2014-09-19 / 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 insurance?

Karen Vachon, Licensed health insurance agents helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare Vachon’s approach is different. She gets up close to the individual client’s needs and situation and taps into available resources to protect life’s twist, turns, and surprises. “The health insurance purchased has changed a lot in the last year and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who

helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, along with choosing a plan that best meets their needs and budget. “People are also concerned about the tax penalty if they don’t have health insurance”, says Karen, who helps people identify if they’re exempt from the penalty; or would prefer more affordable protection off the exchange. Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed and confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

Piper Shores celebrates two high marks of distinction

As Piper Shores moves into its 14th year, we have much to celebrate. For those who have not visited, we are situated on 138 acres of oceanfront property between Higgins Beach and historic Prouts Neck in Scarborough. We’re an innovative retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle by providing a continuum of the highest quality of care and services. This year has brought two very exciting milestones.

In April, we were awarded a Five-Year Term of Re- Accreditation by CARF, the nation’s only nonprofit accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. We were also named “exemplary” in three areas of financial management.

In July, we were bestowed an A- credit rating from Fitch Ratings, a nationally recognized statistical investment rating organization. The rating places us in the top 5 percent of U.S. retirement communities in terms of financial health and stability and is rare for a single site retirement community with fewer than 15 years of operating history.

All of us at Piper Shores are extremely proud of these distinctions.

Please visit us to learn more.
Jim Adamowicz
Piper Shores Chief Executive Officer
Toll Free 888-333-8711

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 June 30, 2015. 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.

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE… a vacation for your body.

Need help unwinding over vacation? Or perhaps you need to continue your therapeutic massage and acupuncture treatments while you’re away. Put yourself in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic. We have 10 practitioners with over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture and yoga. We have served the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard community since 1991.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All our practitioners are trained in gua sha and cupping, soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective at working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic has convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN SUNDAYS. Please visit us at out our web site: www.massagecraft.com

Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving impaired

The public is well educated about the dangers of driving while impaired by medication, alcohol or illegal drugs. But drivers may not be aware that driving while tired can be just as dangerous.

Driving when tired can be a fatal mistake. Just as alcohol or drugs can slow down reaction time, impair judgment and increase the risk of accident, so, too, can being tired behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is reportedly what caused the fatal crash in June 2014 between a limousine and a Walmart truck that ended the life of comic James McNair and seriously injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan. The driver, Kevin Roper, was going 20 miles over the speed limit and was almost at his drive time limit, according to preliminary reports by the National Transportation Safety Board.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 100,000 car crashes in the United States each year occur as the result of an overly tired driver. Various studies demonstrate that drivers who have remained awake for 18 hours prior to driving mimic the driving performance of intoxicated motorists. In fact, drowsy driving can be confused with driving with a high blood alcohol content.

Sleepiness can arise relatively quickly, and according to Thomas Balkin, PhD, director of the behavioral biology program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and a leading expert on sleep and fatigue, it's difficult for drivers to assess just how sleepy they are.

"Sleepiness affects the part of the brain responsible for judgment and self-awareness," he says. "When you've reached the stage where you are fighting sleep, the effect of any method of reviving yourself can be very short-lived."

Furthermore, people do not have to be in a deep sleep to actually be asleep behind the wheel. Micro-sleeps occur when certain brain cells temporarily shut down for a few seconds. A person is not completely asleep but in a sort of fog as if they are asleep.

When sleepiness sets in, the best course of action is to pull off the road. Opening the window, turning on the radio or blasting cold air is, at best, only a temporary solution. If driving with passengers and feelings of sleepiness appear, hand the keys over to a passenger and have them take over driving, if possible. Otherwise, a short nap and a cup of coffee can be used in combination to increase alertness.

It's also a good idea to avoid beginning a long road trip in mid-afternoon around the hours of two or three o'clock. While alertness generally dips in the evening hours, due to the circadian rhythm, alertness also dips in the late afternoon, prompting drowsiness. A 2010 study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety found that as many drivers reported falling asleep at the wheel in the afternoon hours as reported falling asleep late at night. Driving in a warm, quiet car also may spur drowsiness, as would driving after a heavy meal.

Driving tired is just as dangerous as other impaired driving. Slow reaction times and unawareness of surroundings can contribute to accidents that are otherwise avoidable.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Happy Birthday Chiropractic! “Someone must teach new things, someone must take the abuse, someone must be ostracized, someone must be called a fraud and a quack. Then, out of it all comes a new truth to become part of us. Thus we receive new facts to make up our proud possession of knowledge.” ~ Fred Hart, Founder, National Health Federation. 114 years ago, chiropractic was the new health profession on the block. Over the years, chiropractors have taken their share of abuse and prejudiced attacks. Gradually, things have changed and chiropractic is accepted for what it is, the 3rd largest health care profession in the world and it also has the largest drug free, all natural approach to health care on the planet. As the above quote states, if you are truthful and honest about what you do and hang in there over time, eventually new truths become accepted facts. Who remembers the old days of medicine when blood letting was the treatment of choice? They have come a long way too!

Ever walk into the house and discover a light bulb isn’t working? You change the light bulb but the light still doesn’t come on. You check to make sure the lamp is plugged in. It is. You check the switch on the wall. On. Then it dawns on you that maybe it’s the circuit breaker that’s been tripped. You reset the circuit breaker and, voila!, the light returns.

Often when we have an ache or a pain or an illness, we focus our attention on the site of the symptoms (i.e. the light bulb). You might massage it, put cold on it or maybe heat. Perhaps you take a medication for it. Yet, the symptom persists. In Chiropractic we work with the spine and nervous system. Since the nerve system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue and organ in the body, having a chiropractic adjustment is light resetting the circuit breaker in your body. A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is a Doctor of Causes. Although we will evaluate the area where the symptoms are located, we look to the cause, adjust any interference (i.e. reset the circuit breaker) and once the nerve flow begins to function again, your body heals itself as it is meant to. If the circuit keeps tripping, we help you figure out why.

For more information, call Rolnick

Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com


Do you have missing teeth? What purpose do partials serve?

In your mouth every tooth leans on the tooth ahead of it like the stones in an arch. When you lose a tooth, the arch will likely collapse. Teeth in the opposing arch above or below will begin to extrude (get longer) if there is no tooth to bite against. A properly constructed partial denture will serve to maintain a proper bite as well as chewing ability, comfort and efficiency.

Q: How do you clean partials?
A: Partials are removeable for
Q: At this time I can’t afford implants
What can be done in the meantime?
A: Partials are inexpensive in
comparison to surgical implants,
however, if you are considering implants,

partials are a great option to bridge the
gap as your tissue heals from extractions.
The partial will prevent teeth from
shifting into the space before you can
afford your implant[s].

What makes removeable partials a a great option to replace missing teeth?

4. MODIFIABLE [teeth can be
added if necessary]
[no one will know which teeth are
false which teeth are real]
Call (207) 985-0210 for a free
consultation. Now open
Saturdays by appointment.
54 York Street, Kennebunk/visit us

Monarch Center: A Therapeutic Setting That Focuses on Ability

Kindred Assisted Living -- Monarch Center is designed for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Each of the 42 residential apartments offer a private bath and luxury common space including an elegant living room, gracious dining room and a countrystyle eat-in kitchen. Each apartment has windows with views of the garden area and easy access to the courtyard from each neighborhood or wing.

We offer many specialized programs at The Monarch Center. The programs focus on each person’s cognitive ability, not cognitive disability. We create a therapeutic environment that encourages people to feel more successful and less frustrated. The Monarch Center has three different neighborhoods, or wings, of the building and as people’s needs change, they join the neighborhood that can best meet those needs.

Many families have utilized our Short-Term and Long-Term Respite Program as a way to determine if our therapeutic environment would be suitable on a more permanent basis, as well as offering rejuvenation for the caregiver.

At the Monarch Center, we take pride in the quality of life we offer to our residents and the peace of mind we give to family members.

Please call Pota D. Schott, MPA, LRCA, at 207-284-0900 today and schedule an appointment for a personal tour and more information about our specialized community.

“A Maine Bridge to Home” Offers Respite for Patients and Families

As you recover from an illness or rehabilitation, consider our respite program,“A Maine Bridge to Home.”To help ensure the best possible outcomes and timely recovery, we at Kindred Assisted Living -- Village Crossings have created a full service short-term post-surgical respite program with a very affordable daily rate. We have found that when a person is discharged from the hospital it can sometimes be a fearful and disorienting journey. Family members and/or friends suddenly become caregivers, which can be overwhelming while trying to balance their own daily lives.

Our A Maine Bridge to Home program is designed to aid patients as well as their caregivers. Our nurses and direct care staff members are ready around the clock to work in conjunction with your physician to deliver the care needed for recovery. In addition, we also provide support for therapy services covered under Medicare B and/or private insurance, as well as nursing services under Medicare part “A” if qualified. The overall goal is to support the patient’s healing process and the journey to independence.

At Kindred Assisted Living -- Village Crossings we offer assistance with daily living needs, medication administration and on-site nursing supervision if needed. Special dietary requirements, mobility goals and therapies can be monitored daily.

While recovering in our community, you reside in a furnished studio apartment with a handicapped-accessible private bathroom including an emergency call bell system. You may choose to include meal tray services from our fabulous Marsh View restaurant and, of course, receive hands-on care if needed. Our amenities include twenty-four hour care and community companionship to assist in minimizing the possibility of a readmission to a hospital and to enhance your journey back home. So if you find you need a place to gain strength while recovering, try our A Maine Bridge to Home program, and let us help you create a successful healing journey!

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