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Caring Connections scheduled women’s health fair for June 1


Senior Beat
by Carol Higgins Taylor
Eastern Area Agency on Aging


Some organizations go above and beyond, even working weekends to provide outreach and information to the community. The passion for the cause just doesn’t stop for the women of Caring Connections, a cooperative program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Mark your calendars for “Now Is Your Time: Simple Steps To Better Health.” a women’s health fair to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at O’Donnell Commons, Husson University.

The women’s health fair has something for everyone and is just the thing to get you healthy and happy for summer. There will be numerous health-related vendor tables, screenings, workshops, demonstrations, Reiki, massage and Healing Touch sessions, food tasting, and even a farmer’s market.

“Altering our lifestyles toward more healthy behaviors can seem overwhelming but research shows that taking small steps can make a difference,” said Suzanne Brunner, director of Caring Connections. “Participating organizations have been encouraged to highlight two or three simple steps in their area of health that attendees can take home and implement.”

This fair really focuses on women of all ages, but there are workshops that may be of particular interest to seniors and caregivers, including nutrition, stress management, strength training for women, osteoporosis and bone health, healthy aging, Medicare information, and financial health.

Did you know that most women are wearing the wrong bra size, which can be uncomfortable and might even cause back pain? Here’s your chance to get it right with a bra-fitting workshop with Randa Shirland, Breast and Osteoporosis Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center.

You can have your cholesterol checked, raise your sun-damage awareness level, have an online mental health screening, and see demonstrations on the Tango, Hoola Hooping, Group Core exercise, a 30 minute program done with expert coaching and motivating music that strengthens your core, helping prevent back pain and improves athletic performance, and Group Active exercise, which is a one hour class that incorporates all elements of fitness.

Just when you may be thinking what a full day this is, hang on because that’s not all.

There is a silent auction, a sale of gently used books, and pampering. So much pampering. Hand massages are being offered, and if you have never had one, you must partake. It is relaxing and leaves your hands soft and pliable.

Then, you can have a mini Reiki session. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Frankly, I was a skeptic when I first tried Reiki, but trust me, give it a shot. It is a wonderful process.

Mini Healing-Touch sessions offer relaxing nurturing energy therapy. The gentle touch assists in balancing your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Like I said, pampering. And mini Acupuncture and mini massage rounds out the relaxation portion of the day.

Now that all your stress and tension are gone, it’s time to sample some farmer’s market specialties. The Irish Daisy Bakery is an allergy friendly vegan bakery offering up delicious items for sale, and Worcester’s Wild Blueberries and the Blue Hill Co-op will also be on hand.

“We want women to take a day to prioritize their own health, learn what health screenings are right for their age, and come away with one or two simple steps they can implement to put them on the path to better health,” said Brunner.

For more information, contact Robin Long at Caring Connections, 941-2808, ext. 338. The women’s health day is sponsored by the Bangor YMCA, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Town Square Media, Husson University, the Office of Women’s Health, National Institute of Health, and Walgreen’s.

This fair is aptly named, “Now Is Your Time: Simple Steps To Better Health.” There is no time like the present to take better care of yourself.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, or log on EAAA.org.

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