2014-11-21 / Health & Medical

HEALTH & MEDICAL

Free Balanced Living Assessments Free Food & Body Balance Support Group

Cultivating Balance, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Art of Awareness is offering free Balanced Living Assessments. Contact us to schedule an assessment, if you would like support in identifying and addressing the areas in your life that feel out of balance and are causing you stress. cultivatingbalanceforyou@gmail.com or 207-332-9003

Cultivating Balance is also offering a free Food & Body Balance Support Group for people struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, or who want to improve their relationship with food, body image and exercise. It is every Weds. from 6pm to 7pm at Maine Medical Center’s Dana Center. No need to sign up. Just show up.

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, Group Therapy, and our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

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. We accept most commercial health insurance policies and offer services for adults, teens and children.

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 & Cultivating Balance are located at 813 Broadway in South Portland.

View our websites at www.artofawareness.org.

& cultivatingbalance.org

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday Dec. 6, from 1-4pm. Join us for our Annual Holiday Open House in Biddeford. Sample all our services. Meet the staff. Enjoy healthful refreshments and get a jump start on your holiday gift buying. Increase yours and your loved one’s wellness with the help of MassageCraft’s knowledgeable staff.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Get the best of both worlds at MassageCraft & Acupuncture clinic. Are you troubled by pain, headaches, stress, or insomnia? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, anxiety or depression. The careful placement of tiny needles calms the spirit, and regulates digestion and menstruation. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands. Are you sore from raking, hauling wood, or long hours at the computer? A vigorous massage will work out the kinks and assure you good nights sleep.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. Our experienced practitioners offer eastern and western massage techniques as well as acupuncture. Our work ranges from relaxation to injury specific. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC and CSI. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. Open Sundays. And please, visit our web site: www.massagecraft.com

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.

Are You Wearing A Prosthetic Or Are You Wearing A Traditional Denture?

• As a denture wearer have you developed deep puppet lines/jowls that make you look older than your years?

• Have you found that you are sometimes hesitant before you smile because there is something about your teeth that just doesn’t look right?

• Are you choosing foods to eat based on the lack of stability of your current dentures?

• Do restrictions of the fit of your denture cause you to think twice before engaging in kissing or laughing?

• Is the fact that you have experienced breakage of teeth or of the base of your denture increasing your anxiety level?

• Are you absolutely dependent on the use of denture adhesive?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions you are probably wearing a traditional denture.

Q: What is a denture that is fabricated as removable prosthetic? A: At Denture Solutions we create a removable prosthetic which is designed to mimic natural teeth in both appearance and function.

“I was told by three dentists that because of bone loss that a lower denture would never fit properly New upper & lower denture with flexible flange...Life changing!!!” T. Rodrigues, Ma.

“....no slipping confidence is smile and kissing is wonderful” P. Brook, Wells, Me.

“I am now the proud owner of a beautiful smile once again!!!!” A.B., Wells, Me.

Call for more information

207-985-0210 or Visit our website at:

DentureSolutionsMaine.com

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Over use of common over-the counter and prescription medication is a huge problem, not only in the United States, but in every industrialized nation in the world. More and more, people are relying on pharmacology to cover-up symptoms and support failing body parts.. To the unsuspecting population, reliance on over-the-counter medications doesn’t seem so bad. If you have an ache, take something; you’ll feel better. One of your body parts not working properly? There are a variety of drugs to take over its job. Sad, lonely, depressed? There are pills for that. The bottom line is that health does not come from a drug-filled capsule. Health comes from within. Relying on drugs and medications for even the simplest conditions (e.g., colds headaches, sore muscles), overtime, leads to health problems. No matter how you look at it, drugs are toxic to our lives. They build up in our body and overload the kidneys, liver, digestive tract and autoimmune system with dangerous levels of stress. Drugs cause a variety of reaction ( just read the little white pamphlet in the box). They also interact negatively with one another, causing additional stress and illness. Overtime, I suspect that drugs are more responsible for ill health than the actual symptoms that they are covering up. As a matter of fact, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, injuries from medications will soar over the 1.5 million mark this year and cost the healthcare system over 3.5 billion dollars. Staggering. Certain medications save lives. it is vitally important to have these medications in our health care system. Other medications do nothing more than cover-up symptoms, while they secretly make you sick. In my opinion, other than in an emergency, a health care crisis, or to support a failed system in the body, drugs should be avoided at all costs. The solution is to put time and effort into building the health of the inside of the body. if you are suffering a symptom of ill health or discomfort, find the cause and correct it. Health is accomplished through proper nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, adequate sleep and a properly functioning nervous system. Is it hard work? Yes, but it can be done, it needs to be done and you can do it.

Thought for the Month: A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs. ~ Joan Welsh

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Regular chiropractic care leads to a decrease in medication usage. Balancing the spinal musculature decreases the need for pain pill, while enhancing nerve flow and improving the function and performance of the organs and systems in the body. A healthy body needs little to no medication.

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

Piper Shores Plans Memory Care and Assisted Expansion for Holbrook Health Center

As the demand for memory care services in Maine continues to grow, so does the need for high-quality facilities that can help families manage this challenging health issue. Piper Shores, Maine’s only nonprofit lifecare retirement community, has been monitoring the changing needs of Maine’s population. The result is a long-term vision to expand assisted living capabilities to include memory care for residents and the greater community.

Big plans are underway at the Piper Shores campus in Scarborough. SFCS Architects, a nationally recognized firm that specializes in senior living facilities, has been hired to design an addition to the Holbrook Health Center that will feature assisted living and dedicated memory care apartments. SFCS has incorporated state-of-the art “social model” techniques, which are designed to be safe, while empowering residents to enjoy a high quality of life.

When completed, the new structure will have 16 social model apartments, 12 memory care studio apartments, and 8 highly specialized memory care beds. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015.

Nasson Health Care

For more than ten years, Nasson Health Care has been providing high-quality primary care to residents of York County, Maine. Our dedicated team of medical, dental and behavioral health providers is committed to providing you with a professional and compassionate health care experience. Nasson’s team-based approach ensures your care is well-coordinated care and addresses your complete health and wellness picture.

We offer a range of health services, including physical exams, Well Child visits and check-ups, Medicare Wellness Visits, chronic disease management, and women’s health and family planning services. We also offer annual flu shots and other vaccines to guard against respiratory problems like pertussis and pneumococcal disease. Visit our website to find out about Nasson’s upcoming flu shot/Tdap vaccine clinics.

Nasson accepts all forms of insurance, and works with patients who do not currently have insurance, or who need to establish a payment plan. We have two Health Insurance Navigators on-staff who are available to discuss insurance and payment options with you, including health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, Care Partners, and Nasson’s Sliding Fee Scale.

Nasson Health Care is open Monday through Friday, and is located in the heart of downtown Springvale. We offer same-day or next-day appointments as well as walkin slots for urgent care needs, with lab facilities onsite. To make an appointment, or find out more about what Nasson Health Care has to offer, please contact us at (207) 490- 6900, or visit our website at www.nassonhealthcare.org.

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.

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.

“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!

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 country-style eatin 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.

Healthy habits to lower your cancer risk

Certain types of cancer are more likely to strike certain types of people than others. For example, while men can be diagnosed with breast cancer, women are far more likely to develop the disease. But just because a person's risk of developing cancer is low, that does not make that person immune from the disease. As a result, it's important that men and women take steps to lower their cancer risk.

One of the more effective ways to lower your risk for cancer is to ensure your lifestyle choices are as healthy as possible. Choosing habits that benefit your short- and long-term health can reduce your risk for cancer and a host of additional ailments.

* Maintain a healthy weight. According to the American Cancer Society, men and women who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk of several types of cancer, including cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, colon and rectum, breast, kidney, and thyroid. The National Cancer Institute defines obesity as someone with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or above, while someone with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight or shedding excess weight if you are already at an elevated risk for cancer can lower your risk for cancer and other potentially debilitating diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

* Quit smoking. Smokers might be surprised to learn that tobacco use, according to the ACS, is responsible for nearly 20 percent of all deaths in the United States. That might have something to do with tobacco's role in causing more than a dozen types of cancer and its link to heart disease, emphysema and stroke.

But smoking can even harm nonsmokers unfortunate enough to spend time in the vicinity of smokers. Such nonsmokers take in nicotine and thousands of additional chemicals, including carbon monoxide and cadmium, a chemical element used in batteries, when people smoke near them. In addition, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke were 25 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease compared to nonsmokers not exposed to smoke. Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children, as kids whose parents smoke around them get bronchitis and pneumonia more often than kids whose parents abstain from smoking in their presence.

* Exercise regularly. The NCI notes that there is strong evidence that physical activity is associated with reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the breast and colon. More than 60 studies published in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia have indicated that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than inactive women, with some active women reducing their risk by as much as 80 percent. Studies conducted around the world have produced similar findings with regard to colon cancer. Research has consistently indicated that adults who increase their physical activity, be it in intensity, duration or frequency, can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent relative to adults who are sedentary. The ACS suggests adults include at least 150 minutes of moderateintensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in their weekly routines, though many studies have found that 30 to 60 minutes of moderate tovigorous physical activity per day is the most effective way to reduce cancer risk significantly.

* Reduce alcohol consumption. While many adults may be quick to point out the benefits that a glass of wine can have with regard to a person's risk of heart disease or stroke, the National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as recently as 2011 listed the consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. Alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for various types of cancers, including head and neck cancers, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, and breast cancer. Adults who continue to consume alcohol should do so in moderation, which the ACS defines as no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for women.

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