2015-04-17 / Health & Medical

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APRIL IS... Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Though millions of people across the globe are living with Parkinson’s disease, many people have limited knowledge of this disorder. The extent of many people’s experience with or knowledge of Parkinson’s disease begins and ends with Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox, two highprofi le personalities who have publicly acknowledged their fight against this potentially debilitating disorder.

As much as Ali and Fox have done to bring awareness to Parkinson’s disease, the disorder largely remains a mystery, even to those medical researchers who have devoted their lives to finding both a cause and a cure for Parkinson’s. But there are some things the medical community does know about Parkinson’s, and a greater understanding of this disease might help find a cause once and for all.

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, which means the symptoms will continue and worsen over time. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the brain known as neurons. Some of these neurons are responsible for producing dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As Parkinson’s progresses, less dopamine is produced, making it more difficult for a person with Parkinson’s to control his or her body’s movements.

What are some symptoms of Parkinson’s?

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from individual to individual, but the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation notes that the primary motor signs of Parkinson’s include:

* tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face

* bradykinesia, or slowness of movement

* rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk

* postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

Parkinson’s progresses slowly, and a person might begin to feel somewhat weak and notice slight tremors. These tremors gradually progress to additional symptoms. For example, a person might notice their voluntary movements, such as walking or even rolling over in bed, have become slower. Other symptoms can include difficulty rising from a sitting position or, in the later stages, difficulty swallowing.

Are there any known causes of Parkinson’s disease?

There is no known cause for Parkinson’s disease, but scientists are exploring a potential relationship between the loss of cells in other areas of the brain and body and Parkinson’s disease. According to the PDF, scientists have discovered that signs of Parkinson’s disease have been found not only in the mid-brain but also in the brain stem and the olfactory bulb.

Concerned men and women who have or have had a family member with Parkinson’s disease often want to know if there is a genetic link. Evidence to a possible genetic link remains highly controversial and inconclusive, so any potential genetic implications regarding Parkinson’s disease remain unclear.

Some evidence has suggested that toxins in the environment may cause Parkinson’s disease. These toxins, which include manganese, carbon monoxide and carbon disulfide, may selectively destroy the neurons that produce dopamine, potentially causing Parkinson’s as a result.

Certain medications and street drugs have also been known to produce symptoms similar to those associated with Parkinson’s. Antipsychotics used to treat severe paranoia and schizophrenia as well as MPTP, a synthetic heroin contaminant, can cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

More information about Parkinson’s disease is available at www.pdf.org.

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.

Cape Elizabeth Family Medicine is Accepting New Patients

We are pleased to introduce our patients and the community to Katrine Alcaide, FNP. Katrine joined our practice last June and has been a valued addition to our staff. She brings to us not only her broader experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner but her expertise in contraceptive counseling and adolescent and adult wellwoman care. She has worked previously in both an OB-GYN office and a family planning clinic. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Maine Nurse Practitioners Association. Katrine grew up in the Midcoast region of Maine. She is a swimmer and competitive athlete. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

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.

Integrating Risk Management and Wellness Programs: A Joint Approach to a Safe and Healthy Workplace

In many organizations we see occupational health and safety and wellness in their individual silos. Historically wellness focuses on prevention of chronic diseases and reducing health care costs, while risk management targets workers’ compensation cost reduction.

There is growing support for employers to combine these areas based on the knowledge that employees with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity often have more frequent and costly workers’ compensation claims. A 2007 Duke University study found that workers who were “morbidly obese filed 45 percent more claims than non-obese workers, had 13 times the number of lost work days, and had medical claims that were seven times higher, and indemnity costs that were 11 times higher than non-obese workers.”

It is clear that very few workplace safety issues can be separated from your employee’s overall health and well-being. Has your workplace taken the step to integrate safety and wellness?

Maine Senior Guide

Maine Senior Guide is an on-line resource of Maine-based services and information for Maine seniors and their families. You can find us on the web at www.MaineSeniorGuide.com .

Who uses Maine Senior Guide? Lots of women age 40-65, because we make many of the care decisions for our families. Seniors themselves are increasingly active in web searches and social media, and they use Maine Senior Guide a lot, too.

What can you find on Maine Senior Guide? Information ranging from senior care communities, home helper services and home health, to estate management help, like elder lawyers. Plus many articles in our library. When you visit Maine Senior Guide, you can look for information under six categories and many easily-recognized subcategories. You just select your preferred region, like Southern Maine or MidCoast, and Maine Senior Guide will show you resources in that category. It’s simple and easy! See us at the free Senior Expo May 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Max Church Hall on Black Point Road in Scarborough.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips: Most people think of inflammation as the byproduct of a muscular injury, tendonitis or bursitis. A large, puffy, swollen body part is what usually accompanies these conditions. There is another type of inflammation. And in the overall scheme of things, this type of inflammation is much more important to the health of the human body. Chronic inflammation is the shared common link in many health conditions: conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The less overall inflammation in the body, the less likely you are to suffer from adverse health conditions. The good news is that chronic inflammation is influenced by diet. There are foods such as high fructose corn syrup, soy, processed vegetable oils (trans fats), and other chemical additives that trigger inflammation in the body. And there are other foods that reduce inflammation in the body, balancing the unique body chemistry that promotes health. The top inflammation reducing foods are: 1. Omega 3 fats. These are the fat’s that come from fish oil such as wild caught salmon. 2. Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, chard and collard greens. 3. Blueberries. 4. Matcha and Tulsi tea. 5. Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut and olives. 6. Shitake mushrooms. 7. Garlic. In addition, there are a few very powerful spices that should be added to the daily diet that have strong anti-inflammatory properties. These spices are: Cloves, Cinnamon, Jamaican allspice, Apple pie spice, Oregano, Pumpkin pie spice mixture, Marjoram, Sage, Thyme, Gourmet Italian spice, Curcumin and Turmeric. If you add these foods and spices to your diet, while replacing processed foods and foods with refined sugars with organic and fresh whole foods, you will have taken a major step towards building health in your body.

Thought for the Month: So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. ~A.J. Reb Materi, Our Family

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

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.

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.

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 reinjury. 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.

Psychotherapy & Body Centered Practices - Coming Soon: A New Studio Offering Yoga, Qui Gong, NIA, & Mindfulness Classes

Art of Awareness provides psychotherapy and body centered practices. Our approach is client centered and supports sustainable self care. We provide 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; 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, LCSW-CC and (returning in June) Emily Roberson, LCSW 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. 102 to discuss your treatment needs and to inquire about our services. Art of Awareness is located at 813 Broadway in South Portland. (Relocating to 100 Waterman Dr. end of June) View our website at www.artofawareness.org.

PARTIALS: A REASON TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR SMILE

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 cleaning.

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 partialsaagreatoptionto replace missing teeth?

1. ECONOMICAL

2. NO SURGERY

3. GREAT SUCCESS RATE

4. MODIFIABLE [teeth can be added if necessary]

5. NATURAL LOOKING RESULTS [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 on the web @ www.DentureSolutionsMaine.com

“SPRING INTO SOUND” VOICE WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN SATURDAY MAY 9

Patricia Mulholland of “Be Your Note” Music Therapy Services is offering a voice workshop for women, “Spring Into Sound,” at Village Yoga in LowerVillage Kennebunk on Saturday, May 9 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. A board certified music therapist in private practice, Patricia brings a breadth of experience working with individuals using voice as a therapeutic modality and is particularly passionate about working with women. “Our voice and our relationship to it – our vocal presence -- signals how we feel about ourselves and can determine how we are perceived by others. In my 25 years of working in the business and academic contexts, and more recently in the clinical one, I have witnessed how an individual’s comfort or discomfort with this vital part of herself impacts her personal and professional life.”

Other focus areas of her practice include working with patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and with clients in the neuro-rehabilitation, psychiatric and hospice settings. She offers group music therapy in a number of healthcare facilities and sees individuals and couples in her studio. Aware that music therapy is not established in Maine, she is part of a State Task Force, led by The American Music Therapy Association, working to achieve state recognition so that music therapy can be integrated into Maine’s healthcare system.

Passionate about advocating for her profession, Patricia welcomes opportunities to give lecture/ demonstrations to healthcare and community organizations on the of music therapy. Upcoming presentations include: “Music Therapy: The Meeting of Science and Art,” at the Kennebunk Library May 11 at 6:30 pm; and “The Role of Music Therapy in Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care,” at the 2nd Annual Creative Health Conference at USM Gorham on May 30.

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