2018-07-20 / Health & Medical

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis affects children, too

Aches and pains are a widely accepted side effect of aging. Over time, bones can become more brittle and cushioning tissues between joints can deteriorate. But while arthritis and pain are often associated with the elderly, young people, including children, can experience arthritis as well.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, juvenile arthritis, or JA, comes in many forms and affects nearly 300,000 children. JA is an umbrella term used to classify a variety of diseases affecting the joints and musculoskeletal systems in children. Juvenile lupus, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), juvenile dermatomyositis, and Kawasaki disease are just a few of the conditions that fall under the JA umbrella.

Unlike adults, who may develop arthritis from years of wear and tear on the body, kids with JA can often trace their condition to genetics. JA also is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s natural immune system ends up attacking its own cells by mistake when something goes awry. With arthritis, that attack can result in pain, inflammation and fever.

Juvenile arthritis can cause persistent joint pain, swelling and stiffness. The Mayo Clinic says that some children with arthritis also develop serious complications, such as growth problems or eye inflammation, and JA may affect the skin and gastrointestinal tract.

Arthritis is typically a lifelong condition. Although flare-ups may last a few days or weeks, those with arthritis can usually expect their symptoms to persist throughout their lives. This can be especially challenging for children who are not mature enough to understand their condition. Furthermore, JA can be easily overlooked by doctors who are not used to seeing young patients with arthritis. Parents who learn to recognize the symptoms of JA may be able to identify the condition before their children’s doctors, and that early detection can help kids better cope with the discomfort and pain caused by their condition.

• Stiffness: Children with JA may be particularly stiff in the morning.

• Pain: Kids who complain of pain right after waking up rather than after a day of physical activity may be exhibiting signs of JA. Pain may dissipate as children begin moving.

• Swelling: Redness and swelling around the joints is an indication of inflammation. This swelling may come and go or persist for several days.

• Fever: Sudden fevers not linked to any respiratory or stomach ailments may be indicators of JA.

• Fatigue: JA can cause children to be more tired than usual. Fatigue also can affect eating and sleeping patterns.

If a pediatrician suspects JA, he or she likely will recommend a visit to a pediatric rheumatologist, who will then take a complete health history to determine the type of symptoms present and the length of time those symptoms have been present. Laboratory work, x-rays and other imaging tests will rule out other conditions, but no test can definitively say if a child is or is not suffering from JA.

There is no cure for arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation and improve quality of life. A combination of medications, physical therapy and healthy eating are usually prescribed to ease symptoms. Medications may be anti-inflammatory drugs as well as biologics, which put the disease into remission and prevent the body’s immune system from attacking the body further. Several different treatment plans may be tried until the right combination is found.

Weight management and healthy eating can help a child with JA prevent further joint damage as he or she ages. Physical activity, including low-impact exercises that take the stress off of knees or hips, also are good for the joints and can improve strength and flexibility. Arthritis is a condition that affects both adults and children. More information is available at www.arthritis.org.

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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 maintanence. 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 yearround, 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

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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.

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Peck’s Family Acupuncture

Peck’s Family Acupuncture is pleased to celebrate 7 years of providing gentle care to families in Waterboro and surrounding towns. Established in July of 2011, Peck’s has grown into an integrated holistic healthcare facility offering not only expert acupuncture care, but also herbal medicine consultations, reiki and now Tai Chi for Arthritis. TCA is an enjoyable and easy to learn program that was created by Dr. Paul Lam, MD. Medical studies have shown that this program can improve balance, focus, fall prevention and overall health. Taught by Dennis Fallo, Tai Chi for Arthritis teaches the “core movements” and students have found it to be an enjoyable way to improve quality of life. Our next session begins Monday August 6th and runs for 6 weeks on Mondays from 9-10am.

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE… a vacation for your

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 MassageCraf t & Acupuncture Clinic. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupunct u re and yoga. We have served the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard community since 1991.

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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.

Maine Laser Skin Care and Medi Spa

Maine Laser Skin Care and Medi Spa offers a wide array of processes and procedures that can improve your appearance in as few as one treatment. We have been open in Scarborough since early May, 2018, and have had great successes in meeting our clients aesthetic needs. From simple facials with our aestheticion Tori Zimmermann to microneedling and Laser treatments, we have resolved skin conditions such as facial veins, sun spots, and scarring. Furthermore, we have had great success with eradicating facial hair and spider veins in our patients. We have had continued interest in body contouring using Cool Sculpting, helping to eliminate stubborn fat pockets that have been resistant to diet and exercise alone. Additionally, we have been rated as one of the top providers of Botox in the State of Maine and are in the top 3% nationally. Finally, for those clients who are interested in thicker fuller eyelashes without the expense and need for frequent refilling, we offer Latisse. Call us at 303-0125 or come in to see us and get your free consultation on how we can help you reach your aesthetic goals.

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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

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.

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Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

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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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