2013-11-22 / Health & Medical


For residents. Not for profit.

When it’s time to move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), there are two models to choose from – nonprofit and for-profit.

Few have a better understanding of the benefits of non-profit CCRCs than Keith Robertson, director of senior living at Ziegler Investment Banking

“Not-for-profit CCRCs like Piper Shores do it for the right reasons,” Robertson says. “To serve their residents with the highest quality care and to create the best lifestyle possible.”

Financial security is another benefit of nonprofit CCRCs, as CCRCs set aside funds to deal with unexpected hardship. “A strong balance sheet offers protection from blips in the economy,” Robertson says. “It offers a cushion.”

Most importantly, non-profit care means a commitment to investing in areas where for-profit entities typically cut corners, such as staff, dining services, activities, and more – precisely the things that make residents happier and healthier.

If Robertson were to choose a CCRC for himself, he knows one thing: “I would move into a nonprofit CCRC. It just feels better to me.”

Bartlett Acupuncture Opens in Scarborough

After twelve years in Asheville, NC, Kath Bartlett relocated her acupuncture practice to Oak Hill Plaza in Scarborough. Portland’s active, progressive community attracted Kath. She chose Scarborough for its convenient location to the Southern Maine communities.

“I have worked with many other alternative care practitioners and have found Kath truly exceptional: an expert in Chinese Medicine”, says Paula Sellers, VP Phoenix Possibilities, Inc. “She has a rather ‘take charge’ approach, assuring you she offers something substantial and well thought out, at the same time listening and adjusting new information I have given. I felt totally cared for, as though no stone was left unturned.”

Seacoast Physical Therapy

Seacoast PhysicalTherapy, located at 380 Elm St in Biddeford, Me, would like to introduce our new physical therapist, Matthew Tripp DPT to the practice. Matt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his doctorates in physical therapy at Franklin Pierce University. He brings to the practice a vast knowledge in rehabilitation of orthopedic issues, gait and balance disorders, and with vestibular problems resulting from inner ear conditions or concussion symptoms.

Seacoast Physical Therapy is an outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation practice that specializes in orthopedic and sports injuries. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in a friendly and encouraging environment. Our goal is to create an environment to help optimize your body's ability to heal. Having prompt, appropriate treatment can contribute to a faster recovery, which means returning sooner to work, daily activities, hobbies and sports.

Our clinic accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. However, please call in advance of your first visit so that we may verify our participation with your particular health plan and your specific insurance benefits. We offer flexible hours for scheduling, individualized treatment programs tailored to each patients needs, and a convenient location for easy access and parking.

Seacoast has been providing medical services for Biddeford and the surrounding area for the last two years and it has been a pleasure being part of the community. Again, we would like to welcome Matt to the practice and look forward to continuing to render physical therapy services to our patients.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: On November 5, Washington State voted on a law to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods. This is a huge deal as more and more studies are showing that genetically engineered foods can have a negative impact our health and the health of the environment. Most other countries require labeling so that consumers are aware of what types of food they are eating, which allows them to have a choice as to whether or not to purchase foods made from GMO sources. To take control of your health, you need to address your diet. Processed foods are one of the primary drivers of chronic disease, so switching from processed foods to natural (ideally organic) whole foods is the first step. Planting your own can go a long way toward healthier eating, and in the long run, it can provide incentive for industry-wide change, and a return to a diet of real food, for everyone, everywhere. Regardless of the season, where you live, and how much space you have, you can grow your own food. one of the simplest and most inexpensive alternatives is to grow sprouts. Whatever veggies you have left over you can easily ferment, which will provide you with superior, nutritious foods year-round.

Thought for the Month: Hightech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us? ~Annita Manning

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: It always amazes me that in this day and age I hear people say that they are afraid to go to the chiropractor. Yet they think nothing of taking drugs and medications that may kill them. Drugs and medications are the third largest cause of death in our country. Every time you take a pill, you are gambling with your health. Take them over time and you are gambling with life and death. A chiropractor’s malpractice insurance is cheaper than his car insurance! Can any other medical practitioner say that? I think not. So, what is there to be scared of?

For more information about gentle, wellness Chiropractic care, call Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Centre at 283-1168 or check out our webpage www.rolnickchiropractic.com.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

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 699-4663 for a free consultation.

Consider a lower locking denture for a more

Many denture wearers come to their dental practitioner frustrated with their lower denture. The most common complaints stem from it being ill fitting, loose and sometimes even painful. One of the major factors contributing to these complaints is most lower dentures simply don’t engage all available anatomy of the lower jaw.

Here at Denture Solutions we can implement a technique using a flexible material that can take advantage of areas a “normal” hard denture cannot access. This design utilizes the anatomy of your lower jaw to help “lock” the denture securely in place.

The result is a denture that feels like it anchors to your jaw without the aid of implants! With such a snug fit, you can add your favorite foods back into your diet and feel the confidence that only a locking lower denture can. For more information call 985 0210 or you can go to our website @ www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com

New Art Therapy Group Available

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, The Art of Containment Group, A Coping Skills Group, and our Flexible Intensive Treatment (FIT) Program.

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 and wellness 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 and offer services for adults, teens and children.

Our newest therapy group is called the Art of Containment. Come explore the unique role of Art as a Therapeutic container for challenging emotions. Bring your Lunch. Time will be allotted for both art making and discussion. 8 sessions Friday 12:00- 1:30 pm, 9/27-11/15, Adults 18+

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, RYT; Carol Gray- Kelly, LCPC; Fleur Hopper, LCSW; Stephanie Duley, LCPC; Meghan Gorchoff, LCPC; John Rich, LCSW; Kristen Funkhouser- Pierce, MA,AT; Karina Chandler, LMSW-CC; and Bretton Neider, LMSW-CC, Stephanie Rose Tranchmontagne, Intern 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.

History of Hair Removal Primitive Compared To Today

Throughout history humans have been involved in removing their body hair. Sometimes for health and safety reasons, or because of social norms. Hair removal can be a component of religious beliefs, social pressures, and political identification.The following time line illustrates that hair removal crosses all cultures and genders. 100,000 B.C. -Archeologists agree that Neanderthal men pulled their hair out with their fingers, or used two shells together forming the first ‘tweezers’. 30,000 B.C. - Prehistoric man used flint to shave the hair off their body. 4,000-3,000 B.C.-In ancient Egypt, both men and women removed all their body hair most likely to protect against infestations of parasites. They used a compound of arsenic and quicklime.3,000 B.C.- The technological feat of copper metallurgy produced ‘razors’ in India and Egypt. Shaving became the preferred method of hair removal.1500-1200 B.C.-Archeologists find ‘razors’ in what is now Sweden and Norway. 500 B.C. - Alexander the Great and women in Greece singed the hair off of the bodies. 60 B.C. - Ancient Egyptian women begin using a process called sugaring to remove hair and they also developed a skill to use thread to remove hair. These methods are still in use today. Middle Ages-women singed and used abrasives to remove body hair. At that time in history, it was believed that obvious body hair was a sign that the woman was a witch! Depilatories were made from cat dung and vinegar.1500-The Aztecs used volcanic obsidian glass to shave their body hair.1600-Women in Europe plucked their faces, foreheads, and eyebrows, following the trend of Queen Elizabeth.Early 1800’s-Women continue to use depilatories and tweezing.1875-Electrolysis was developed for permanent removal of eyelashes, and is still in use today 1915-Harper’s magazine publishes photos of women in sleeveless dresses and free of underarm hair. This is when western women began to shave in earnest. The aggravation of dealing with unwanted hair can be relieved by Electrolysis. It is safe, works on all hair color/skin colors, and the skin improves over time as the hair follicles are ‘disarmed’ of their DNA. Judy Worcester of Biddeford Electrolysis is proud to be trusted by people to rid them of bothersome hair. Call Judy at 205-2146 to schedule a consultation. www.biddefordelectrolysis.com

I never liked my mother-in-law’s Thanksgiving stuffing...

...but felt obligated to eat it for roughly 20 years. Then I joined a weight-loss support group (in November -- what was I thinking?!), and was “given permission” to forego the stuffing and have seconds on the deliciously decadent apple pie. Brilliant. At support-group meetings we practiced polite ways of saying “no, thank you” to less desirable foods so that we didn’t waste calories, while simultaneously allowing ourselves to indulge in the rare favorites. Mostly, it involved raving about the pie and the need to “save room” for it. There was no need to mention that the stuffing was dry and flavorless. Why didn’t I learn this sooner? At holiday tables it seems that everyone piles their plates to overfull, and if one doesn’t conform, interrogations result. I have learned to take small portions, answering the inevitable comments with, “This way I can go back for seconds (and thirds) of what I love the most -- and I’m saving room for pie!” Food: It’s really less of a love and more of a love-hate relationship for most of us. It can be helpful to explore the role of food in our lives, and consider whether we’re okay with the status quo, or want to make any changes.

Ceci Haynsworth, APRN, CNS, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist who offers counseling and coaching broadly focused on health, wellness, and choices, at Conversations About Health, in Portland. You can contact her at 846-0191, or through her website: www.conversationsabouthealth.me.

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, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284- 9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

RetroFoam Super Insulation Boosts Fire Safety

After 10 years of testing in older buildings throughout the upper Midwest, RetroFoam, a new super-insulation technology, is available to homeowners in Maine. In older, existing homes, not only does it offer the advantages of foam insulation without the hassle and expense of remodeling, it also provides significant safety features for families in the event of fire. “In my years of experience with building construction, teaching fire science and fighting fires,” says Jack Dean, retired fire chief now living in the Lakes Region, “I’ve never seen a product like this that offers so many fire safety advantages.”

Traditional fiber insulations often accelerate flame spread as well as produce deadly vapors. RetroFoam is a remarkable fire Class I material; its contribution to flame spread is zero while giving off nothing but carbon dioxide and water vapor. This also contrasts with spray foam insulations, which current building codes require be treated with a fireproof coating to minimize flame spread and release of toxic gases.

“Many people do not realize the way most fire deaths occur.” Dean explains. “Deadly fires are often quite small, and happen at night. They can be in a corner of the house far from the bedrooms. But the air spaces in the wall cavities distribute the smoke throughout the house. People die of smoke inhalation in their sleep without even waking up.” Dean is a big backer of RetroFoam. “With wall cavities filled with this RetroFoam product, smoke moves through the house only slowly. I’m recommending it to my friends and family.” Eric Hallee, Vice President of Chase Custom Homes adds, “In researching the differences between RetroFoam and [other] products, it’s apparent that RetroFoam will fast become a leader in the renovation market. The environmental benefits have real meaning to the consumer. RetroFoam installation doesn’t [produce] harmful vapors. It is very impressive that installers do not need protective gear.”

Home Snuggers, Inc., the quaintly named re-insulation contractor in Windham has been awarded RetroFoam installation and distribution rights for Maine. “We’re very pleased to be associated with RetroFoam and its leading edge in sustainability and green technology,” says Mark Walker, Home Snuggers’ General Manager. “Our focus is solely on retrofitting existing homes and buildings throughout southern Maine. Years into the future, as far down the road as anyone can see, energy costs are not going down. We plan to be there with healthy, affordable products, and the integrity of a good neighbor in the community.”

Scientific testing ranks RetroFoam highest in R-Value per inch of anything for existing homes. It’s also reduces outside noise dramatically. Installation usually takes one day. And it’s injected from the outside so there’s no messy cleanup. Dan Edwards of Bridgton had their home “snugged“ in November. “We’ve noticed a difference in our heat use already,” said Edwards. “We’ll probably use at least one less tank this year. And the house is quieter – a plus here on Rt. 302.”

Deborah King of Cape Elizabeth spoke of one cold, sunny morning, “I walked into the office and exclaimed, ‘It is so hot in here. You have to turn the heat down.’ Apparently the RetroFoam is working. The heat wasn’t even on.” According to Walker, although Home Snuggers schedule is quite full in the fall, they do have some openings for new customers in June and July. But, it would seem, that won’t be for long.

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about Health Care Reform?

The health insurance marketplace (exchange) will be open from October 1st 2013 – March 31,2014. If you currently have an individual health insurance policy, or are uninsured, this affects you!

Karen Vachon, licensed health insurance agent, helps individuals, families, small business owners, and the uninsured navigate health care reform. Doing business the old fashion way, Vachon works face to face with clients helping them navigate their health insurance options; identify their eligibility for a premium tax credits and subsidy, and guiding people through the application process.

Serving the under -65 market and senior market, Vachon’s approach is different. She gets up close and personal to the individual needs of her clients and their situations, tapping into all available resources to protect life’s twist, turns, and surprises.

Are you are tired of 1-800-eternal hold? Would you prefer having a live, local person help you navigate your choices and service your changing needs? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed, and confused? Call Karen. There is no fee for her service.

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