2016-08-19 / Health & Medical

TOTAL well-being

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 diseasefighting 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 twodose 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.

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.

Wellness Fair In Saco

I decided that it would be great to have a Wellness Fair in Saco once a month to motivate us all to practice more wellbeing in our lives. Therefore, I created a space and the opportunity to meet with a group of people who practice wellbeing/wellness modalities. I have invited massage therapist, Reiki and other energy practitioners, aromatherapist, psychic and angel card readers, healing art prints and greeting cards. People who sell crystals and semi-precious jewelry and more.

The space is limited so we operate on the first come first serve basis. I continue accepting vendors/practitioners until all the spaces are taken. 8 foot table space and floor space is $45.00 for the day. Call Marie at 207- 205-2521 for an application.

I also want to invite the public to the fair. We do not charge the public admission. See www.sacowellnessfair.com for more information.

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. Our practitioners have 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.

Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All our practitioners are trained in gua sha and cupping, soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective at working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

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

Keep cool in the face of summer heat

The month of August is often referred to as “the dog days of summer,” a phrase that can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The “dog days” are a reference to the dog star, Sirius, which appeared to rise just before the sun in late July, when temperatures were at their hottest. As a result, the phrase “dog days” remains synonymous with summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere.

Keeping cool during the dog days of summer can be difficult, especially for people who live in humid climates. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, heat is the leading weatherrelated killer in the United States, with the National Vital Statistics System reporting a total of more than 7,400 deaths between 1999 and 2010. Many of those deaths could have been prevented had people taken steps to keep cool in the face of summer heat.

• Choose wisely when spending time outdoors. As hot as summer can be, many people still want to enjoy some time outdoors. You don’t have to spend summer indoors to survive the summer heat, but it helps to choose the time you spend outdoors wisely. Avoid spending time outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Temperatures soar and peak during these hours, and the American Melanoma Foundation notes that UV radiation reaches its peak intensity at approximately 1 p.m. The more intense that UV radiation is, the more susceptible people are to UV-related sun damage to their skin. If you prefer to exercise outdoors during the summer, do so in the early morning or in the evening, when temperatures tend to be lower and UV radiation is less of a threat.

• Limit time spent outside. It’s okay to spend time outside in the summer, just make sure you are not outside for extended periods of time on hot days. Exposure to sustained heat can adversely affect the body’s ability to sweat. Sweat might be uncomfortable, but it helps to regulate body temperature by cooling the body. People who cannot sweat or suddenly stop perspiring can succumb to heat exhaustion or heat stroke very quickly. If you must spend time outdoors on hot days, take periodic breaks to go indoors, heading inside immediately if you realize your body is no longer producing sweat.

• Stay hydrated. Come the dog days of summer, keep a water bottle with you at all times, refilling it throughout the day as necessary. The American Heart Association notes that the heart can more easily pump blood through blood vessels to the muscles when it is hydrated. That means the heart isn’t working as hard as it would have to if you were not staying hydrated. Dehydration reduces the body’s ability to sweat and maintain a normal body temperature, so stay hydrated on hot days by drinking water throughout the day.

• Make cool dietary choices. When planning meals on hot days, choose light foods and opt for small portions so you aren’t fighting feelings of sluggishness that can compound any heat-related feelings of listlessness you’re already coping with. In addition, choose meals that don’t require you to turn on the oven. Hot ovens can make homes, even those with fully functioning air conditioning systems, far less comfortable on especially hot days. The dog days of summer are often marked by humidity and blazing sun. Overcoming those factors may require altering certain habits.

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

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

“Whether you are a senior planning for retirement and transitioning from either individual or employer coverage to Medicare, or an under 65 individual, family, self-employed small business owner, Karen helps people navigate their health insurance options and enroll in plans that best meets their needs and budget.

Karen reviews individual situations. She helps determine if people qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. She tackles the challenging issues such as high prescription costs, doctor networks, and tax penalties. She also educates people on how to use their plan – from preventive care to Medicare 101, knowing how it all works is more important than simply having it!

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

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: “Exercise is the best preventive drug we have, and everybody needs to take that medicine.” And, as stated by Dr. Timothy Church,2 director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge: “Exercise strengthens the entire human machine — the heart, the brain, the blood vessels, the bones, the muscles. The most important thing you can do for your long-term health is lead an active life.” “Exercise helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing their receptor sensitivity. This is one of the most important factors for optimizing your overall health. Compelling evidence also suggests that even if you exercise regularly, prolonged sitting is itself a risk factor for chronic disease and reduced lifespan. Standing up at regular intervals throughout the day can effectively counteract such ill effects. Researchers have stated that exercise is the “best preventive drug” known. One recent meta analysis found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and medications for prediabetes and heart disease. Exercise affects your entire body—from head to toe— in beneficial ways. This includes changes in your muscles, lungs, heart, joints, bones, and brain.” ~ Dr. Joe Mercola

Thought for the Month: An apple a day and the 30 minutes of exercise will can keep the doctor away!!

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Although exercise is critical, it requires healthy muscles to make it happen. What causes those muscles to work? The brain. Science shows that overwhelming stress can affect how the brain and nerve system affect the balance of the muscles and consequently how effective they are at supporting the body during exercise. With brain based chiropractic we are able to evaluate your brain and nerve system, including how your brain is affecting your muscles. 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

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