Pay It Forward: Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer

Pine Tree Hospice will offer its CORE training for volunteers during the week of April 12-18th.  The 11 hour training prepares individuals to support hospice clients in their home or at a healthcare facility.  The training is free and open to both men and women in the community.

 

There are 450,000 hospice volunteers in the United States.  Hospice programs care for 60 percent of all dying patients each year, a total of 1.5 million.  Because of lack of information, patients and their families seldom take advantage of all the hospice services that are available.  This is unfortunate, since hospice can enrich the end of life experience, creating a way to live out our lives with dignity and purpose.  

 

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For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a new report that has big implications for the health status of Americans. Read some of the recommendations and tell us what you think! PS It's not to eat more red meat.

Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

 Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

Chest pain.

Could it just be indigestion? A pulled muscle? Stress? Or is it a heart attack? 

For some people, there will be no doubt that they’re having a heart attack because the pain will be sudden and intense. But many times, a heart attack starts slowly with only mild discomfort. 

What should you do if you're not sure?  I share some important advice on my blog Catching Health.

 

 

Pine Tree Hospice Presents, “Prepare to Care”

On April 9th  from 6:00- 8:00 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center, Pine Tree Hospice will present a Caring for the Caregiver event, “Prepare to Care:  5 Steps to a Caregiving Plan for Your Family”.   Josephine Cirrinone, Family Caregiver Specialist from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging will present information to assist and educate individuals and families who may be involved in caregiving either now or in the future.

 Most people understand that it’s helpful to plan for the future. But when it comes to caring for an aging relative, many families don’t have a plan until there is a problem. Lack of planning doesn’t mean a lack of commitment. Families often avoid discussions about the future because they don’t want to think about changes in the lives of the people they love most.

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Exercise Maple Caravan 2015

The 619th Transportation Company, an Army Reserve unit out of Dexter, Maine, begins a long haul mission Sunday as part of Exercise MAPLE CARAVAN 2015.  During this training exercise the 619th TC will transport Canadian Army equipment from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier to Canadian Forces Base Wainwright.  This is the first time an Army Reserve transportation unit has conducted a long haul mission across Canada.

Exercise MAPLE CARAVAN 15 will ultimately involve more than 300 Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers.  During the Exercise, which runs from March through June, approximately 60 loads of Canadian equipment will be transported more than 2,500 miles across Canada.

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

Sixty years ago, at the tender age of 29, Audrey Wade died of “abdominal” cancer.

On a personal note, Audrey was my mother’s best friend growing up and maid of honor when she and my father married. She was also my godmother. My mother still recalls — vividly — when she got the call that Audrey was gone — mere months after her own wedding.

Former mill workers go back to school


EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The people of East Millinocket are not strangers to the struggle that comes after a paper mill closes. The mill there has opened and closed several times over the years, but, for those former mill workers, the hope of a restart is now replaced by a desire to seek other opportunities.

Going back to school can be extremely intimidating, especially if it's to learn an entirely new career when you're only about a decade from retirement, which is the case for many ex-mill workers in East Millinocket.