2014-05-16 / Health & Medical

HEALTH & MEDICAL

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.

Crossroads

Crossroads’ mission is to provide gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. Offering Maine’s most comprehensive treatment for behavioral health with a genderspecific focus, Crossroads services

include outpatient counseling for men, women and families and residential substance abuse treatment for women. Our facilities are conveniently located in Kennebunk, Portland, Scarborough and Windham. For more information or to access services, call 207-773-9931 or visit www.crossroadsme.org.

The Place for Quality and a Unique Lower Fitting Denture Design.

At Denture Solutions, 100 percent of our attention is spent on the needs of denture wearers. Along with constructing a denture that is good for chewing, we give special attention to the replication of oral tissue that may have diminished over the years. The result will give the patient a more youthful look, sort of like a “mini face-lift”. We also have a solution for most of our patients who are frustrated with their lower denture. 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 more confident. Call 207 985 0210 to schedule a free consultation to see how this design could be the “solution” to your lower denture problems. For more information, go to our website @ www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com

CHRONIC PAIN?

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.

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.

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.

Be Your Note

Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC, NMT, is a board certified music therapist in private practice in Kennebunkport. Owner of “Be Your Note” Music Therapy Services, she has a particular interest and expertise in working with patients with neurologic conditions such as brain injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease and with the aging population, including individuals struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her work often includes working with family members of patients.

Another primary practice area is working with women using voice as a therapeutic modality. Patricia set up a pilot music therapy program at the Kitty Dukakis Residential Treatment Center for Women in Boston and works with women of varying ages in both clinical and wellness settings and with individuals and groups. She will be presenting this element of her work at the USM Arts Therapy Conference May 31. http:// usm.maine.edu/music/creative-healthconference heathcare-professionals-andcaregiver

Patricia describes music therapy as the “meeting of science and art.” “As a music therapist, my role is to make a connection and build a therapeutic relationship with my clients via music. It is an active endeavor, which means finding ways to engage individuals to experience ability and success while making music. This may mean singing together, improvising, playing rhythm instruments and writing songs. In the process, we are addressing treatment goals in cognitive, physical, psycho-social and spiritual functioning. For me, this work is a kind of ministry that invites the coming together of the many aspects of being human.”

Patricia trained at Berklee College of Music, completed her internship with Seasons Hospice of Massachusetts, and obtained certification in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She is passionate about establishing Music Therapy in Maine and frequently presents at healthcare conferences and in organizations to educate her audience and advocate for the profession. She has collaborated with the Maine Alzheimer’s Association and offers music therapy in a number of healthcare facilities and in her private studio.

Patricia is an award-winning songwriter and creator of “A Solitude of Space,” a chamber theater piece with music based on the life and work of Emily Dickinson.

(For more information, see Patricia’s website at www.beyournote.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, 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.

Relieve Stress with Bartlett Acupuncture

Stress relief is a wonderful side effect of acupuncture treatment,” says Kath Bartlett, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine of Oak Hill, Scarborough.

Under stress we tighten up, restricting the Qi flowing throughout our bodies. Increased tension causes health problems: headaches, hypertension, pain and digestive problems. Acupuncture moves Qi and promotes relaxation.

Says Scarborough resident Jacqueline Durant-Harthorne, “Working full time and raising three children, I lose sight of my own needs. Acupuncture allows me to refuel, leaving me relaxed, less anxious and providing more energy to live my life to the fullest.

Kath is professional and extremely knowledgeable. I am so glad I found her!”

New South Portland Wellness team helps women find joy, passion and purpose!

Healthy Body Fit Mind in South Portland expands their fitness offerings with a new Holistic Wellness team offering interactive spiritual workshops, holistic wellness sessions and classes for the body, mind and spirit.

Check out their May 2014 calendar at http://www.healthybodyfitmind.com/ and get updated information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HBFMholisticwellness. May offerings include LifeBreath, Certified Holistic Health Coaching, Intuitive Readings / Coaching, Chakradance, Reiki, Astrology, Massage, Polarity, Medical Hypnotism, Women’s Groups, Circles and more!

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.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Do you have family members or friends with Alzheimer’s disease or senile dementia? Are you getting a little older now and worried about the health of your own brain? Here is some very important information based on new research that shows a direct correlation to what we eat and the development of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research from the Mayo Clinic and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89 percent increased risk for dementia. Meanwhile, high-fat diets are associated with a 44 percent reduced risk. Carbohydrates, when broken down by digestion causes an increase in blood sugar. Chronically elevated blood sugar levels are directly related to Alzheimer’s disease. That is why diabetics have double the risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease. A diet consisting of vegetables, beans, lean proteins and less carbohydrates is the way to go to ensure brain health. Boosting your intake of healthy fats, the kind found in fish, nuts and olives has been shown to lower your risk of brain disorders. In addition to eating those healthy foods whole, it is easy to add fish oil, walnut oil and olive oil to your diet. It is very important to try and eliminate or drastically cut back on breads, cereals, pasta and other processed carbs ( SWEETS, JUNK FOOD) in your diet. If you are worried about not getting enough carbohydrates in your diet, there are healthy carbohydrate alternatives that do not spike the blood sugar levels as much as other carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes, yams, plain oats and quinoa are lower on the glycemic (blood sugar) index and are full of vitamins and minerals as well as complex carb fuel to help you get through your busy day.

Thought for the Month: Health is not valued until sickness comes. ~Thomas Fuller

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Chiropractic relies on the body’s innate healing abilities. We recognize the importance of a healthy diet and its impact on overall health as well as how it impacts the effectiveness of the chiropractic adjustment. For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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