Beacon health news Oct. 6

Posted Oct. 04, 2011, at 5:17 a.m.

Seniors day

BELFAST — A Tribute to Seniors Day will be offered at no charge to Waldo County Seniors 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Waldo County YMCA, Lincolnville Avenue (Route 52). The event will include exhibits, demonstrations and presentations, in addition to screening, drug turn-ins and drawings. The event is be directed toward people 50 and over, and is free. Seniors attending are reminded to bring their unwanted medications, prescription or over-the-counter drugs for drug turn-in. A meal will be available for $5.

Each of the four 30-minute presentations will be repeated throughout the day. The presentations will focus on Medicare, avoiding personal fraud, improving balance, building a healthy heart and remaining safe at home. Most presentations will enable seniors to participate in the set of programs.

The partnership between the two Waldo County organizations, the YMCA and Triad, enables Triad, a nonprofit organization, to further its promotion of programs, activities, education and material that will enhance the well being of Waldo County’s senior population, estimated to be 23.3 percent of the Waldo County population, based on the 2007 census. This is accomplished through an all-volunteer organization that merges cooperative efforts between law enforcement and citizens to promote and conduct protective, social, cultural and educational activities for senior members of Waldo County.

Oncology Walk

BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital’s annual Oncology Walk will be held at Sunday, Oct. 23. Registration begins at noon with the walk slated to head out at 1 p.m. Registration is $10 with a T-shirt, $25 with a vest.

Tickets for the basket raffle are on sale in the hospital’s classroom Oct. 17-21 and will be on sale before the walk. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10.

Proceeds will benefit the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund and Mammography Fund. The Oncology Patient Assistance Fund helps cancer patients with medical financial issues. Patients undergoing treatments or recovering from treatment often are unable to work or can only work considerably less than normal.

The Mammography Fund helps pay for mammograms and breast biopsies for patients with no insurance or insurance with a high deductible.

The walk is also meant to support cancer patients undergoing treatment; honor patients who have survived cancer; and to keep close the memory of those lost to cancer.

For more information, about the walk or raffle, call 930-2555.

Nutrition programs

DAMARISCOTTA — Spectrum Generations provides Meals on Wheels and offers social dining options for Lincoln County residents. Join Nutrition Coordinator Robin Maginn at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the center, 521 Main St., for a discussion, question and answer session about Spectrum’s nutrition programs for the disabled, homebound and elder members of our communities.

Discover how you can be a leader in a national movement to end senior hunger, by taking the pledge, by volunteering for Lincoln County’s Meals On Wheels program, generating awareness about the problem of senior hunger in America, making a donation, supporting Meals On Wheels programs in their fundraising efforts, sharing your thoughts on how to end senior hunger by 2020.

To register for the discussion, call 563-1363.

Program recertified

ROCKPORT — The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Pen Bay Medical Center was awarded full recertification for three years by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

To achieve the recertification, a program must demonstrate that key standards have been met to produce optimal outcomes in the care of persons with chronic lung disease. Certification confirms that Pen Bay’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a patient and family centered program of value and quality. It also ensures that both payers and Joint Commission surveyors recognize and take into account this important credential.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help people who live with chronic lung disease to learn how to control symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue and improve daily physical functioning to have a more active and higher quality of life. The staff works with patients to achieve these goals through endurance, stamina and strength training combined with lung health education classes for maximum overall functioning. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help to improve and maximize patients’ daily function and quality of life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation services are under the medical direction of Dr. Andrew Filderman, a board-certified internist and pulmonologist. All services are coordinated by Janey Barthelette. For information on pulmonary rehabilitation, call 596-8880.

Healing foods

BELFAST — Nutritionist John Bagnulo will share his top 20 medicinal foods as they relate to the most common conditions and diseases in North America at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Belfast Public LIbrary. Maine foods include blueberries, kelp and sardines. He will provide recipes, share recent research and point out which ones it is imperative to purchase organically or sustainably grown.

Bagnulo holds a doctoral degree in nutrition and food science, is a faculty member of Kripalu Healthy Living Programs.

This free event is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. For more information about this presentation, contact Education Coordinator Kate Harris at kate@belfast.coop or 338-2532.

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