2014-04-18 / Health & Medical


Piper Shores

Holbrook Health Center Receives Top Performer Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)

Holbrook Health Center at Piper Shores recently received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). The Award was established in 2008 to recognize skilled nursing facilities for achieving excellence well beyond the Five Star rating system used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Only 35% of skilled nursing centers in Maine, and less than 9% of centers nationally receive this important distinction.

Located on the beautiful Scarborough, Maine coast, Holbrook Health Center is the assisted living and nursing care component of Piper Shores, and is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC).

“The Holbrook team takes a personal, compassionate approach to resident care,” said Jim Adamowicz, CEO of Piper Shores. “We are pleased that this resident centered approach to care – what we call ‘PersonFirst’ – is reflected in our high ranking from the ACHCA.”

For more information, visit http://www.theholbrook.org/ or call 207-883-8700

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.

Maine Senior Guide

Maine Senior Guide is an on-line resource of Maine-based services and information for Maine seniors and their families. You can find us on the web at www.MaineSeniorGuide.com .

Who uses Maine Senior Guide? Lots of women age 40-65, because we make many of the care decisions for our families. Seniors themselves are increasingly active in web searches and social media, and they use Maine Senior Guide a lot, too.

What can you find on Maine Senior Guide? Information ranging from senior care communities, home helper services and home health, to estate management help, like elder lawyers. Plus many articles in our library. When you visit Maine Senior Guide, you can look for information under six categories and many easily-recognized subcategories. You just select your preferred region, like Southern Maine or MidCoast, and Maine Senior Guide will show you resources in that category. It’s simple and easy!

See us in Booth #28 at the free Senior Expo May 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Max Church Hall on

Blackstrap Road in Scarborough

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: The importance of the proper amount of sleep cannot be ignored. Yes, not getting enough sleep in a night results in a very tired day. But new research shows if your overall pattern of quality sleep is lacking, the negative impact on your health can be huge. According to the Journal of Neuroscience, without sufficient sleep, the neurons in the brain show signs of degeneration. Interestingly, “catching” up on sleep, like a weekend of sleeping in, does nothing to repair the damage. In the journal, Neurobiology of Aging, research shows that poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep deprivation causes disruption of certain synaptic connections that can impair your brain’s ability for learning, memory formation, and other cognitive functions. Maintaining a natural rhythm of exposure to sunlight during the day and darkness at night is a crucial component of sleeping well. Suggestions for improving your sleep include keeping the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees F, and avoiding electromagnetic fields near your bed. This means that you have to keep cell phones and other wireless devices, like modems away from your bed.

Thought for the Month: Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Attributed to Thomas Edison

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

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 207.730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

Learn To Relieve Pain Naturally with Bartlett Acupuncture

Acupuncturist Kath Bartlett, Dr. Colleen Monroe, and Certified Health Coach Natalia Irving welcome you for an informative evening in Westbrook, Tuesday April 22nd, 6-8p. The team will speak about the benefits of natural pain relief alternatives such as chiropractic

care, acupuncture and nutrition. Kath will demo her technique for immediate pain relief during the acupuncture treatment. Talks will take place from 6:30- 7:30pm with time for mingling and questions, at Authentic Beauty Salon

and Wellness Center 869 Main Street, above Portland Pie Company. Win a door prize: Acupuncture treatment, Spinal exam, “Complete” protein shake mix for a month. FB Event: Relieve Pain Naturally

Malon Chiropractic Centre

Dr. Malon, Dr. Deletetsky and Debbi- Jo Harvey, PT combine to form the only interdisciplinary chiropractic and physical therapy practice in the state of Maine. Dr. Malon and Dr. Deletetsky specialize in the treatment and management of nonsurgical and post-surgical spine conditions along with non-surgical musculoskeletal conditions involving the extremities.

Debbi-Jo Harvey, PT brings 25 years of clinical experience in physical therapy to the practice and has specialized experience and unparalleled training in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.

Our approach is individualized for each patient with the understanding that not all patients and conditions respond the same. Whether it takes a couple of visits or several weeks of visits or an immediate referral to another provider, we are dedicated to helping the patient find resolution as quickly as possible. We are familiar and conversant with the benefits of other non-manual modalities to include medications, injections and surgery. Dr. Malon, Dr. Deletetsky and Debbi-Jo Harvey, PT are committed to integrative patient centered care with a focus on outcomes and are dedicated to earning the trust and confidence of every patient and every provider involved in that patient’s care.

Marc. G. Malon, D.C., F.I.C.C.
Seth Deletetsky, D.C.
Debbi-Jo Harvey, PT
Call 283-0104 or

The Home Energy Savings Program

The Home Energy Savings Program, or HESP from Efficiency Maine is providing the most accessible support for homeowners who need to re-insulate their homes,”reports Mark Walker, General Manager of Home Snuggers. To help them cut their heating bills, Efficiency Maine will rebate up to $1,500 to customers. And almost all new Home Snuggers customers qualify for at least $1,000 from Efficiency Maine.

Home Snuggers is a Windham based family business founded in 2011, solely for the purpose of re-insulating homes in Maine. Their premier product, RetroFoam, is a super insulation technology tested in thousands of existing American homes over the last 10 years. Homeowners typically slash their heating bills by one third with the addition of RetroFoam to their exterior walls. RetroFoam seals all the gaps and cracks where heat escapes and eliminates drafts.

Anyone interested in financing the modest cost of a RetroFoam installation - an average home is only $2,500 to $4,000 - can apply for a low interest PACE Loan from Efficiency Maine. Energy savings usually cover the monthly loan payments, which makes it easy to pay off quickly.

According to Walker, “Everyone knows energy costs will rise in coming years. Home Snuggers provides healthy and affordable insulation, while being a neighbor of integrity in our communities.” It is noteworthy that RetroFoam is totally eco-friendly. Eric Hallee, Vice President of Chase Customs Homes points out, “RetroFoam doesn’t produce vapors, and installers do not need protective gear.”

Customers speak highly of Home Snuggers. Exclaimed Deborah King of Cape Elizabeth on one cold, sunny morning as she walked into the office: “It is so hot in here, you have to turn the heat down. Apparently the RetroFoam is working. The heat wasn’t even on!”

Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program will likely be funded through July 31, 2014. Homeowners should take advantage of this incentive of up to $1,500 for upgrading their house while also cutting their home heating bills.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best inhome 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.

Old Orchard Beach Family Dentistry

We offers same day emergency appointments, digital technology, and friendly staff. Hours are Monday through Thursday 8 am – 5 pm. We accept most insurance and are in network with Delta Dental PPO, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ameritas, Cigna, Securain, and MaineCare ages 5 – 21.

Are You Frowning because of Ill-Fitting Dentures?

Everybody ready? OK, listen..... Let’s hear that again..... You heard right. It’s the sound of smiling. When we smile, we don’t make any noise, yet we sure can say a lot. If you’re a denture wearer and not smiling right now, is it because ill-fitting dentures aren’t allowing you to smile?

We, at Denture Solutions in Kennebunk know that the lower denture can be a source of frustration for many people. We can implement an augmentation to a lower denture that takes advantage of all anatomy available in the lower jaw. The result is a denture that feels like it anchors to your jaw without the aid of implants! This technique gives a snug fit, which means you can add your favorite foods back into your diet and you’ll find your face smiling and laughing again. OK, so it’s not plastic surgery, but with proper fitting and stable dentures, you will improve your appearance because your teeth feel like they belong in your mouth. Your smile will be natural and bright and will speak volumes. Not ready for new dentures? Relines may be an alternative solution. We can do that “while you wait” in about an hour. For that bright smile and proper fitting dentures, give Denture Solutions a call at 207 985 0210. You can also get more information at www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com

Psychotherapy & Body Centered Practices

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 and our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

The Art of Awareness 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 IOP Program is offered from 4:30pm to 7:30pm three nights a week. The IOP 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; Fleur Hopper, LCSW; Leslie Connolly, LCSW; Mindy Miller Muse, LCSW, RYT; Carol Gray- Kelly, LCPC; Stephanie Duley, LCPC; Meghan Gorchoff, LCPC; John Rich, LCSW; Kristen Pierce, LCPC-C, MA,AT; Karina Chandler, LMSW-CC and Bretton Neider, LMSW-CC, Stephanie Rose Tranchemontagne, Intern and Renee Davis, 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


We have the answer. Looking for relief from chronic pain that can actually improve your health? Reduce pain, sleep better, and increase your body awareness through massage, acupuncture and yoga. 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 injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues. 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 verifi -cation.. 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.

Fun ways to be a fit family

Obesity is a global epidemic affecting people of all ages. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are considered obese, while Statistics Canada notes about 25 percent of Canadians are obese. Being overweight or obese has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer, and children who are overweight are likely to be overweight or obese adults.

While eating a diet that is low in fat and high in whole-grain fiber, vegetables and lean proteins is important, exercise remains one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy weight. However, many adults and children simply do not get enough exercise during the day. An active lifestyle is often hampered by the prevalence of digital devices or sedentary jobs that encourage more screen time than fitness time. But there are ways for the entire family to get fit. Exercising together is not just a great way for families to get healthy, but also a great opportunity to spend time together. The following are a handful of ways families can work together to incorporate more exercise into their daily lives.

* Tackle chores. Yes, tasks around the house can count as exercise. Working together not only gets you moving but also cuts down on the time it takes to tackle tasks around the house. Mowing the lawn, vacuuming the rugs, sweeping the floor -- all of these activities can get the heart pumping. Make it fun by setting chores to music or competing against one another to see who gets their task done first or the best.

* Compete in the pool. Swimming is a low-impact activity that works many muscles in the body. Taking a dip in the pool can be both relaxing and beneficial to your health. Compete with family members to make the most of the time spent in the water. Host relay swimming races, see how long each member of the family can tread water or create any other competitions that keep everyone in the pool moving.

* Create an outdoor obstacle course. Set up a series of obstacles in your yard and host your own triathlon. You can jump through tires, climb through tubes and scale trees. Make it fun by having adults try to ride tricycles or pair up an adult with a child for sack races. The opportunities for fun are only hampered by your imagination.

* Go for family bicycle rides. Traverse your neighborhood or blaze new trails by riding bikes together. Young children can be strapped into trailers that are pulled behind the bike or ride in seats attached to the bike itself. This gives everyone a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and hone their cycling skills.

* Go hiking. Hiking is another fun family activity that also happens to make for great exercise. Choose a trail that may not be level and push everyone’s endurance to the test.

* Stroll the beach.Walking or running on sand offers more resistance than walking on pavement. Take a stroll at the seaside. Break up the walk by collecting shells or stopping by the water to observe marine wildlife.

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