Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day During COVID-19

Published: June 11, 2020

Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day During COVID-19

Father’s Day is right around the corner, but it can be tough to show Dad just how much you care if you can’t see him in person. Whether your father is living somewhere far away, in a skilled nursing facility, or just on the other side of town, sitting down together may not be possible.

June is also Men’s Health Month—typically a month where we encourage men to get their physicals, talk to their doctors, or get outside for more exercise or other activities. However, many areas still under a Stay at Home order or limited to essential trips only. So what can you do to show that special person in your life how much they mean to you, and also encourage the men in your life to take an active role in their health?

Consider virtual visits

These days, virtual visits are incredibly popular and have become easier than ever to arrange. Video (or even traditional audio) calls are an excellent temporary substitute for in-person visits.

If your dad lives in a senior living facility, be sure to contact the staff beforehand for more information on scheduling and what apps they may use. If your dad is using his own device, you can also ask the staff to help him set up any apps he may need.

If your dad lives independently, consider arranging to eat a meal with him during this call! This can be especially fun during a video call; it’s just like sitting at the same table!

Shop online

If you’re thinking about getting that special guy a gift, shop online! Many of your local stores may offer special delivery options given the times, so consider getting him a gift from a local business. You might be able to have a special meal delivered to him from a local restaurant—these businesses need our support now more than ever, so not only are you getting dad something special, you’re also supporting local business owners!

What about Dad’s health?

Getting to the doctor can be tricky right now. But men lead women in 14 of the top 15 causes of death in the United States, so taking an active role in your loved one’s (and your own, of course!) health is even more crucial. Here are some key areas to consider:

  • Heart Health. Cardiovascular disease kills almost 400,000 men each year. Risk factors for diseases of the heart and blood vessels, such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, can begin in the thirties.
  • Diabetes. This chronic disease can be life-threatening if it is not controlled. Complications include heart disease and stroke, blindness or vision problems, nerve damage, kidney damage, gum disease, sleep apnea, and depression.
  • Prostate Health. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer.
  • Colorectal (Colon) Cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in men, after prostate cancer and lung cancer.
  • Skin Cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, men are more likely to develop skin cancers than women.

This Father’s Day, show Dad you care by reminding him to talk to his doctor about any recommended screenings he may need.