2018-04-13 / 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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

Makko-ho yoga at MassageCraft.

Join us Saturday, April 21 from 10- 12 for Makko-ho yoga and group acupuncture. Move your Qi and tune-up your meridians and organs with these gentle stretches aimed at opening up qi flow. Optimize your qi flow even more with group acupuncture. You rest quietly with five needles placed in each ear. This point combination can be helpful with pain, PTSD, sleep disturbances and stress.

Are you looking for ways to 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? 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. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

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.

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.

Peck’s Family Acupuncture

Peck’s Family Acupuncture is pleased to announce we will be offering kids herbal classes starting in June! On Saturday, we will have Fairy Workshop for ages 5-7 where we will introduce our youngest friends to the forest and inspire their imaginations with fairy exploration. For ages 8-13 we offer an introductory Medicine of Plants.This class will introduce children to local plants and begin to learn about plants as medicine. We will cover topics including (but not limited to) plant art, plant study, creating herbal products, and plant identification. And for the advanced student, ages 12- 18, we offer Medicine of Plants. This class is for students who are deeply interested in learning about plants and are ready to begin growing their own medicinal plants at home. We will cover plant identification, make herbal products, cover plant first aid, introduce body systems, and introduce tea blending.

FMI and registration call us at

207-247-7388 or email at jessica@pecksfamilyacupuncture.com

Live at The Cape Elizabeth Home In South Portland While Enjoying Our Maine Spring!

There is a lot to love about our beautiful spring season in Maine; The glorious colors of flowers in bloom and the aroma of freshness in the air. At the Cape Elizabeth Home, seniors can really enjoy the beauty of the season with the benefits of hassle-free independent living, right in our own community.

The Cape Elizabeth Home offers independent living for seniors 65 and over in a convenient and comfortable setting. As a small, not-for-profit community, we are remarkably affordable! More like a home and less like a complex, the Cape Elizabeth Home has served the community for over 100 years, and continues to provide an excellent atmosphere in a secure and friendly setting.

Our friendly and experienced staff are on hand 24/7. We provide three excellent meals daily, housekeeping services and laundry service at a remarkably affordable rate. We have weekly entertainment and activities, and regular opportunities to socialize.

Whether you are looking for transitional housing or for a year-round home, this could be the perfect time to settle in. Give us a call and Our friendly and experienced staff are on hand 24/7. arrange a tour to see if the Cape Elizabeth home is right for you! You can find our page on facebook at The Cape Elizabeth Home, call us at 799-4992, or contact us on our website at CapeElizabethHome.org

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 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 looka. More human and less corporate.

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

Karen Vachon, License Insurance agent helps senior citizens, individuals, families, and small businesses, navigate their health insurance 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 closed enrollment periods, 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 selfemployed 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!”

While the annual and open enrollment period is closed until fall, there may be qualifying events for a Special Enrollment – for example: Aging into Medicare, loss of employer coverage, MaineCare, or Medicaid; change in family status (marriage, divorce, birth); change in residence – to name just a few. If you a perplexed, bewildered, dazed and confused, call Karen 730-2664!

Maine Laser Skin Care and MediSpa, Beautifying Maine, One Face At A Time

For the past 15 years , Dr. John Burke, MD, has developed the largest and most innovative aesthetic medicine practice in Central and Northern Maine. Now, Maine Laser Skin Care and MediSpa is expanding into Southern Maine, with a newly renovated office at 438 US Route 1 in Scarborough. This office and staff will offer state-of-theart skincare, including the use of lasers, microneedling, Botox, Dermal fillers, Kybella and Latisse. Multiple aesthetic conditions can be treated with these cutting-edge procedures including premature wrinkling reduction, sun damage removal, rosacea resolution, acne treatment, scar mitigation and hair removal. Cool Sculpting, which literally freezes and sculpts away stubborn fat, will help Maine Laser Skin Care and MediSpa help you beautify your body in time for the upcoming summer season!

Call 303-0125 to schedule a free consultation, or drop by 438 US Rte 1 in Scarborough to tour our newly renovated facility! Visit our website (www.mainelaserskincare.com) for information on products and procedures.

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
6) Where does it come from?
It’s made in Scandinavia. We import it from
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.

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