Health news: Ability Expo in Brewer

Posted April 25, 2011, at 10:02 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — The Ability Expo, the area’s annual Adaptive Recreation Fair, will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Brewer Auditorium.

Activities will include goalball at 10 a.m., Youth in Motion for Youngsters at 11 a.m., wheelchair rugby at noon, wheelchair basketball at 2 p.m., and adaptive bowling, hand-cycling, an air rifle exhibition and exhibits by disability-related businesses and organizations.

Volunteers will include physical therapy and occupational therapy students from Husson University.

The event is sponsored by Alpha One and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Committee. For information, contact Jeremy Libby at 800-300-3016 or jlibby@alphaonenow.org.

Talk for caregivers

BANGOR, Maine — Sometimes when so much focus is directed towards caring for a loved one, the health of the caregiver can be sacrificed. At 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, Amy Cotton, nurse practitioner and director of Rosscare, will present “Red Flags for Your Health: What Caregivers Need to Know” at the Bucksport Square Apartments.

“Providing care to an aging loved one can result in a variety of stress-related health problems for caregivers,” said Cotton. “Changes such as feeling anxious, lack of energy or difficulty sleeping could be red flags that health issues are developing. Staying well includes taking action to prevent health risks associated with caregiving and seeking early treatment if a health change arises. This program will offer strategies for adult caregivers to improve their health and wellness.”

This informational event is free to community members and all ages are welcome. However, those attending are asked to RSVP to 631-2881.

This event is part of the Caregiver Wellness Workshops hosted by Eastern Area  Agency on Aging and funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation grant. The workshops, held in both Ellsworth and Bucksport, focus on caregivers and providing ways for them to care for themselves and have some fun. For more information on the Caregiver Wellness Workshops, call 631-2881.

Rosscare is a member of EMHS, and the staff is dedicated to improving lives by valuing aging. They know life is busy and sometimes we can find it difficult to provide our loved ones with all the time, care and resources they need. Through programs such as Telecare and Lifeline, Rosscare provides resources to support the whole family.

Tai Chi for Osteoporosis

BANGOR, Maine — Tai Chi consists of fluid gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. It can be practiced almost anywhere and is a suitable form of exercise for just about anyone.

Tai Chi for Osteoporosis is a special program designed by Dr. Paul Lam, a physician and a Tai Chi master, for people with osteoporosis. There are many ways that Tai Chi is thought to help people with osteoporosis including strengthening bones, improving balance and increasing relaxation.

A program about Tai Chi for osteoporosis will be offered by the Rev. Dr. Bruce M. Young of Bia Tai Chi at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, during the Caring Connections Bone Health Information & Discussion Group at the Bangor Y on Second Street.

Young has studied and read widely in the martial arts since 1988. He is a senior trainer and certified instructor for the Tai Chi for Health programs of Dr. Paul Lam. The talk is free and anyone wanting to learn more about this topic is welcome to attend. A calcium-rich snack and recipe will be provided.

Space is limited, so RSVP to Robin Long at 941-2808. Caring Connections is a cooperative program of the Bangor Y and Eastern Maine Medical Center, supported by the fundraising efforts of Healthcare Charities.

Health fund invites organizations to apply

BANGOR, Maine — Organizations seeking to improve the health and welfare of Greater Bangor are encouraged to apply for funding from the Maine Community Foundation’s Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund.

In 2010, the PVHA Fund awarded nine grants totaling $87,104, with an average grant size of $9,678. Among the funded organizations was Penobscot Community Health Center of Bangor, which used the grant to support a day program for homeless and unsheltered people that offers therapy, medical care and assistance obtaining housing and other social services.

The deadline for applying is May 15. Only nonprofit and public organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status are eligible. Application, guidelines, and a list of recent grants can be found in the “For Nonprofits” section at http://www.mainecf.org.

The fund’s advisory committee, which reviews proposals and awards grants, is particularly interested in supporting efforts to address the overlooked health needs of the community, especially proposals that target the physical and mental health needs of youth.

For information about the PVHA Fund, call Cathy Melio toll-free at 877-700-6800 or e-mail at cmelio@mainecf.org.

New physician’s assistant

BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Care has announced that Cara Pollard has joined the medical staff at Brewer Medical Extended Care Services. Pollard’s practice centers on all aspects of medical and nursing home care, including patient physicals, acute visits and health care maintenance.

Pollard is a 2009 graduate of Duke University’s Physician Assistant Program, Durham, N.C., and served as a primary care provider for Sunbury Medical Associates before joining Penobscot Community Health Care.

Pollard is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is accepting new adult patients. For information, call 992-2601.

Environmental excellence

BANGOR, Maine — St. Joseph Healthcare celebrated Earth Day on April 21 with activities, seminars and an official announcement to employees of a national award recognizing St. Joseph Healthcare for environmental excellence.

Sr. Mary Norberta, president and CEO, announced that St. Joseph Healthcare received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth. This award is reserved for facilities that stand apart in regard to their work at improving environmental performance and sustainability. It recognizes the initiative, hard work and determination it takes to protect the environment and human health, yet maintain cost-effectiveness in the competitive health care industry.

Specifically St. Joseph Healthcare has worked toward improving energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling efforts.

As a Catholic health ministry, St. Joseph Healthcare identifies environmental sustainability as an important element of its mission and commitment to the community. In the Catholic faith tradition, concern for the environment is mission-imperative. Community is an expressed value for St. Joseph Healthcare.

A degraded environment has a negative impact on the health of the community. The Catholic faith tradition recognizes that God’s creation is a gift and deserves protection, and that reducing environmental hazards is a tangible benefit to communities, helping to reduce costs associated with environmentally linked health problems.

Other activities included an Earth Friendly Fair with displays and interactive activities to help educate employees and staff regarding green initiatives. These included learning about hi-tech cleaning products, a hands-on demonstration comparing a microfiber cleaning system and a traditional mopping system, electricity usage comparisons based on lighting choices with distribution of free CFL bulbs, health and environmental benefits of planting trees, distribution of free seedlings and the announcement of the St. Joseph Green Team goals for 2011-2012.

In addition, an artistic “globe” was on display in the cafeteria. Employees and visitors were asked to write their personal commitment to the environment on a tree and place this on the globe. One participant was randomly drawn to receive a gift certificate to a garden nursery.

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