of time.
Contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, towels) that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
Protect yourself with simple steps, which are especially important for those who may be at higher risk for severe disease, including people with weakened immune systems:
Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with monkeypox.
Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox-related symptoms.
If you are exposed or experience symptoms, make sure to reach out to a health care provider.
Follow reputable sources of health information, including NYSDOH, CDC, and your local county health department.
If you experience symptoms:
New Yorkers who experience symptoms, such as characteristic rashes or lesions, should contact their health care provider for a risk assessment. This includes anyone who traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported or has had contact with someone who has a similar rash, or who received a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed monkeypox.
Resilience: Being Able to Bounce Back Is A Skill You Can Build
Building resilience helps you to develop inner strength so you can rebound from a setback or challenge. Being resilient can protect you from mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and it can improve your coping ability. Without resilience, you might dwell on problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Resilience won't make your problems go away — but it can give you the ability to see past them.
Tips for improving resilience
Build relationships with people who can support you and/or celebrate good times with you. Volunteering or joining an organization you believe in can help too.
Find meaning in your day. Celebrate the things you accomplish and keep goals manageable.
Learn. How have you coped with hardships in the past? Consider using those strategies with problems that come up. Also journaling about it can reinforce the lessons you've learned.
Keep hope alive. The past can't be changed, but remember to look toward the future. If change is coming, anticipation of that will make it easier to adapt to.
Take care of yourself. This includes physical and mental health, but also quality of life. Participate in things you enjoy, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and move your body.
Be proactive. When you face troubles, make a plan and take action. Your situation can improve if you work on it.
For more information, visit the Mayo Clinic here.
STDs and Older Adults
STD/STI Awareness Month is a CDC campaign to bring visibility to Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections and how they impact people's lives, and the importance of testing and prevention. People in LGBTQ+ individuals and communities face a Lack of adequate medical care and discrimination in healthcare leaving them at higher risk.
STDs are often thought of as concern for young people, but they affect people of all ages. In 2018, people age 50 and older made up 20% all new chlamydia cases. Also, syphilis cases among older adults increased by 50%. Half all peope living with HIV/AIDS are age 50 and older, and they make up 17% of new cases. Your doctor may not think to ask you about STDs and STIs. If you have a concern, ask.
For more info on the CDC STD/STI Awareness month, see
For info on older adults and sexual health, see
Did you know
that the Food Bank
of Central New York offers a
co-op for everyone?
Food $en$e is a monthly food buying co-op for anyone who wants to stretch their grocery dollars. The program provides a monthly box of 12-15 staple grocery items at a discounted price.
Each package costs $20.50. There is no limitation to the number
of packages you may buy. While the items vary from month to month,
the package always includes:
4-5 meat items like chicken, ground beef or fish
4-5 staple pantry items like pasta, soup, and rice
2 fresh produce items like apples, carrots or oranges
All of the cool kids are doing it -- colorectal cancer screenings
It might be the time to have "the talk" with your younger relatives and friends. You can see it in action in the video here, entitled "The Bums and the Bees." Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). If you’re 45 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 45 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you’re older than 75, talk to your doctor about screening. Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms,
especially at first. That is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important