Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Health Education Fact Sheets

Health Education Fact Sheets

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A crisis is an emotional upset that is caused by an unexpected event such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, an illness or a family conflict. A crisis may leave you feeling helpless and unable to cope.

Smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco is mentally and physically addictive. More than 45,000 Canadians over the age of 35 are estimated to die every year as a direct result of smoking. Tobacco use increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, pregnancy complications, stomach problems and gum problems.

Venous leg ulcers can occur in both men and women; and may develop as a result of any injury to the leg or conditions such as varicose vein, blood clot in the leg, multiple pregnancies, overweight and standing for long periods of time (e.g., job related situations).

As people age, some experience changes to their vision, unsteady gait and poor balance. Others are affected by health problems like arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and side effects from taking multiple medications. These are only some of the many potential risk factors.

Pressure ulcers or bedsores are caused by constant pressure that damages the skin and underlying tissue. They can develop in a very short time period and take longer to heal. They may have a huge impact on your every day life, as normal activities can be restricted while the ulcer heals.