2015-08-21 / Health & Medical

AUGUST IS... National Immunization Awareness Month

Recommended immunizations for those age 50+

Routine immunizations can keep people safe and healthy. Certain vaccinations can prevent diseases from producing symptoms, while others can lessen the duration of an illness or make conditions less severe. Vaccination schedules become a way of life for parents to young children. But vaccinations aren’t just for kids, and adults should keep tabs on their immunization histories to ensure they’re up-to-date with vaccinations for their particular age group and lifestyle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the elderly are more likely to die of a vaccine-preventable disease than other age groups. The immune system begins to decline as we age, so the body can benefit from the disease-fighting boost provided by vaccinations. Individuals at any age should discuss immunizations with their doctors, but it’s a particularly important conversation for those age 50 and older. Vaccine schedules and recommendations may vary depending on where a person lives, but the following immunization recommendations are offered courtesy of the CDC. • Influenza: An annual flu shot can help prevent the nearly 36,000 deaths that occur due to flu each year in the United States. The flu vaccine is designed to combat the current strain of flu, so it is recommended anytime between September to March, which is the prime flu season. People age 50 and older should opt for the injection rather than the nasal form of the vaccine.

• Tdap: This vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and is especially necessary for people who have close contact with young infants. Pertussis, or whooping cough, can be passed on to youngsters and make them very ill. If you’ve never received a Tdap vaccine, the CDC suggests getting it at least once. Individual tetanus boosters should be received every 10 years.

• Pneumococcal: Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the pneumococcus bacteria. It can cause pneumonia, blood infection, ear infections, and even bacterial meningitis. This vaccine is given to adults age 65 and older or to younger adults at their physicians’ discretion.

• Hepatitis A: Individuals with medical, occupational or lifestyle conditions, such as healthcare workers or people with chronic liver disease, may need a two-dose series of the hepatitis A vaccine.

Adults who are avid travelers to various parts of the world that may bring them in contact with animals or people who do not receive the same course of immunizations may need additional vaccines. Speak with a doctor about which immunizations are recommended before travel.


1) How much does it cost to insulate my house? Depends on how much you want done, and how much we can save you with Efficiency Maine rebates. The average is about $4,500.

2) How long does it take? Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s usually applied from outside.

3) How much will I save on my heat bill? That varies between different homes. We find 30% - 40% is common.

4) What is the benefit of RetroFoam insulation? The real benefit to your comfort is the air

sealing, which reduces drafts and cold penetration from outside. Plus, it will keep rooms cooler in the summer too.

5) Are there other benefits, too? Yes, the RetroFoam is odor free, class 1 fire retardant, and keeps mice and other pests from invading your home, and sound dampening.

6) How can I be assured it’s well sealed? First, our technicians are highly trained; we check everything with a thermal imaging camera, and the post testing by the Efficiency Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and us another level of quality control.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips – Brain Based Wellness and Music

For years I have been offering a monthly health tip about preventing the physical, chemical and emotional stressors that cause ill health. Approximately 95% of disease is caused by stress. Did you know that it is our brain and nervous system that processes that stress? Over the next several months I will offer articles about brain based wellness. This month’s article is about music and the brain. The latest scientific research tells us that if you begin playing an instrument early in life, you have better math and reading skills, and improved executive functioning, like problem solving, switching between tasks and focus.

MRI scans show that there is more activation in musically trained children than in untrained children. Scientists at Boston’s Children’s Hospital could see that the pre-frontal cortex, the seat of executive functioning, was active with musically trained children and adults given executive training tasks while scanned, compared to their peers who had no musical training. While these skills are improved with musical training, the children are also playing in a group and listening to each other. There are many brain systems involved. Hearing, the motor system, emotional system, executive function system – all of these working together is almost like a musical ensemble within one child.

Neuropsychologists suggest that music promotes brain “plasticity” as a result of experiences engaging the brain through emotion, repetition and requiring full attention…playing music! Music places higher demands on the brain and on some of the shared networks we use for other abilities. Music and singing help to restore speech as a therapeutic method for rehabilitating victims of stroke and other brain injuries as well as people with severe autism. Introducing music at an early age is important to brain development. Singing or playing an instrument at any age can be good for your health!

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

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.

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.

A deep tissue massage will work out stiffness, soreness and knots. All of our practitioners are trained in cupping and guasha, Chinese friction techniques that work out stubborn old injuries and revitalize damaged tissues. Are unproductive thought patterns complicating your pain? Try an energy balancing polarity session with Intuitive Life Coach Mary Feeley, now available Saturdays at MassageCraft.

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

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.

Get comprehensive eye exams from Dr. Jo Johnson

Dr. Jo Johnson has been serving the eyecare needs of York County since 1977. A fully licensed medical doctor whose specialty is ophthalmology, Dr. Jo (as many of her patients call her) provides both medical and surgical eyecare. She operates at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford where she does cataract and implant surgery.

In her offices, Dr. Johnson offers comprehensive eye exams to look for signs of glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, lyme disease and many other diseases. She treats eye diseases and injuries and also prescribes glasses. The emphasis is on meeting the personal eyecare needs of her patients and evaluating the health of their eyes.

Dr. Johnson takes the time to get to know her patients and their medical histories. She has the knowledge and experience to assist her patients in making sensible decisions concerning their health and the health of their eyes. Her warm and supportive approach to her patients makes her an ideal choice for your family’s eyecare needs. Dr. Johnson sees children through seniors and accepts most insurances including Medicare and Mainecare.

She has offices in 2 convenient locations: Kimball Health Center, 333 Lincoln Street, Saco • 283- 3676 and Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road (RTE. 1), Wells • 985-2020

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