2018-05-18 / Health & Medical

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May is... National Mental Health Month

How to maintain mental focus

The technological advancements made in the 21st century have undoubtedly made life easier in many ways, but this golden age of gadgets has not come without some negative side effects. Thanks to the near-constant availability of the Internet and devices like smartphones and tablets, many men and women find it difficult to maintain their focus throughout the day. But while such distractions are never too far away, there are some ways to stay focused and productive.

• Get more exercise. Studies have shown that exercise and improved mental focus are linked. In a 2013 analysis of 19 studies involving more than 500 children, teenagers and young adults, researchers found that exercise sessions between 10 and 40 minutes immediately boosted concentration and mental focus. That improvement might be a result of exercise increasing blood flow to the brain. Men and women who find themselves struggling to focus at work after lunchtime may benefit from incorporating some exercise, whether it’s a brief walk or a more strenuous workout, into their midday routines.

• Perform breathing exercises. Nervousness is an oft-overlooked cause of loss of focus. When nervous, breath can become shallow and restricted, which can have a negative impact on the flow of oxygen to your brain, making it more difficult to concentrate. Professional athletes have long espoused to the virtues of breathing exercises as a means to calming their nerves, and professionals can follow suit. Some simple breathing exercises can help busy professionals multitask more effectively by helping them concentrate on the tasks at hand and overcome the distraction of having so much to do at one time.

• Stay hydrated. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that dehydration caused loss of focus and a sense of fatigue among women. While the loss of focus was considered insubstantial and the study only examined women, remaining hydrated throughout the day may make it easier to focus on work and other tasks throughout the day.

• Get adequate sleep. One of the best ways to improve focus during the day is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. Sleep deprivation produces a host of negative consequences, not the least of which is its impact on cognitive functioning. Research has shown that sleep deprivation compromises alertness and concentration, making it more difficult to focus at work and tackle tasks that require deep analysis and thought. In addition, a survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that sleep deprived men and women are less likely to exercise and eat healthy diets, each of which can boost mental acuity.

Focusing in today’s atmosphere of constant distractions can be difficult, but men and women can overcome diversions by employing a handful of successful strategies aimed at improving concentration.

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.

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

Who lives at The Cape Elizabeth Home? Our residents move to The Cape Elizabeth Home to be closer to family, or to remain in their neighborhood without the hassles of home maintenance. Some residents join us here to enjoy the company of their fellow seniors, and some for the security in knowing that someone is always on hand. We strive to make sure that all of our residents feel comfortable and welcomed here!

What does The Cape Elizabeth Home offer? We are a local independent living community for seniors, providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with staff on hand 24/7. With three delicious meals served daily, plus laundry and housekeeping service, we can ensure that your stay with us will be worry free. We enjoy activities and entertainment throughout the week, and trips into the community to savor the best that our area has to offer.

Why the Cape Elizabeth Home? We are unique, in size and in affordability. Being not-for-profit, we keep our costs for our residents low. We offer the same comfort, atmosphere and service at a much lower price. Unlike some larger senior communities, we are designed for a small home-like setting of less than ten residents, which ensures personal attention that may not otherwise be possible.

When is a good time to visit The Cape Elizabeth Home? Whether you are looking for a short-term safe haven during a transition or are settling in year-round, this could be the perfect time for a visit. Give us a call and arrange a tour to see if The Cape Elizabeth Home is right for you! You can find us on facebook at The Cape Elizabeth Home, call us at 799-4992 or contact us on our web site at CapeElizabeth Home.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, 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.

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

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-the-art 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 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.

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? Are golfing or gardening leaving a painful imprint on your body?

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.

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 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!”

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!

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