Chronic Disease Month: The Importance of Holistic Care

July is Chronic Disease Month, dedicated to highlighting the importance of comprehensive care for individuals living with chronic conditions. In addition, we recognize Chronic Disease Day on July 10th each year. 

While doctor’s appointments and medications play crucial roles in managing chronic diseases, true holistic care, and the comprehensive support needed by individuals with rare and chronic diseases, extends far beyond these medical interventions. It encompasses the entire spectrum of a person’s life, including their physical, emotional, and social well-being.

During Chronic Disease Month, it’s important to recognize the multifaceted approach needed for effective disease management including self-care practices, utilizing community resources, and finding patient assistance organizations, all of which can collectively improve the quality of life for anyone managing a chronic condition.


Self-care is vital to managing rare or chronic health conditions. Regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or yoga can enhance physical health, reduce symptoms, and boost mood. Even a little bit of movement can have a profound impact. 

In addition, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains is also crucial for managing symptoms and overall health. Individuals can learn more about self-care as it relates to their specific condition by speaking with their healthcare provider or consulting with a nutritionist or dietician who can offer personalized dietary advice. For general information, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and sites like MyPlate offer tools and resources for creating a healthy eating plan tailored to specific needs. 

Mental health practices, including mindfulness, meditation, and counseling are imperative as they can significantly alleviate stress and anxiety for individuals and their caregivers. Resources and information about mental health can be found at or NAMI. Techniques such as mindfulness and guided meditation can also be explored through mobile apps like Headspace and Calm.

Community Resources

Finding a support system can significantly alleviate stress, and it is often available within local communities. Support groups, both online and in person, offer emotional support and practical advice, creating a comforting sense of community and understanding. Organizations like the Chronic Disease Coalition provide valuable resources and connections.

Local health programs, such as exercise classes, workshops, and educational sessions, also provide valuable resources and foster a supportive environment tailored to chronic disease management. An easy way to get started in your area is by contacting your nearest YMCA to learn more about their offerings which include various health and wellness programs for individuals and families of all ages.

Patient advocacy organizations can provide resources, advocacy, and support. These disease-focused organizations offer educational materials, research funding, and platforms for raising awareness. 

Healthcare providers and local health departments can also provide insights into community resources or advocacy organizations that may be helpful. Additionally, is a great online resource for finding assistance locally.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is essential for many individuals, and numerous organizations offer grants and funds to help cover the costs of medications, treatments, and other healthcare needs. Accessia Health’s patient programs provide financial assistance that helps pay insurance premiums, medication copays, healthcare travel costs, and other eligible medical expenses. 

Many hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies offer financial assistance programs, including discounts, payment plans, or free services based on income level and medical needs. Websites such as GoodRx and RxAssist can help reduce medication costs by providing discounts and coupons for prescription drugs, making essential medications more affordable. 

Chronic Disease Month is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of holistic care in managing chronic conditions. By focusing on self-care, utilizing community resources, and engaging with organizations like Accessia Health, individuals and caregivers can find renewed hope and improved quality of life. Let’s continue to support comprehensive care strategies that address the whole person, fostering better health outcomes and improved quality of life for those affected by chronic diseases. 

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