2017-04-21 / Health & Medical

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APRIL is... Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

Parkinson’s disease: Recognize early onset symptoms

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder. Classic motor symptoms, such as tremor, rigidity and extreme slowness of movements and reflexes, called bradykinesia, are typically

used to identify Parkinson’s. However, identification of other, more subtle symptoms may help identify the disease years before more obvious motor conditions present themselves.

Since Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive neurological disease, symptoms are often mild at the onset, becoming more severe over time. Initial symptoms may be so subtle that they’re even difficult for specialists to detect, according to the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Symptoms also may be different for some patients than others and may progress at different paces. Dopamine loss is a major contributor to the onset of Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine controls movement and mood, so when dopamine is affected, walking, talking and writing can be impacted. Depression or anxiety may accompany other symptoms. The National Institutes of Health says Parkinson’s disease affects as many as 500,000 people in the United States. An early diagnosis may help improve quality of life

and delay the onset of greater motor issues. Here’s what to look for and discuss with a doctor. • Micrographia and other handwriting issues occur. Those with Parkinson’s disease may start experiencing changes in their handwriting. Penmanship may look cramped, and letters tend to be smaller than normal (micrographia). Individuals may find it difficult to hold a pen and write. • Tremors take place in a limb. Tremors usually begin in the hands or fingers and may even mimic a pill-rolling technique, which is a tremor between the thumb and forefinger. Tremors usually occur when the limb is at rest. • Pace or activities slow down. Parkinson’s disease may reduce one’s ability to move and may slow down movements. An early symptom may be a noticeable slowing down in steps or ability

to react to something, like a ball being thrown one’s way. Some with Parkinson’s may drag their feet or shuffle as they walk or find it difficult to get out of a chair. • Loss of automatic movements and functions can occur. Difficulty with unconscious movements, such as blinking, smiling or even swinging arms, may occur when a person has Parkinson’s disease. Movements may be uncoordinated and stiff. Increased salivation and perspiration also may be indicators. • Poor balance and loss of posture may develop. People with Parkinson’s disease may hunch over more and more and be unable to stand up straight. Balance issues, such as greater incidences of falls or being able to tip over more easily, may occur. • Speech can change. Changes

in speech can begin, including hesitating before speaking, slurring words or speaking in a monotone voice. • Others may notice a masked face. This describes a vacant or fixed stare and lack of facial animation. • Sleep issues may increase. Parkinson’s disease can affect sleeping patterns and behaviors. People with Parkinson’s may experience vivid dreams and nightmares, as well as an inability to stay asleep. Daytime drowsiness may also occur. Parkinson’s disease is rare, and symptoms that mimic those of Parkinson’s may be caused by other conditions. However, if you or someone you know is experiencing repeated symptoms of any of the ones described here, speak with your general practitioner or a neurologist.

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.

Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Center

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Most of us know regular exercise is essential for improving and maintaining overall health. It not only helps you to maintain or lose bodyweight, exercise is extremely important for enhancing the performance of all of your bodily systems. Exercise helps to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Exercise increases the body’s metabolism, immune system capabilities, cardiovascular function and bone density. It also has a positive effect on a person’s mental outlook. The body produces certain hormones during exercise that elevate mood and emotional well being. Exercise is a perfect way to reduce the negative effects of stress. 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. Studies show that the body will continue to burn an excess of calories hours after the exercise session, promoting further weight loss. Often the biggest concern among people who do not exercise is 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!

Thought for the Month: Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~Edward Stanley

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


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 lots of boxes, clothing, & stuff that you just never get around to dealing with, 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 homes 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.

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.

Sable Lodge

A resort-style retirement community, is coming to South Portland soon. This luxurious community will be the home of happy residents engaging in a full schedule of activities; from painting classes, bingo, fitness events, shopping days and clubs, to live shows in a state-of-theart theater and lunches around town. The all-inclusive month-to-month rent will bring residents the safety and security needed to relax and enjoy retirement living, where fresh Chef-prepared dining choices offer everything from fine dining, to a casual buffet, to room service.

When residents don’t feel like driving around town to take care of daily business, Sable Lodge will have an on-site bank, hair salon and general store with pharmacy services. The community will offer free scheduled transportation via a shuttle bus and 24/7 concierge services. Each apartment home will be designed for convenience; comfort with a full kitchen and bathrooms including great lighting and washer/ dryer hookups. Maintenance and light weekly housekeeping are provided by the professional staff.

Please join us at one of our limited seating informational seminars on May 2-4. Call to make your reservation today at 207-613-1932.

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? Maybe your muscles and joints ache from activities associated with the sudden arrival of Spring.

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.


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 helplfulness of our caring staff...The pleasures of chefprepared 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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