2017-12-22 / Health & Medical

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December is ... AIDS Awareness Month

Knowledge important in the fight against HIV/AIDS

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25 million people have died from HIV/AIDS since the onset of the epidemic roughly 30 years ago. By 2008, more than 33 million people across the globe were living with HIV/AIDS, including more than two million children under age 15.

Though great strides have been made with regards to diagnosing and treating HIV/AIDS, many feel there is still a significant way to go before this deadly disease can be defeated once and for all. One of best assets in the fight against HIV/ AIDS is understanding the disease, which can lead to more effective prevention and a greater appreciation of what those battling the disease are facing every day.

What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. Once a person is infected, the virus works to progressively deteriorate the body’s immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight infection and disease. The infections that result are known as “opportunistic infections,” as they take advantage of an infected person’s weakened immune system.

What is AIDS?

AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is used to describe the most advanced stages of HIV infection. When a person has AIDS, he or she is fighting any of more than 20 opportunistic infections or HIV-related cancers.

How is HIV transmitted?

The WHO notes that HIV can be transmitted in a number of ways. At the onset of the epidemic, HIV was thought to be transmitted only through sexual intercourse. While HIV can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, including oral sex, there are a number of additional ways the disease can be transmitted, including: * transfusion of contaminated blood * sharing of contaminated needles, syringes or other sharp instruments * between a mother and her infant during pregnancy * childbirth * breastfeeding

Who is most at risk of getting HIV?

Though no one is

immune to HIV, there are some people who are at greater risk of HIV than others. These people include:

* injection drug users who share needles

* infants born to mothers with HIV who did not receive HIV therapy during the pregnancy

* sexually active people who engage in unprotected sex, especially with partners who have additional high-risk behaviors, are HIVpositive or have AIDS

* people who received blood transfusions or clotting products between 1977 and 1985, before screening for the HIV virus became standard practice How long does it take before AIDS develops?

Once infected with HIV, those infected often want to know how quickly AIDS will develop. That varies depending on the individual. If untreated, those infected with HIV will develop symptoms of HIV-related illness within 5 to 10 years. But the time between an HIV infection and an AIDS diagnosis can be more than a decade.

Are there symptoms of HIV?

There are symptoms of HIV, but many people do not develop any symptoms upon being infected. However, within several days or weeks of exposure to HIV, some people do experience a flu-like illness characterized by fever, headache, fatigue and enlarged lymph glands in the neck.

Upon infection, symptoms might not appear or be very slow to develop, a period that can last as long as a decade. Though no symptoms appear, the virus will continue to actively multiply and infect and kill cells of the immune system. The virus can gradually kill CD4+ or T4 cells, which are the immune system’s primary infection fighters.

Once the immune system has been weakened, then the following symptoms might develop:

* lack of energy

* weight loss

* frequent fevers and sweats

* persistent or frequent yeast infections

* persistent skin rashes or flaky skin

* short-term memory loss

* mouth, genital or anal sores resulting from herpes infections If AIDS has developed, the affected might begin to experience cough and shortness of breath, seizures and lack of coordination, difficulty swallowing, forgetfulness, fever, vision loss, weight loss, and extreme fatigue.

More information about HIV/AIDS is available at www.who.int.

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.

MassageCraft – Share the Health

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving? If one massage or acupuncture treatment is beneficial, 4 treatments are a fabulous way to enhance the health of a loved one. Save $15 when you purchasea4–1hourgiftseriesatMassageCraft.

Reduce pain, improve sleep, and increase body awareness through massage and acupuncture. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism naturally. Put yourself or a loved in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft. 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, allergies, insomnia, anxiety, or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hand.

Trying to cram 48 hours into a 24 hour day in spite of your pain? A deep tissue massage with the help of some hot stones will work out the soreness, stiffness, and knots. Our practitioners are trained in gua sha and cupping, vigorous friction techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective in working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic, established in 1991, offers 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. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN ’TILL 1 P.M. SATURDAY, DEC. 23 FOR LAST MINUTE GIFT SHOPPING. Please visit our website: 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 /

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.

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.

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.

Cape Nails Hair & Spa

At Cape Nails Hair and Spa, we offer both the latest beauty techniques and products in hopes of providing a comfortable, peaceful and sanitary space. Our services include hair, makeup, facial, waxing, massage, nails enhancement, manicure & pedicure. Our staff is proud to present the cleanliness and effectiveness of our products and utensils. We use pedicure liners and

disposable tools to ensure the utmost sanitation as well as offer more natural products including organic nail polish and SNS Natural Dipping Powder. Our goal is to simply give our clients a friendly environment to relax and be treated. We strive to do our best and welcome your comments and feedback. Cape Nails Hair & Spa thanks you for welcoming us into the neighborhood!

Are you Perplexed, Bewildered, Dazed or Confused about your health insurance?

Tis the season to talk about your healthcare! Medicare Annual Enrollment: October 15 – December 7th! Obamacare Open Enrollment: November 1 – December 15th

Karen Vachon, Licensed Health Insurance agent helps senior citizens, families, and individuals navigate their health protection options. From Medicare to Obamacare, she tackles the individual needs of her clients and their situations – from rising health insurance premiums, prescription costs, doctor networks and federal penalties, Karen taps into available resources and options to meet the life style needs for life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

Whether you are a senior planning for retirement and transitioning from individual or employer coverage or an under 65 individual, family, or self-employed concerned about rising premiums, Karen not only helps people weigh their carrier options, she educates people on how to optimize the value of their plan from preventive care to Medicare 101. “Knowing how your coverage works is more important than simply having it!”

With overlapping enrollment periods, it is true what they say: “When it rains; it pours!” It is a busy season. For personal attention, book your appointment today! Karen books up quickly. 730-2664

What’s happening at the Cape Elizabeth Home?

With the stormy weather and the holidays upon us, everyone has so much to do! But as winter in Maine wears on, the reality is that some folks can’t really enjoy our winter wonderland. Seniors may be burdened with worries about home maintenance, grocery shopping, power outages and dealing with all of the hazards that our icy, snowy weather can cause. This could be the perfect time to put those worries behind you and settle in to a local, affordable and homey independent living community! The Cape Elizabeth Home provides a comfortable atmosphere at a remarkably affordable rate. We have activities and entertainment to make your winter merry and bright. Give us a call and arrange a tour to see if The Cape Elizabeth Home can help make winter in Maine fun again! You can find us on facebook at The Cape Elizabeth Home, call us at 799-4992 or contact us on our web site at Cape Elizabeth Home.org.

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