2014-06-20 / Health & Medical


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.

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.

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.

Piper Shores named “exemplary”

Piper Shores has been awarded a Five-Year Term of Re- Accreditation and named exemplary by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF), the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. In a state with more than 200 nursing, assisted, and retirement communities, Piper Shores remains the only community in Maine to receive this designation. To earn accreditation, Piper Shores voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of independent surveyors that it is committed to meeting the highest conditions and standards for retirement communities.

Piper Shores Administrator Peggy Farrington, who spearheaded the accreditation process, said the 10-month undertaking involved a variety of stakeholders and nine working groups, including senior leadership, department heads, board members, staff, and residents. “Accreditation is about pushing yourself to do better and exceeding the standards—it’s not about waiting for someone to tell you to fix things,” she said. “At Piper Shores, this is what we believe in. We want to be better than good; we want to be great.”

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.


At Crossroads, we believe that substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring treatment must build upon and respect people’s unique needs to focus on self -determination, personal choices, positive relationships and connectedness.

Crossroads has provided treatment services for women since 1974. Today, Crossroads serves both men and women using a gender-responsive approach. Utilizing a treatment philosophy that is both relational and traumainformed, Crossroads’ highly trained and specialized clinical staff focus on helping women and men to understand and build healthy relationships in their lives.

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.

Change and transition can be a tough challenge for students in middle or high school, college, and even adults.

Are you concerned that next year may be a repeat of the same setbacks that affected them this year?

Are you looking for some support this summer to make the difference for a positive change and success for the fall?

With over 15 years of working in education, I am pleased to offer in my private practice, SUMMER SESSION 2014 REFLECT, REFRAME & RESILIENCE!

There are a myriad of challenges that present from September to June that can adversely affect students. Stressors such as changes in peer groups, disappointments in their athletic and extracurricular activities, dating and relationship issues, peer pressure, substance experimentation, academic setbacks and various other mitigating concerns that adolescents and young adults need to cope with in an educational setting.

These presenting situations, with support and guidance can be re-framed as opportunities for self-awareness, personal growth and maturity. Setbacks can contribute to future insight and valuable life experiences which can foster resiliency.

Now offering this summer, an opportunity to reflect on those challenges, re-frame and reaffirm ones goals to facilitate insight and hope for a successful 2014-2015 academic year and beyond.

For appointments call John Romprey L.C.S.W. at (207) 229-1654, office location in Kennebunk and Waterboro.


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.

Denture Solutions - The place for Quality & Custom Fitting Dentures

The professionals at Denture Solutions, located at 54 York Street, Kennebunk have taken pride in the quality of care offered to their patients. Unique in the fact that their practice is solely devoted to dentures, they are able to focus 100 percent attention on the needs of denture wearers. Following are answers that the professionals at Denture Solutions give to several important questions about how they offer “solutions” to their patients.

Q: Can I use tooth paste on a denture?

A: No, Tooth paste will cause scratches. Use only products designed to clean dentures. They are nonabrasive and will kill germs that promote mouth odor. Unfortunately, plaque can build up overtime and be difficult to remove without a professional cleaning. WE ARE OFFERING A FREE PROFESSIONAL DENTURE CLEANING BY APPOINTMENT: SAT. JUNE 28! Come on down!!!!!!!

Q: Your ad features a cosmetic denture. What exactly is that?

A: We endeavor to not only fabricate teeth for chewing but also restore a person’s appearance and rejuvenate his or her smile. With properly constructed dentures, our patients can have the appearance of a mini face-lift without the costly and sometimes painful procedures.

Q: So you try to restore their appearance?

A: Exactly, by taking into consideration our patients age, eyes, shape of face and combining this with statistical measurements, we choose teeth that complement their features. With teeth selected, it’s time for the set-up. Instead of sending the teeth out to be processed by a technician who has never seen the patient, we do this step right in our office. We give special attention to the replication of oral tissue that may have diminished over the years. By restoring this lost structure and dimension in a denture, the result will give the patient a more youthful look.

Q Will I be able to chew the food I love to eat?

Yes! Instead of flat, dull back teeth, cusped teeth are used. This enables the denture wearer to cut through food easily. To ensure proper alignment of your new dentures, a gothic-arch tracing records your jaw movement, therefore providing the most accurate bite registration possible. We use this technique instead of having the patient bite onto a piece of wax, which can result in inaccuracy.

Q: Is it true that if you need extractions you have to be without teeth?

A: Absolutely not. We make dentures by a special process ahead of time so you’re never without teeth.

Q: What is this lower locking denture with flexible wings?”

A: Many people who wear a lower denture find themselves dissatisfied with the prosthetic. Not only do you have your tongue to contend with, most dentures are not fabricated with enough length to achieve an intimate fit. We employ method that combines the use of hard and soft materials that can take advantage of areas that a “normal” hard denture cannot access. The result is a tighter, more secure fit, as it "anchors to a patients jaw without the aid of implants".

Do you have additional questions? Visit us on Saturday, June 28, 2014, by appointment, when you can also receive a complimentary professional denture cleaning. We also give free consultations by appointment anytime....... See you soon!!

Denture Solutions offers relines and repairs while you wait, as well as affordable payment options Call for more information 207 985 0210 or visit our web-site at: www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com

Looking to get Fit and have Fun...You belong here!

About Us: About US At Healthy Body, Fit Mind we take a thoughtful approach to fitness targeted to your lifestyle, goals and ability. Whether it is one on one, small group or large group training, our Certified Personal trainers cater and adjust to your individual needs.

While we specialize in those over 40, we offer a safe, comfortable and non- threatening studio for everyone.

In addition to helping you get engaged in Physical activity, we offer coaching and other wellness programs that include: • Nutrition Coaching - Rest of YOUR Life Diet Program • Anti-Aging Coaching • Holistic Massage • Hypnotherapy • Workshops in Breathing, Chakra Dance, Astrology and more

You can also be the first in Maine to take a SurfSet® class, Surf-Inspired small group training that develops core strength, improves balance and builds lean muscle....All of these under one roof at Healthy Body, Fit Mind.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Dr. Joe Mercola recently wrote a thought provoking article on how observing stress in other people can caused stress reactions in the non-stressed person. The article reported that stress is highly contagious. Simply observing someone else in a stressful situation typically elicits an empathic stress response in the observer. Empathic stress can be felt whether you’re observing a stranger or an intimate partner, and via direct observation or television. Happiness is contagious too. People who are surrounded by many happy people are more likely to become happy in the future. While stress may damage your health, positive thoughts are able to prompt changes in your body that strengthen your immune system, boost positive emotions, decrease pain and chronic disease, and provide stress relief. While you can create happiness artificially by taking drugs or drinking alcohol, for instance, the same endorphin and dopamine high can be achieved via healthful habits like exercise, laughter, hugging and kissing, sex, or bonding with your child.

Thought for the Month: Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~Terri Guillemets

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Chiropractic care “unwinds” the nervous system and allows the free flow of energy throughout the body. At the same time, a chiropractor’s spinal adjustment relieves the tension in the muscles attached to the spine. The perfect stress reducer!

Green Amber Healing

Present in every living thing is the perfect pattern of health. Attunement : Love Made Visible.

Energy work based on the work of Roger Dewinton. He says it is work that is remembered.

Why my practice is called Green Amber Healing. Green Amber With an energy like new sap rising from a tree in springtime, green amber is a wonderful stone for healing and energizing the body.

As a stone of manifestation, it brings wealth and prosperity to the wearer, empowering them with success.

Green amber clears the heart chakra, filling the heart with love and radiant joy.

My first experience of real healing came through an incredible Homeopath. Dr. Sharma was the archtype of the healer. He showed me the meaning of the sacred contract between patient and healer and he showed me that healing takes place in the medium of Love. I experienced that I am in Love ,it surrounds me like water surrounds a fish. It is the medium in which I live. Love has substance and it heals.

Attunement reminds me of this Love. It calls forth the basic goodness inherent in all of us. It calls each of us to wellness, to balance, to stillness to peace. It is a profound honor to share this healing work.

Attunement : Love Made Visible.

I am a certified Attunement Practioner from the International Association of Attunement Practioners.

Sharing attunements as a way to balance the systems and foster healing and well being. My teacher is Andrew Shier.

Contact Joan for an appointment 207-671-0899 or joaneliz@ maine.rr.com , joan@greenamberhealing.com A Student of Sogyal Rinpoche, Author of TheTibetan Book of Living and Dying , for the past 30 years trained as meditation instructor since 1992.

I offer private meditation instruction in conjunction with Attunement or separately. MSEd.

New Patient’s special 2 sessions for $40.00

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