2016-10-21 / Health & Medical

TOTAL well-being

OCTOBER is... National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

History of mammogram technology

Mammography remains one of the most popular and well-known diagnostic tools for breast cancer. It is estimated that 48 million mammograms are performed each year in the United States and many others are conducted all around the world under the recommended guidance of doctors and cancer experts. Mammography can be traced back more than 100 years to 1913, when German surgeon Albert Salomon attempted to visualize cancer of the breast through radiography. By the 1930s, the concept of mammography was gaining traction in the United States. Stafford L. Warren, an American physician and radiologist, began his own work on mammography, developing techniques of producing stereoscopic images of the breast with X-rays. He also championed the importance of comparing both breast images side-by-side.

Raul Leborgne, a radiologist from Uruguay, conducted his own work on mammography and, in 1949, introduced the compression technique, which remains in use today. By compressing the breast, it is possible to get better imaging through the breast and use a lower dose of radiation. Also, compression helps spread the structures of the breast apart to make it easier to see the individual internal components. Compression helps to pull the breast away from the chest wall and also to immobilize the breast for imaging.

Advancements in mammogram technology continued to improve through the 1950s and 1960s. Texas radiologist Robert Egan introduced a new technique with a fine-grain intensifying screen and improved film to produce clearer images. In 1969, the first modern-day film mammogram was invented and put into widespread use. The mammogram process was fine-tuned in 1972 when a highdefinition intensifying screen produced sharper images and new film offered rapid processing and shorter exposure to radiation. By 1976, the American Cancer Society began recommending mammography as a screening tool.

Through the years, mammography became a great help to women looking to arm themselves against breast cancer. Thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment, breast cancer deaths are down from their peak and survival rates continue to climb.

Aging Excellence

In May 2015, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers changed its name to “Aging Life Care Association” (ALCA - aginglifecare.org) . “Aging Life Care” is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults facing on-going health challenges. Aging Excellence has always been a certified and proud member of this organization since its inception. Our Aging Life Care Professionals are certified health and human services specialist who act as a guide and an advocate for families who live near or far and are

caring for older relatives here in Maine. They provide the expertise and answers at a time of uncertainty and assist clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are also addressed. Our Aging Life Care Professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the wellbeing of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about costs, quality, and availability of resources in Maine.

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? Perhaps you’re feeling sore from keeping pace with the extended Indian summer? 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.

Individual Care of Maine

Q. What makes Individual Care of Maine different from other In Home Care companies.

A. A few things separate us from other in home care companies.

First; We prioritize getting outside daily as it pertains to each client. depending on the physical abilities of each client we try to walk an move each day.

Second; We believe in cooking exceptional meals. There is just something about a home cooked meal that is good for the soul. When we train we also incorporate some cooking lessons to get our caregivers thinking about exceptional nutrition.

Third; We pay our caregivers way above the industry norm. We work as a team and help one another. When the caregivers are happy everybody is happy. In most situations the saying “the client comes first” is the norm. We believe this but we also feel that the caregiver also comes first. If the caregiver is well compensated and well supported by their employer, inevitibly ensures that the caregiver takes pride in the job that he or she is doing. When you take good care of your employees they ,in turn take good care of the client.

Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

A. A dear friend was having a terrible time finding quality help with her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She was going through many caregivers and was continuously stressed about what was going on at hom while she was at work. Caregivers were calling in sick, not showing up, and sometimes just not a good fit for the family. Having been in a role as a caregiver as early as age 22 when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then with a son needing ongoing surgeries from a bone disorder, and then being a cancer survivor myself I understood both sides of caregiving. I understood the stress and worry of caring for a family member and also recognized the difference my caregivers made in my and my familys life while I was undergoing my own treatment for cancer. I was inspired and I knew how I wanted our company to look. More human and less corporate.

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.

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 Tip of the Month: Many people choose note to have the flu vaccine because of potential toxic hazards and questions of reliable protection. Although there are two camps with distinct concerns about the vaccine, it is 100% agreed that no one wants to get the flu virus and suffer through the sickness that accompanies it. Several studies report the effectiveness of the use of vitamin D3 supplementation to prevent the flu. It is not surprising that the flu occurs most frequently during the winter months when our sun exposure is more limited and we spend more time indoors. The warmer weather and sun exposure during the spring and summer allow the body to manufacture its own vitamin D3 and, therefore, the supplementation requirements are much less during that time frame. It is the opinion of many doctors and medical researchers that the best flu fighting strategy is not the flu vaccine, but a sound regimen of proper nutrition, vitamin supplementation, exercise, enough sleep and vitalistic ways to keep your immune system working properly, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and meditation to reduce stress.

Thought for the Month: The best six doctors anywhere, and no one can deny it, are sunshine, water, rest and air, exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend, if only you are willing. Your mind they’ll ease, your will they’ll mend, and charge you not a shilling. ~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, “What the River Knows,” 1990 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

WHAT IS THE CAPE ELIZABETH HOME?

We’re a private, not for profit residence offering seniors an attractive alternative to remaining in their own homes.

Who lives at the Home? Men and women seventy and above who are independent enough to care for their own personal needs - those not requiring assisted living or on site medical services.

What do we offer? That safe feeling you get from knowing others are close by... The heplfulness of our caring staff...The pleasures of chef-prepared meals...A warm and homey atmosphere...Laundry and housekeeping services, weekly activities...A residence custom-built with seniors’ needs in mind. Conveniently located right across the bridge from Portland, near shopping, medical facilities.

Please call 799-4992 for more information - or better yet, why not arrange for a visit and personal tour of the Home? We look forward to meeting you.

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, selfemployed 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.

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