A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

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East Millinocket to vote on national park, again


EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- East Millinocket is giving the town's residents another chance to vote on creating a national park on 75,000 acres of nearby forested land owned by Roxanne Quimby and her son Lucas St. Clair.

In 2011, the town rejected the proposal of the North Woods national park in a private vote. Now the town's Chairman of the Board of Selectmen said changes to the proposal would allow snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and other traditional outdoor activities that many people might not know about.

Those opposed to the plan fear that federal regulation of the park would affect the area's forest product industry, ruin any potential for the paper mill to reopen, and only create seasonal jobs. However, the chairman said the town needs to start taking steps towards rebuilding the local economy.

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

Evergreen Children's Bereavement Program Announces New Format

A death in the family affects every member from the oldest to the youngest.  A child’s grief may be expressed in ways that are different from an adult’s.  Evergreen is Pine Tree Hospice’s program for children, teens, and their families who are experiencing grief.  It provides a safe place for kids to share their experience of grief with others who are also in the process of working through their grief and loss.  Trained bereavement facilitators use a variety of activities to encourage expression.  Participants may talk about their experience or choose not to talk. 

 

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Evergreen Children's Bereavement Program Announces New Format

A death in the family affects every member from the oldest to the youngest.  A child’s grief may be expressed in ways that are different from an adult’s.  Evergreen is Pine Tree Hospice’s program for children, teens, and their families who are experiencing grief.  It provides a safe place for kids to share their experience of grief with others who are also in the process of working through their grief and loss.  Trained bereavement facilitators use a variety of activities to encourage expression.  Participants may talk about their experience or choose not to talk. 

 

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Pine Tree Hospice's Winterfest 2015

Pine Tree Hospice's Winterfest 2015

Pine Tree Hospice’s 4th annual Winterfest (formerly known as “Snow Golf and Family Fun Activities”) will be held on Sunday, March 1st from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Foxcroft Academy.   Outdoor activities for all ages will be ongoing, as well as a snow golf competition with prizes awarded to winning teams. Warm indoor dining will be available.  A delicious hot lunch of chili, chowder, and hot dogs will be served.  The chili cook-off will be judged by Tri-County Technical Center culinary program students and the cast from Downeast Dickerers.  This fundraising event is sponsored by AE Robinson, Beacon Hospice, Bowman Constructors, Community Health & Counseling, E.W.