Health

What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C

What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued a draft recommendation that all baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 get a one-time blood test for Hepatitis C. That’s because they are five times more likely to be infected than other adults and account for more than three-quarters of all cases of the infection in this country. Read more.

Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots

Did You Know? Adults Need Their Shots

Are you up to date on your shots?  Oh, you thought those were only for kids. Well, apparently not. There is a schedule of shots for adults, which gets reviewed every year by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Read more

Pine Tree Hospice Receives $6000 for Program Support

Pine Tree Hospice Receives $6000 for Program Support

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine – Maine Cancer Foundation executive director Tara Hill announced the recipients of a pool of $137,000 this week, including $6000 for Pine Tree Hospice.  This funding will be used for program support which is critical to strengthen the infrastructure that supports Pine Tree Hospice’s 90+ volunteer base providing hospice and bereavement services throughout Piscataquis and parts of Penobscot and Somerset counties.  Because Pine Tree Hospice’s mission is to serve people with life-limiting illness, they may have clients for years versus months.  This gives them the ability to assist people early, continuously and at no charge in this economically challenged service area.

“We are so appreciative of this grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation.  For 25 years, Pine Tree Hospice has met the challenge of securing 100% of its funding.  The dedication and belief in PTH’s work has provided the impetus to ‘find a way’ being very mindful of the

Wounds: Tips For Healing

Wounds: Tips For Healing

If one of the first things you do when you cut yourself is flood the wound with hydrogen peroxide, STOP! I know, you think the bubbling action is awesome and proof that it's doing what it was meant to do — killing all the bad stuff. Well, here's what wound care specialist Dr. Walter Keller has to say about hydrogen peroxide. "The hydrogen peroxide bubbling releases pure oxygen, which kills bacteria but also the healthy cells, slowing down wound healing." In other words, hydrogen peroxide does not help heal the wound; it does just the opposite. Read more

Kawasaki. Not the Motorcycle

Kawasaki. Not the Motorcycle

 

Everywhere I go I run into someone who tells me a story that catches my interest. Ann Hutchins, for instance. We were seated together at the Go Red for Women Luncheon last month when she told me about her grandson Garrett. He'd been very, very sick recently with Kawasaki Disease. 

"What on Earth is Kawasaki Disease?" you ask. Precisely what I said to Ann.

Caring for Caregivers Event Focuses on Dementia

Are you interested in learning more about dementia? Has someone in your life been touched by dementia?  Pine Tree Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver” series will present a lunch and learn event on dementia.    Kathryn Pears of Dementia Care Strategies will be the speaker on April 20 from 10-2 in the Mayo Resource Center.  “Dementia is becoming more and more prevalent,” says Amy Madigan-Dube.  “We want to support people who have loved ones with dementia.  It’s a very challenging thing to experience, and we want to lend a hand.  Kathryn is going to bring us her expertise and teach us more about dementia, as well as some strategies for coping as a caregiver.”

 

Pine Tree Hospice Presents "Spring Forward!" Workshops for Grieving Adults

Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to announce “Spring Forward!” its latest series of free once-a-month programs for adults who are adjusting to new roles following the death of a loved one.

“Spring Forward!” begins in April with a workshop on physical fitness and how staying active can be an important part of overall emotional well being for people who are grieving.  A guest from the Piscataquis Regional YMCA will join the group to participate in the discussion and to offer fitness tips and ideas.

The program, which includes a light lunch, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft.