2017-08-18 / Health & Medical

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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.

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

What’s new at the Cape Elizabeth Home?

We are under new administration and are making a few changes at the Cape Elizabeth Home! We still offer the same excellent independent living community, welcoming seniors who want the convenience of community living while maintaining the comforts of home.

We still have the same restaurant style dining, with delicious, top-notch meals, and the same caring and responsible staff around the clock. We still include laundry and housekeeping in our very affordable monthly rate.

So what’s new? We have added a new activity coordinator to help us stay involved and in touch with the many resources and events in our vibrant community. We have updated our community room to make more space for Bingo, Movie Night, and first-rate entertainment.

We have added weekly activities, including visiting pets! Our volunteer gardener is working hard making our gardens more inviting for our residents and guests to enjoy.

Our beautiful, historic home is conveniently located right across the bridge from Portland, with access to many amenities, with bus services leading right to our front door. We currently have vacancies, so this is the perfect time to check us out! You can find us on facebook at The Cape Elizabeth Home, or check out our website, at capeelizabethhome.org.

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 hearing from you.

Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Centre

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tip: 90% of Ailments caused by Stress!

Stress is the most pervasive malady of our time. The constant pressure of living in a fastpaced world has created an environment where we all suffer its effects. In fact, the National Institutes of Health says that as many as 90% of all illnesses are caused directly or indirectly by stress.

What kind of toll is stress taking on your health? Has stress spoiled your quality of life? Harmed your relationships? Thousands of men and women now live rich and rewarding lives who never thought they could…thanks to Brain Tap.

You’ll discover a simple way to break free of your stress, tension and anxiety for good. People across the nation are now learning to protect themselves from stress. People like Jennifer Severo who says, “When I discovered this program, my life was forever changed. I feel as if I’ve been illuminated from the inside.”

About 30 years ago Dr. Patrick Porter developed Brain Tap Technology. In 20 relaxing minutes a day you can get the same benefits that thousands of people have seen over the last three decades. These users regularly report that BrainTap:

• Reduces or eliminates brain fog and negative mind chatter

• Helps increase energy

• Promoted relaxation, which contributes to Healthy Sleep Habits

• Reduced unwanted habits and behaviors

• Enhanced productivity, memory, focus and creativity

• Improved quality of life

Whether you want to overcome stress eating, conquer a bad habit, instill a positive mindset, advance your career, master a sport, enhance learning, write the Great American Novel, get your body super fit or simply regain your health and vitality, BrainTap is for you!

Are you ready to have your life back? For more information about Brain Tap and to schedule your FREE Brain Tap Session (followed up with a 30 day free home trial): Call 207-283-1168 right now. Can you really afford to spend another day with your stress? (Brain Tap is available to you whether or not you are an active member of our chiropractic practice).

Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Centre

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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 & 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.

Judy Cunningham

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

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?

Outdoor exercise can benefit both the planet and the people doing the exercising. By exercising outdoors instead of at home or at indoor fitness centers, men and women can reduce their carbon footprints. Exercising in the great outdoors does not require the use of energy-consuming fitness machines. In addition, when exercising outdoors during daylight hours, nature provides all the light men and women will need for their workouts, further reducing the average person’s energy consumption. And it’s not just adults who can benefit from spending more time outdoors. According to the Harvard Medical School, children are likely to get more exercise if they spend time outdoors than they are if they spend time indoors. A study from researchers in England used GPS devices and accelerometers to track the activity of 1,000 children. The children were more than twice as active when they were outside than they were when they were in inside. When children spend ample time outdoors, that, too, can benefit the environment. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average youngster spends three hours per day watching television and gets as much as seven hours of screen time each day. When kids are outdoors, they are less likely to be staring at energy-consuming screens and devices than they are when they’re indoors.

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