2019-03-14 / Health

TOTAL well-being

MARCH is... National Nutrition Month

Eating right can improve quality of life

Legend states that on April 2, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was the first European to discover modern-day Florida when he traveled on a quest for the mythical “Fountain of Youth.” While modern science has proven that there is no mystical fountain or body of water that can reverse or slow down the aging process, there are many steps people can take to age well and prolong their lives.

Eating the right foods is one way to age well. According to Ralph Felder, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of “The Bonus Years Diet,” reversing the aging process internally is more difficult than outward cosmetic changes. But the right foods can go a long way toward increasing both life expectancy and quality of life. Those who want to employ diet to increase their life expectancy may want to start adding more of the following foods to their breakfast, lunch and dinner plates.

• Broccoli, grapes and salad: According to Health magazine, researchers have found that compounds in these three foods boast extra life-extending benefits.

• Berries: In addition to their abundance of antioxidants, berries have other benefits. A 2012 study from Harvard University found that at least one serving of blueberries or two servings of strawberries each week may reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.

• Fruits and vegetables: Produce is good for the body because it’s low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Numerous studies have indicated that diets plentiful in fruits and vegetables help people maintain a healthy weight and protect against cardiovascular disease.

• Whole grains: Whole grains pack a lot of nutrition into a low-calorie food. Whole grains help protect against type 2 diabetes, and researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center found study participants whose diets included plenty of whole grains and fruit cut their heart disease risk by almost half compared to those whose diets favored meat and fatty foods.

• Red wine: A glass a day for women and no more than two glasses daily for men can be beneficial. Moderate consumption of red wine has been shown to slow age-related declines in cardiovascular function, according to the American Heart Association.

• Fiber: Increase your fiber intake for a longer life. Research from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that the more fiber you include in your diet, the lower your risk of coronary heart disease. The daily recommendation is 25 to 35 grams.

While there may be no such thing as the fountain of youth, a healthy diet can help men and women prolong their lives.

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 look. More human and less corporate.

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.

MassageCraft, Your headquarters for injury specific therapies

Do you suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the 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 and acupuncture. 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 less prone to injury. Having trouble sleeping? A good massage will improve your sleep. Acupuncture and massage have remarkably positive effects 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. Weekend and evening hours available. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

A Personal Trainer...your Fitness Partner!

Warmer temps are headed our way and undoubtedly you’re thinking about summer fun! Whether you’re trying to shed a little winter fluff, or maybe your gym routine is just lacking something right now, using the expertise of a personal trainer might be just the thing you need. NXGen Fitness in Scarborough has a great team of certified personal trainers who can appropriately push you to take your fitness to the next level. For the month of March, NXGen is offering one hour personal training sessions for only $49, a significant savings from the regular price of $60. Maybe you’re on the fence? Take NXGen up on a free consultation and see if personal training is right for you. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. You can be sure that the coaching and programming you will receive from a NXGen personal trainer is uniquely designed to help you reach goals!

Southern Maine Integrative Health Center

Gloria Oppen, MS, BSN, RN, FNP-C, PhD Candidate, is a graduate of Rivier College, Nashua New Hampshire, where she received her BSN, and Regis College’s (Weston, MA) family nurse practitioner program. Mrs. Oppen recently relocated to Maine from Massachusetts where she was employed in the occupational health department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Prior to that, she had worked in a college health clinic, and in the first New England Holistic Health Center (in the 1980s). She has been involved in public health initiatives and has an interest in Lyme disease, Functional Medicine, preventive health, weight management, and tobacco cessation.

Now Accepting new patients. Please call (207) 985-3079 to schedule an appointment. Most health insurances accepted.

Southern Maine Integrative Health Center,

69 York Street, Suite 4, Kennebunk

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!

Sweetfern Center for Wellbeing, LLC

Recently, we received several inquiries about our beautiful, therapeutic Himalayan Salt Room.

We can share this based on results since opening January 26, 2019.

Many people are coming in to relax, seeking inner calm, often enhancing a traditional medical routine with holistic/ alternative salt therapy treatments. Mom’s and daughters, Mom’s and sons - babies, teens & adults, grandparents and grandbabies, friends, siblings, couples and individuals.

All are feeling the positive effects of salt therapy - more relaxed, energized and experiencing reduced symptoms for a broad spectrum of health issues …. including support before/after surgery.

Depending on seating, we can seat up to eight in this intimate salt room – Himalayan salt on the walls and floor. Seating may include a zero-gravity recliner, scoop chair, meditation cushions; however, many choose to sit or lie directly in the therapeutic salt.

You can checkout and purchase our March special online at www.SweetfernHealing.com; or call 207-805-3885.

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