2012-08-17 / Health & Medical

Looking for Long Term Care Insurance? Look no further we have the answers.

The Todd Benefits Group (TBG) began by specializing in long-term care Insurance when it first opened its doors in a small office in Old Orchard Beach in May of 1990. The Todd Benefits Group works with employees of corporations, universities and law firms, as a trusted partner to extend the company’s ability to provide expert guidance with long-term care coverage benefits.

As the business blossomed, Roch Rodrigue, the CEO and President of The Todd Benefits Group, purchased the historic Atkinson Building in 2000 and moved the company to its current home at 209 Main Street in Saco.

In 2007, a long-standing client came to Roch with a new challenge. They asked for help assisting their employees as they turn 65 and transition from the employerprovided health care coverage into. In response, Roch founded AFI Benefits and began helping retirees nationwide to understand their health and prescription plan options. Looking back at the first five years, Roch believes that it really comes down to understanding individual needs and making a personal connection. “Helping to educate these retirees is key as they go through this somewhat overwhelming transition. We try to take a process that could be totally confusing for people and make it as straightforward and simple as humanly possible.”

AFI Benefits is a locally-owned and operated business which, together with its sister company The Todd Benefits Group, have been serving clients nationwide for over two decades. Now it’s time to bring the focus back home. “We think it is time to take our expertise and help the people here in Maine understand what healthcare options they have when it comes to turning 65 or retiring from an employer group plan” says Roch.

Planning for retirement and healthcare can be a whirlwind. It’s nice to have a nationally-respected advocate right in your own neighborhood at no cost to you. If you have questions about your options, you can contact the Todd Benefits Group or AFI Benefits at 888-234-6578 or stop in and see them at 209 Maine Street, Suite 201, Saco ME.

Adapted Home & Business helps you remain in your home

Accessibility can sometimes be as simple as changing door handles, or as involved as installing lifts or ramps. For either, the process of making your home or business compatible to aging family members or customers with disabilities begins with a call to Adapted Home & Business.

Adapted Home & Business is dedicated to “making sureweir customers lead full lives through better accessibility,” says Marc Fournier, Sales Consultant for the South Portland company. The practical details of access and compatibility are what Marc urges families and businesses to think about. “Families need to be planning now for their future, or for mom or dad.” Marc says. Time is of the essence when thinking about “Aging in Place,” which means growing old safely and comfortably while living at home.

Parents may not have to move in with their children, but installing grab bars, lifts, stair rails, or ramps in homes that aging family members may visit should be considered.

“Millions of Americans are living longer, more active lives.” Marc says.” Incorporating the philosophy of Universal Design into your home can greatly improve the visitability of your home for elderly or disabled family members. We have Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) that can evaluate your space and give you a detailed report recommending the perfect products and adaptations to meet your needs. It’s something every family should consider.”

With architects, service technicians, and occupational therapists on staff, a complete consultation from Adapted Home & Business for making a home or business accessible is readily available before any work begins. “For instance, having an architect on staff fully conversant with ADA standards makes us unique,” says Marc. “Building within ADA guidelines can help you expand your business to reach out to over 50 million Americans with disabilities. Giving access to that 20% of the population can be a huge boost to many businesses.”

The client list of Adapted Home & Business includes Bowdoin College, the State of Maine, the cities of Portland and South Portland; and many churches, schools, court rooms, and private homes statewide.

Because Adapted Home & Business consults, designs, and installs systems to make public buildings compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, they are also adept at home designs that combine access and aesthetics. “People want the highest level of access while making things as seamless and invisible as possible,” Marc says.

To learn more about services offered by Adapted Home & Business and Alpha One, call 1-800-722-1371 or visit www.adaptedhomeandbusiness.com

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, up in the low return rate he has. Mark can make the best assessment You can reach Mark Vail at 284- of what the person’s needs are. 9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Sometimes, he visits people at their Call today and you’ll be hearing better places of work because of concerns soon. there. This attention to detail shows

By visiting people in their homes, up in the low return rate he has. Mark can make the best assessment You can reach Mark Vail at 284- of what the person’s needs are. 9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Sometimes, he visits people at their Call today and you’ll be hearing better places of work because of concerns soon. there. This attention to detail shows

Senior Center at Lower Village connects seniors from all walks of life

The traditional Yankee quilt expresses many of the values shared at the Center. In years past, as today, a quilt represents a group of people who come together in the spirit of friendship, loyalty and cooperation to create something beautiful and lasting.

From many diverse and seemingly unrelated pieces of cloth, through the delicate work of many hands, the quilt grows into a fitting testament to people working toward a common goal. The quilt is much like the Center. Many people work to create a warm and friendly gathering place.

Seniors from all walks of life and all income levels bring their individual skills and dedication together to share in activities and programs at the Center and in the community. The individual achievement and the shared times stitch together a marvelous fabric of life renewed, friendships born and dreams inspired.

If you enjoy lunching out, traveling, learning new things, playing cards, yoga, current events, book clubs, volunteering, forums on health & fitness … and meeting new people, you’ll love spending time at the Senior Center at Lower Village.

The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Other services they provide are Tender Loving Calls (TLC) and Friends in Service Helping (FISH). TLC is a telephone reassurance program and FISH is a transportation service which helps those unable to travel get to their appointments. Another special program is the Elder Elves which provides Christmas gift bags to seniors missing friends and family at the holidays.

If you would like to become a member of the Senior Center at Lower Village you are invited to visit them at 175 Port Road in Kennebunk. You may also call 207-967- 8514 or check them out online at www.seniorcenterkennebunk.org

Get comprehensive eye exams from Dr. Jo Johnson

Dr. Jo Johnson has been serving the eyecare needs of York County since 1977. A fully licensed medical doctor whose specialty is ophthalmology, Dr. Jo (as many of her patients call her) provides both medical and surgical eyecare. She operates at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford where she does cataract and implant surgery.

In her offices, Dr. Johnson offers comprehensive eye exams to look for signs of glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, lyme disease and many other diseases. She treats eye diseases and injuries and also prescribes glasses. The emphasis is on meeting the personal eyecare needs of her patients and evaluating the health of their eyes.

Dr. Johnson takes the time to get to know her patients and their medical histories. She has the knowledge and experience to assist her patients in making sensible decisions concerning their health and the health of their eyes. Her warm and supportive approach to her patients makes her an ideal choice for your family’s eyecare needs. Dr. Johnson sees children through seniors and accepts most insurances including Medicare and Mainecare.

She has offices in 2 convenient locations: Kimball Health Center, 333 Lincoln Street, Saco • 283-3676 and Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road (RTE. 1), Wells • 985-2020

Marty Layne Audiology will help you with hearing loss

Marty Layne is a professional audiology practice with Doctors of Audiology on staff who can give you a hearing test to diagnose whether you have a hearing problem.

If you do, their audiologists can explain it and recommend treatment that might include hearing aids to give you the boost you need to hear well again. You’ll leave with a full understanding of your hearing loss – and what you can do about it.

Along with complete evaluations, they also offer hearing aid cleaning and service, same-day repairs and sales of virtually all models, brands and types of hearing instruments. You don’t need to nod your head as if you heard. You can start listening, laughing and enjoying life again. Our clinical audiologists will help you do that.

Marty Layne Audiology has three convenient locations. The Kennebunk office is at the Goodall Health Center at 2 Livewell Dr., Ste 203. Scarborough office is at 23 Spring Street or in Saco, 301 Main Street.

FMI visit them at www.martylayneaudiology.com.

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: One of the most horrific words a person can hear concerning their own health is cancer. Cancer will scare the daylight out of you. While cancer treatments have come a long way in prolonging and saving lives, the mainstay of cancer treatment, chemotherapy is downright barbaric. I say barbaric, not in a mean spirited way (it has saved many lives), but a factual way. Chemotherapy is designed to kill the body’s cellular tissue. Along the way, the body can become deathly ill. The theory is that the cancer cells will be killed off before the body is negatively harmed. A recent survey of oncologists found that they would choose not to have chemotherapy if they were diagnosed with terminal cancer. They have seen first hand how the treatment can negatively affect the body. An article published July 11th, 2012 on Mercola.com stated that “chemotherapy destroys healthy cells throughout your body right along with cancer cells, a “side effect” that often leads to accelerated death, not healing; it is also known to encourage the growth of the treatment-resistant cells within tumors, making the cancer more deadly as a result.” The killing off of body cells is called cytotoxicity (Cyto ~ cells, toxicity ~ death). Some major inroads have been made in the field of “selective cytotoxicity.” Selective cytotoxicity is the ability to target specific cells (cancer cells) and leave other cells (healthy cells) alone. Have you ever eaten pineapple? Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple stems was found to be selectively cytotoxic. In fact, when compared to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorauracil, bromelain was found to be superior in treating cancer in animals. Bromelain can be helpful in treating cancer because it helps restore balance to the immune system as well as targeting cancer cells with its selective cytotoxic ability. An apple a day keeps the doctor way. How about a pineapple a day?

Thought for the Month: Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~John Diamond

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Chiropractic care for older people may reduce deaths and injuries fromfallsaccordingtoresearcherstaking part in a study by Auckland University and the Chiropractic Research Centre (CRC) at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic on the neuro-physiological effects of chiropractic on the brain. `In the past ten years, researchers at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic have objectively demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments can change aspects of nervous system function including the way the brain controls muscles, responds to sensory stimuli and controls limb function which are all important when it comes to preventing falls.’

For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

MASSAGE... A vacation for your body!

Are you looking to enhance your vacation? Or perhaps you’re looking for relief from chronic pain that can actually improve your health. Reduce pain, sleep better, relax, and increase your body awareness through massage, acupuncture and private yoga sessions. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism naturally. Put yourself in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft. We have 10 practitioners with over 50 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture and yoga.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands.

Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day in spite of your pain? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All of our therapists are trained in gua sha and cupping, vigorous soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective working out stubborn old injurues and revitalizing damaged tissues. Looking for something soothing? Enjoy our hot stone massage. It doesn’t have to be winter!

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification.. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC, and CSI. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN SUNDAYS Please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

HELP! I THINK I HAVE A HEARING LOSS!

Do you feel you’re not hearing as well as you used to? That everyone around you is mumbling or family members complain the TV is too loud. Hearing loss happens gradually you may not even notice what you’re missing. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is getting a free hearing evaluation from Hearing Essentials to determine if you even have a hearing loss. If you do our friendly staff will guide through the path to better hearing. We have an extensive knowledge of the best technologies to suit your needs and price, we also offer payment plans for your convenience. Don’t be afraid to address your hearing loss because you think hearing aids are for “ old people”, hearing loss effects all ages and hearing aids today are smaller and better than your parent’s old aids. If you want to learn more call for an appointment and we will be happy to enlighten you. Call HEARING ESSENTIALS today for your free hearing evaluation at either of our offices Waterboro 207-247- 6328 or Kittery 207-703-0415 you’ll be glad you did.

New England Family Healthcare is willing to care for you or your loved

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 767-7339 for a free consultation.

One woman’s story of unwanted hair

Samantha (name changed) is 35 years old. She is happy to share her story with readers because her story is compelling and her message is clear. Unwanted facial hair is a major aggravation, but there is a solution. It is electrolysis.

At age 16, Samantha began to produce breast milk. Her mother took her to an Endocrinologist who found that Samantha has a tumor on her pituitary gland. One of the many hormones that the pituitary gland produces prolactinit ‘tells’ the body to produce milk after childbirth. She was given assurance that the tumor is benign. She was prescribed bromocriptine which brought the lactation issue to rest. Samantha stayed on bromocriptine for 10 years. She had to be on it in order to conceive, but off it once she was pregnant.

Samantha had 2 children. She developed gestational diabetes with both pregnancies. Then, when she was 33, she started experiencing irregular menses and a ferocious onset of dark, coarse hair on her face, neck, and chest. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Samantha has 2 sisters who also have PCOS.

I asked Samantha to tell me what her emotions were at that time. She said that having such dark, coarse facial hair lowered her self esteem. She did not want to be seen in public. She began isolating herself. When asked to explain what electrolysis has done for her, she stated that she feels better and is hopeful knowing the hair is disappearing. She knows that women want to look and feel feminine. With electrolysis her outlook is better. Her advice to readers? Don’t wait til you’re older to start electrolysis. Getting rid of the hair at a young age allows you to enjoy life more at a younger age.

Do you have a story to tell or want more information? Call Judy Worcester at 205-2146 or visit www.biddefordelectrolysis.com.

Having your teeth extracted? No need to be without Dentures!

Call Denture Solutions in Kennebunk. They can make dentures for you before your extraction appointment. This means that you won’t have to go without teeth! Don’t worry about the added cost of adjustments and most relines during the healing process; they are included in your treatment plan. This may be necessary because as your gums heal, shrinkage occurs causing your denture to become loose and ill-fitting. They also have a lower locking denture technique that uses anatomy in your jaw to give you a snug fit. And, if you are concerned that your dentures will

be artificial looking, your mind can be put at ease! Since this is not a temporary denture, the same quality and fabrication techniques are used as with replacement dentures. As an added bonus, with the correct bite and replication of lost facial tissue restored in your dentures, fine lines and wrinkles could be diminished around your nose and mouth. For more information give them a call at 207 985 0210 or go to www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com. Affordable payment plans are available along with Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

Sustainable Self Care Health Care

Art of Awareness provides psychotherapy and body centered practices. Our approach is client centered and supports sustainable self care. We are currently accepting new clients for Individual, Couples, Family Therapy, a variety of Therapy Groups, our Flexible Intensive Treatment (FIT) Program, and Personalized Yoga Classes.

The Art of Awareness Wellness Center is run by a collaboration of licensed therapists in South Portland. Our therapists are trained to provide therapeutic services for a wide range of mental health issues. The center provides services for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Related Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Substance Abuse, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, LGBT concerns, Grief, and Loss. We accept most commercial health insurance policies.

We offer services to adults, teens, and children.

If you are interested in Group Therapy, please contact us to find out which groups are currently being provided. We offer the following groups: A Coping Skills Group (which is a modified DBT group), an Overcoming Overeating Group, Trauma Treatment groups, Disordered Eating Groups, Teen Wellness Groups, and Art Therapy Groups.

Our FIT Program is an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program and is offered from 4:30pm to 7:30pm three nights a week. The FIT Program provides treatment for a variety of mental health concerns and specializes in services for Trauma Related Disorders and Disordered Eating.

Ida O’Donnell, LCSW; Leslie Connolly, LCSW; Mindy Miller-Muse, LCSW, RTY; Emily Roberson, LCSW; Carol Gray-Kennedy, LCPC; Fleur Hopper, LCSW; Judith Day, LCSW; Stephanie Duley, LCPC, and Meghan Gorchoff, LCPC work together as the center’s treatment team.

We have a vision of the Center being a place where safety, balance, and creative healing are the foundation of our work.

Please contact us at 207-799-1331 ext. 101 to discuss your treatment needs and to inquire about our services. Art of Awareness is located at 813 Broadway in South Portland. View our website at www.artofawareness.org.

MedCOR... Dedicated to Patients’ Speedy Recovery

MedCOR Now Open: U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough, behind Lois’ Natural Marketplace

Have you, your son, or daughter sustained a sports injury? Do you have a parent who needs help managing the physical challenges of aging? If so, there’s a new business in Scarborough that may be able to help.

Scarborough residents Kelly and Mark Hassett, owners of Mainebased MedCOR Professionals, are dedicated to health and to their clients’ successful recovery from illness and/or injury. Although they have been in business since 1995, the Hassetts have recently opened a retail store at 152 U.S. Route 1 where they offer exercise and medical equipment as well as rehabilitation supplies that help people to get moving after an illness or injury.

MedCORprovidessplints,orthotic bracing and soft goods that provide full body support, canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, knee walkers, rollators, compression stockings, as well as products that increase bath safety and aid daily living. The company also sells equipment that alleviates pain caused by ailments like chronic arthritis. If you have a doctor’s recommendation, many private insurance companies as well as Medicare will help you pay for this equipment.

To see if they can help you or your loved one speed up a recovery, visit MedCOR or call (207) 222-2828.

Do you want to smile again with confidence?

If you are one of the thousands of people who are nervous about going to the dentist, or you have been told, “Don’t by a baby”, then you definitely need to meet Dr. Anthony Altieri at Gentle Dental Care in Arundel, Maine.

Are you having trouble eating because of broken or painful teeth but are too scared to pick up the phone and call a dentist? Do you want to smile again with confidence? Dr. Altieri and his Team are part of small group of dentists in the State of Maine that are trained and perform ORAL SEDATION DENTISTRY for the most relaxing dental experience you can dream of.

He is a member of DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation), which oversees all aspects of the medical training and implementation of safe Oral Sedation Dentistry.

Dr. Altieri and his entire Team have helped hundreds of nervous and anxious patients find the road back to healthy, natural smile. Get all of your dental care performed in as few appointments as possible with ORAL SEDATION DENTISTRY at Gentle Dental Care in Arundel, Maine.

For more information call Gentle Dental Care, (207) 985-3576 or visit us on our website at www.gdcmaine.com At Gentle Dental Care, it’s not just our name, it’s our promise!

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