2017-03-17 / Community

TOTAL Well-being

Eating right can improve quality of life

Legend states that on April 2, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was the first European to discover modern-day Florida when he traveled on a quest for the mythical “Fountain of Youth.” While modern science has proven that there is no mystical fountain or body of water that can reverse or slow down the aging process, there are many steps people can take to age well and prolong their lives.

Eating the right foods is one way to age well. According to Ralph Felder, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of “The Bonus Years Diet,” reversing the aging process internally is more difficult than outward cosmetic changes. But the right foods can go a long way toward increasing both life expectancy and quality of life. Those who want to employ diet to increase their life expectancy may want to start adding more of the following foods to their breakfast, lunch and dinner plates.

• Broccoli, grapes and salad: According to Health magazine, researchers have found that compounds in these three foods boast extra life-extending benefits.

• Berries: In addition to their abundance of antioxidants, berries have other benefits. A 2012 study from Harvard University found that at least one serving of blueberries or two servings of strawberries each week may reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.

• Fruits and vegetables: Produce is good for the body because it’s low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Numerous studies have indicated that diets plentiful in fruits and vegetables help people maintain a healthy weight and protect against cardiovascular disease.

• Whole grains: Whole grains pack a lot of nutrition into a low-calorie food. Whole grains help protect against type 2 diabetes, and researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center found study participants whose diets included plenty of whole grains and fruit cut their heart disease risk by almost half compared to those whose diets favored meat and fatty foods.

• Red wine: A glass a day for women and no more than two glasses daily for men can be beneficial. Moderate consumption of red wine has been shown to slow age-related declines in cardiovascular function, according to the American Heart Association.

• Fiber: Increase your fiber intake for a longer life. Research from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that the more fiber you include in your diet, the lower your risk of coronary heart disease. The daily recommendation is 25 to 35 grams.

While there may be no such thing as the fountain of youth, a healthy diet can help men and women prolong their lives.

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, inevitably 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 home 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.

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 well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about costs, quality, and availability of resources in Maine.

MassageCraft - CHRONIC PAIN?

We have the answer. Looking for relief from chronic pain that can actually improve your health? Reduce pain, sleep better, and increase your body awareness through massage, acupuncture, yoga and polarity. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism. Let 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, acupuncture, yoga, and polarity.

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’ve taken a tumble on the 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 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, SMHC, and MBH. MORE WEEKEND OPENINGS AVAILABLE. Call 286-8416 or 934- 0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Home Snuggers answers your questions about RetroFoam Insulation:

1) How much will it cost?
It depends on your home’s size, age, and
configuration. The average is about $4,500 and
Efficiency Maine pays about $1,200 of that for
most customers.
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) How does RetroFoam work?
RetroFoam goes into the enclosed cavities and
hidden gaps. It reduces outside drafts and increases thermal resistance / R-values.

5) What else should I know?
RetroFoam is eco-friendly, odor-free, a Class
1 fire material, pest-resistant, and sound
dampening.
6) Where does it come from?
It’s made in Scandinavia. We import it from
Norway.
7) How can I be sure that 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.

Sancturay Home Organizing - Personal Chaos Control

We live in a chaotic world so why come home to chaos? Shouldn’t your home be your sanctuary? Many people find that decluttering their life restores their psychic energy—they feel freer and can think straight again. If you have rooms full of boxes, clothing, & stuff that you have been meaning to get to, you need my services. As a professional organizer, I offer a fresh view of the situation; instruct on where to start; physically help you with decluttering, sorting, organizing

and arranging; find homes for the discards; and keep you on task. You will be amazed at what we can accomplish in 3 to 4 hours! Call me, Leslie Girmscheid, of Sanctuary Home Organizing for a free evaluation. I also help with downsizing & staging a home for upcoming sale. For more information and organizing tips, check out my website at www.SanctuaryHomeOrganizing.com. Contact me at 207-272-6027 or leslieg@maine.rr.com.

What is Maine Senior Guide?

Maine Senior Guide is a free website www.MaineSeniorGuide.com), one stop shopping for senior resources, whether it’s agencies, businesses or services. If you’re looking for senior resource information, you can find it on Maine Senior Guide. A comprehensive resource website for mature Mainers, Maine Senior Guide is free to readers.

Many people use Maine Senior Guide to find resources for their senior loved ones or clients, but active seniors use the site as well to find resources ranging from estate planning and downsizing to senior living options and home care listings.

People find senior resources by searching a topic or geographic area on the site. Businesses have the opportunity to provide articles for our library, blogs for our expert blogger section and answers to our “Ask MSG” column, as well as their descriptive profile. Viewers don’t have to sign in, register, subscribe, give us their blood type or do anything else to view the site.

Senior-focused businesses get a free listing (name, address and phone number.) Businesses that could benefit from more exposure to Maine’s growing senior demographic can enrich their listing on the site with additional copy, photos and links to their website and social media. The premium level includes a lot of social media support in our blog, Facebook and newsletter postings.

Maine Senior Guide also produces four senior expos around the state. This year, the spring expos are at Southern Maine Senior Expo Scarborough 2017 Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at St. Max Kolbe Church, MidCoast Senior Expo June 2017 Thursday, June 8 at the Elk’s Club in Rockland, Andy Valley Senior Expo June 2017 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at RiverWatch Hilton Garden in Auburn Seacoast Senior Expo Kittery October 2017 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Kittery Community Center Southern Maine Senior Expo Fall 2017 Freeport, October 2017. The expos are free, and include speakers and lots of exhibitors who have information to share and the ability to answer many questions about senior services.

Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Center

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips: Morning Exercise

As most of us know, regular exercise is essential for improving and maintaining overall health. Regular exercise not only helps you to maintain or lose bodyweight, exercise is extremely important for enhancing the performance of all of your bodily systems. According to Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, Chief Exercise Physiologist of the American Council on Exercise, one of the best times to exercise is first thing in the morning. “Starting your morning with physical activity, you set the day’s pace,” Bryant says. “Morning exercisers tend to stick with their exercise habit,” he says. “By doing the bulk of exercise first thing in the morning, you get your exercise in before other distractions can intrude. We can all relate to that because once the day gets going, it’s hard to get off the treadmill called life.” Often the biggest concern among people who do not exercise is that they have too much to do in the morning before getting out the door. They feel they don’t have time to fit in an exercise session. The solution to that problem is to wake up 30-40 minutes earlier, just for the exercise routine. Get out of bed, freshen-up and exercise. The first few sessions may be tough, and you will be more tired at the end of the day, but guess what? You’ll sleep better through the night and may even end up going to bed a little earlier. A little more quality sleep, coupled with your new exercise routine can only mean one thing...a healthier, happier life!

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 helpfulness 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.

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