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World Kidney Day focuses on empowering patients

Release date: 3/8/2021

Theme for 2021 is “Living Well with Kidney Disease.”

World Kidney Day is March 11 and people around the globe are calling attention to kidney health. The theme for 2021 is “Living Well with Kidney Disease.”

“Kidney disease may be invisible to outsiders, but illness and treatments can be overwhelming for patients and their families,” said Jeremy Morlock, director of the Kidney Foundation of Western New York. “This year’s focus is on empowering people with kidney disease and building support in our community.”

Kidney disease can cause fatigue, pain, gastrointestinal problems and sleep problems. Depression and social isolation are often challenges for people with kidney disease, especially in its advanced stages.

The organizers of World Kidney Day stated, “People living with kidney disease want to be able to live well, maintain an active social life, and have a sense of control over their health and wellbeing.”

Treatment plans often focused on survival. In surveys, people dealing with kidney disease say they care more about engaging in meaningful life activities. These include work, family time, travel, sports, social engagements and recreational activities. 

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York joins health organizations around the world in calling for patient-centered care and shared decision-making.  

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The Kidney Foundation of Western New York works to increase awareness of kidney disease, provide education on kidney health, and support patients and their families. The locally based non-profit serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

For more information on World Kidney Day, visit
https://www.worldkidneyday.org/2021-campaign/2021-wkd-theme/ and https://www.worldkidneyday.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/21_KI_WKD_2021_LivingWellWithKidneyDis_.pdf