2015-01-23 / Health & Medical

HEALTH & MEDICAL

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 ecofriendly. 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.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips: It’s almost the end of January and it seems like we were wrapping gifts for the holidays just yesterday. How are those New Year’s resolutions doing? If you’re like most people, you started off with good intentions and then started to slip back into old habits. Been there. Done that. Many New Year’s resolutions revolve around lifestyle changes. Most lifestyle issues are bad habits that don’t change easily. One way that I’ve found to break old habits is to create new healthy habits without focusing so much on stopping the bad ones. For example, if you want to improve your diet and find that you keep craving the same foods that you resolved to stop eating, start eating more healthy foods (fresh vegetables and fruit, healthy fats such as olive or coconut oil, healthy grains such as quinoa or brown rice). Another option is to replace unhealthy foods with a healthier version of the same food, e.g. frozen veggies instead of canned or fresh instead of frozen. As you start adding healthier foods to your diet, you will begin to find that you don’t crave some of the unhealthy foods like you used to. For me, each day affords us a new opportunity to create a healthy lifestyle. Rather than waste time on how you ‘failed’ to keep your resolutions, focus on how you can do one healthier thing for yourself today. One change at a time. One day at a time. For more information about our office call 283-1168, check out our webpage: www.rolnickchiropractic.com and/or like us on Facebook!

MassageCraft, Headquarters for Injury Specific Work

Do you suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the the experienced staff at MassageCraft put you on the road to recovery. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture. Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, respiratory problems, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands. Are you feeling the effects of too many hours at the computer? Or perhaps you've over exerted chipping ice????? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. Your muscles will be longer, suppler, and you will be less prone to re-injury. Not to mention the positive effects both acupuncture and massage have on your sleep and stress levels.

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 verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC, and CSI. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Dedicated to Help You Keep Moving for Life!

By Kelly Hassett

MedCOR Professionals

Movement. It's the essence of freedom, of an independent life. Yet for many of us, everyday movement and simple tasks present physical challenges that can be difficult. While most of us would like to "keep moving", it’s often more difficult than we imagine. Perhaps you’re an active baby boomer facing knee, hip or shoulder replacement surgery. Perhaps your aging parent suffers from chronic arthritis or is recovering from a fall. In each of these cases, "keep moving" can become the stuff of dreams rather than reality.

There is good news, however. With today's technological advancements, researchers and manufacturers have developed products that can help many of us overcome the physical challenges of joint damage and aging.

Splints support the healing of weakened or fractured bones. Orthotic bracing and soft goods provide full body support and pain relief. Exercise and rehabilitation supplies can help us get moving again. Manual wheelchairs, knee walkers, canes, crutches, walkers, and rollators provide extra stability for short walks or wheels for longer excursions. Reachers, zipper pulls, and other daily living aids make everyday tasks easier and help people remain independent.

What's even better is that with a doctor’s recommendation, Medicare as well as many private insurance companies help pay for this equipment.

So, take heart, and make the decision to stay active. Ask questions and learn more about the products that help you and your loved ones stay independent and connected to the world. With a little determination and personalized assistance from a local medical supply and equipment company, everyone will be able to "keep moving for life".

To see if they can help you or your loved one speed up a recovery, visit MedCOR at 152 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME or call (207) 222-2828.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home 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.

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

Smile confidently with customfitted dentures from Denture Solutions

First impressions are made with a great smile, so don’t hold back because of poorly fitting dentures. An unfortunate consequence of wearing worn dentures for an extended period of time can include facial changes, looseness or need to use adhesive in your denture. This is often due to changes to the jawbone and ridges that the dentures rest on *see illustration.

After being unsatisfied with several dentures made elsewhere here are recent quotes from our happy patients: “I wear new upper and lower dentures and I can eat steak” C.A. Dayton, Maine

This bottom denture locks in place and doesn’t move when I’m chewing. I love them & the people that made them! It is worth the long trips. The only place worth going to in my opinion” Evie Gaudet, Westbrook, M.E.

Call Denture Solutions at

985-0210 for an appointment today! www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com

Oasis

Imagine this ….OASIS!

Imagine a place where all your health care needs are under one roof. Imagine a place where you and your family are respected, empowered in your health decisions. If this place exists, it would not only care for your body but would also care for you pro-actively. Re-acting to your health is failing. The U.S. is ranked 67th in overall health for industrialized nations (WHO statistics); so, we need a different approach. The old drop your body off and get a prescription idea has failed.

The place we imagined earlier … It exists! OASIS is a whole health, family wellness center that partners with you and your family in all your health needs. Through chiropractic, yoga, massage, naturopathy, nutrition and acupuncture you and your family have all your health needs addressed. Located at 433 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Stop by today and start your journey to full health.

Melissa Libby ~ family nurse practitioner

Melissa Libby invites you to consider her as your primary care provider. Her practice, which just opened in South Portland on January 5, 2015, is oriented to people, not paperwork, and your direct contact during all phases of your health care is with her personally. She accepts most major insurances.

Melissa is a 30 year veteran of the healthcare field including the last 15 as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) practicing internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. As an independent practitioner within a collaborative practice, she has the autonomy and the resources, including the time, to provide highly personalized patient-centered preventive, acute, and chronic illness care.

For more information, go to her website at melissanlibbyfnp.com or call 761-4700.

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.

Winter Superfoods for Optimal Health

Illnesses seem to peak during the winter months. A tappedout immune system as well as dry, cold air may encourage the spread of common viruses and bacterial infections more easily. As a result, it’s important that men, women and children take every step possible to ward off sickness when the temperatures drop. Dietary changes can make a world of difference, and more and more people are including these proven superfoods in their winter diets.

· Avocado: Avocado has high levels of essential fatty acids and vitamin B6, which is important in the biosynthesis of important neurotransmitters. Foods high in B vitamins may be able to counteract some of the symptoms of winter-related depression.

· Pomegranate: This quirky fruit has vitamins C and K, folate and potassium and is a good source of fiber. Pomegranate has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing joint pain and preventing strokes. Pomegranate may also help the body fight viruses.

· Cinnamon: Cinnamon has high levels of antioxidants, and some studies point to cinnamon as a natural antibacterial agent. Cinnamon also can help regulate blood-glucose levels, which is beneficial for those with diabetes.

· Prunes: Now widely referred to as “dried plums,” prunes are an important source of boron, which could prevent osteoporosis. High in antioxidants, prunes help the body fight a variety of illnesses.

· Cabbage: Cabbage may be a key element in the fight against cancer. Cabbage has phytochemicals that can protect the body against cancer-causing free radicals. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, which can stimulate a sluggish digestive system.

· Butternut squash: This food is packed with carotenoids, which are stellar antioxidants. The starches in this squash also have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.

· Chestnuts: Chestnuts are worthy of inclusion in anyone’s diet. Unlike many nuts, chestnuts are relatively low in fat but have high levels of protein. They’re also packed with vitamin C and B vitamins.

Coastal Rehab offers the most up-to-date treatment techniques for clients of all ages

Cape Elizabeth - Coastal Rehab has an extensive team of physical, occupational and speech therapists trained in the most up-todate treatment techniques to empower clients to achieve their highest potential. The team provides treatment for orthopedic rehab, neuro rehab, sports medicine, work-related injuries, vestibular and balance rehab, cardio-pulmonary rehab and other complex medical diagnoses for clients of all ages -from children to seniors and everyone in-between. Clients can be seen in the comfort of their homes or at any of the 4 clinics located in Kennebunk, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth. Skilled services are covered by all major insurances. Under Medicare Part B, clients can be seen at home regardless of being “homebound” or not. This is a great benefit for seniors who rely on family or friends for transportation. Specialized programs include -LSVT BIG and LOUD: treatment programs for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders,-Coastalcore: a holistic approach to traditional rehab incorporating Yoga, Pilates and TRX, -Coastalrunners: running assessment to improve running technique, -Coastaltransitions: comprehensive assessment to ensure safety, comfort and independence in the transition to a new home, and -CoastalFit: a private maintenance therapy program to help clients maintain their potential. At Coastal Rehab, therapists are determined to improve any situation, regardless of its complexity.

To schedule an evaluation or to learn more, call 767-9773 or stop in at 2 Davis Point Lane in Cape Elizabeth. For a full menu of services, visit www.coastalrehab.me

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