2017-06-16 / 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.

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.

Did you know?

A Senior helping Seniors. I have been helping my peers for over 12 years understand the various options available when becoming eligible for Medicare. Turning 65, leaving employment after turning 65, or maybe just moving into the State of Maine? You have choices.

As an independent agent, contracted with many of the Medicare insurers in the State of Maine, let me help with the various options available whether it is zero monthly premiums or a Cadillac plan that has a monthly premium. Medicare Supplement (Medigap), Medicare Advantage and/or Prescription drug plans, let me explain how it works and help you make the choice that is comfortable for you.

There is no obligation or fee for this service.

Call anytime …

Judy Cunningham

Office (207)799-2550 or Cell (207)318-0459

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.

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?

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, 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.

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 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.

Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Centre

HUGS - From the moment we are born to the time of our death, touch is an extremely important contributor to emotional and physical health. The act of hugging causes the release of the “feel good” hormones dopamine and oxytocin and reduces the damaging hormone cortisol. Health benefits from hugs include lower blood pressure, reduced heart rate, reduced anxiety and increased compassion. Hugs have also been shown to decrease incidence of depression. Sharon Farber, Ph.D., commented in Psychology Today: “Being touched and touching someone else are fundamental modes of human interaction, and increasingly, many people are seeking out their own professional touchers and body arts teachers — chiropractors, physical therapists, Gestalt therapists, Rolfers, the Alexander-technique and Feldenkrais people, massage therapists, martial arts and T’ai Chi Ch’uan instructors. Some even wait in physicians’ offices for a physical examination for ailments with no organic cause — they wait to be touched.” The late Virginia Satir, psychotherapist and pioneer in family therapy, spoke about the importance of touch and hugs as it relates to a person’s emotional health: “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Hugs are healthy for your emotional and physical well-being. Even a 10-second hug may give you most of the benefits listed above. 95% of disease today is caused by stress. Hugs are an excellent way to reduce the effects of stress. For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207- 283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com.

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