2016-06-17 / Health & Medical

TOTAL well-being

JUNE is... Men's Health Month

Men’s Health Screening

Many women feel that they can’t give a man directions. Maybe it’s the stubborn tendency of males, or maybe it’s that they don’t like to be told what to do. It comes as no surprise, then, that it’s difficult to get most men to go to the doctor. Maybe they don’t want to talk about their health problems. Perhaps they feel normal and don’t see a need to make an appointment. Or it could be because they don’t want to hear that anything is wrong with them. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that men get regular health screening tests. Catching problems early on, can often help prevent them from turning into something more serious down the road. Below are some guidelines on men’s screening tests. If you are a man reading this, talk to your doctor about when he thinks you should schedule these exams, as test frequency varies based on your age, your health history and your family’s health history. BODY MEASUREMENTS

Taking your height, weight and bodymass index (BMI) helps determine whether your are overweight. Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. BMI is assessed using a mathematical form of weight and height. BLOOD PRESSURE

A blood-pressure test is the only way to determine if you have high blood pressure. If undetected and untreated, it can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. According to the American Heart Association, you should get it checked at least once every two years — and more often if your doctor says it’s high. CHOLESTEROL TEST

A blood test is used to determine your good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. According to the AHA, cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. Humans need cholesterol, but a high level increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Men age 20 years or older should have their cholesterol checked every five years and more frequently as they age or if they have high cholesterol levels.

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 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.

Massage For Father’s Day!

A massage. Even if it’s his first. What better way to express your appreciation than with a massage…..or an acupuncture treatment if he’s adventurous? Receive a $10 off coupon on Dad’s first acupuncture treatment when you purchase a one hour massage gift certificate for Father’s Day.

Dad do you, suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the experienced staff at MassageCraft put your Dad on the road to optimum health. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture. Not sure whether Dad 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? Perhaps Dad has over exerted in the garden or on the golf course????? 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 MBH. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, licensed health insurance agent, helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare, she gets up close and personal to the individual needs of her clients needs and situation, she helps people tap into available resources to best protect life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

“The health insurance purchase has changed a lot in the last few years and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, choose and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs and budget.

Open enrollment for 2016 ends January 31st – for those who would like to change their plans or enroll for the first time. Special enrollment outside of the annual enrollment period are available for those who have lost employer or state provided coverage, moved in our out of an area, or had a life change.

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused? Call Karen! 207- 730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation?

Are you juggling caring for a parent and raising a family at the same time? Are you also working? If you are facing any of the above, it can be challenging and at times overwhelming.

You are not alone. Help is available from LifeStages, a division of VNA Home Health Hospice. Care Managers, who are skilled nurses and clinicians, can support and guide you through the challenges that come from supporting an aging loved one. They are experts on local resources and can make recommendations for living options at local facilities, or help you put a plan together so your parent can stay home safely. They can also provide medical oversight in your home. Most importantly, they are by your side if a crisis should occur guiding and advocating for you and your parent through the complex health care system.

The result? Greater peace of mind and time for you and your family.

To learn more about LifeStages please call 400-8763 or visit www.vnahomehealth.org

HOME SNUGGERS ANSWERS ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT “ RETROFOAM INSULATION” !

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:

Health Tips of the Month: According to CBS Nightly News in a recent report, exercise improves memory and cognition, and helps stave off dementia. Strength training — and working your leg muscles in particular — has been shown to have a particularly strong impact on brain function and memory. Among seniors, engaging in medium-to-high intensity exercise can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years. Exercise also helps dispel depression — in many cases more effectively than antidepressants — and purges your body of stress chemicals associated with stress-related depression. “Older adults who reported either light or no exercise at all experienced a cognitive decline equal to 10 more years of aging when compared to people who were moderate to intense exercisers. ‘The number of people over the age of 65 in the United States is on the rise, meaning the public health burden of thinking and memory problems will likely grow,’ study author Dr. Clinton B. Wright ... said in a statement. ‘Our study showed that for older people, getting regular exercise may be protective, helping them keep their cognitive abilities longer.’”

Are you having a hard time sleeping at night? Research shows that the body’s natural sleep hormone (melatonin) levels decrease if you are exposed to bright light and electronic displays 2 hours before bedtime. Melatonin levels are supposed to increase in the evening for a good night’s sleep. Studies suggest that to have good night’s sleep, room temperature needs to be below 70 degrees, take a hot bath or shower 90 minutes before bedtime, do not use your computer (I-pad, Kindle etc) or watch TV 2 hours before bed, eliminate electromagnetic fields in the bedroom such as wireless devices. Keep your phone at least 10 feet from the bed, or shut it off entirely. Avoid caffeine and alcohol 4-6 hours before bed time. Nicotine due to its many other adverse health effect should be avoided at all costs, but nicotine is also a stimulant and will contribute to poor quality of sleep. Many of our patients report sleeping better simply by getting brain-based chiropractic adjustments.

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

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