2018-06-22 / 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.


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.


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.


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.

Marie A. Laverriere

Life Coaching is a growing profession. I have created a comprehensive, holistic, certificate program called Life Coaching School. Are you ready for an exciting new career? Are you attracted to helping people find purpose in their lives? If you are seeking a new career this 10-month program may be just for you. This program has been created to allow students who work at full-time jobs be able to fit both (work & classes) into their busy schedules. Please view the website for more details on days, hours of class time and cost (www.lifecoach333.com).

We will cover many aspects of wellbeing from a holistic perspective of mind, body and soul. Students will learn skills and tools in dealing with clients’many blocks to creating the life they desire. If you have any questions or are interested in knowing more about this program call Marie 207-205-2521.

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.

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 lifestyle 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!

MassageCraft - Pain Relief that Improves Your Health

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? 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. Save $5 when you book a Saturday massage with William Steele, LMT. Call 286-8416 or 934- 0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

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

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 website at CapeElizabeth Home.org

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.

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 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 family's 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.

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