HEALTH NEWS

Posted June 05, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.

‘Learning To Be Old’

BANGOR — Margaret Cruikshank’ will discuss her new book, “Learning to Be Old,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. Examining what it means to grow old in America today. the book questions social myths and fears about aging, sickness, and the other social roles of the elderly, the over-medicalization of many older people and ageism.

In her book, Cruikshank proposes alternatives to the ways aging is usually understood in both popular culture and mainstream gerontology. “Learning to Be Old” does not propose the ideas of “successful aging” or “productive aging,” but more the idea of “learning” how to age.

 

Capehart Community Health Center under renovation

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that renovations of its Capehart Community Health Center, 86 Davis Road, are underway.  The renovations, expected to be completed by July, will modernize the facility.

It is anticipated that the project will employ between 50-60 workers at various points of the renovation, all from Maine based companies employing Maine tradespeople.  The companies selected to work on the project participated in a bid process. The project is managed by Nickerson & O’Day, and will involve a number of local subcontractors, including RJ Morin, Duffy’s Electric, Downeast Sheet Metal, Central Maine Drywall, Hammond Lumber, Streets Landscaping, Maine Fire Protection, Grenier’s Classic Flooring & Design, Hussey Painting, Builders Installed Products Inc., Pond Cove Millwork, Kamco Supply, Architectural Doors and Windows, and Bellefleur and Sons Advanced Roofing.

The staff of Capehart Community Health Center temporarily is providing services at 992 Union St. in Bangor. Hardy Construction, Inc., managed the renovations at temporary space, which involved work by more than a dozen people from Hardy Construction and various local subcontractors, including Mike Marquis Mechanical, Family Floor Store, Newport Glass, Maine Fire Protection, Norris Inc., Invironments Inc. and Central Security.

 

Educational series

BREWER — Wellspring announced that it will collaborate with Bangor Area Recovery Network to offer a four-week educational series 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, in the boardroom at Bangor Area Recovery Network, 142 Center St.

Topics for discussion will be:

• June 11: What are common traps that can sabotage your recovery?

• June 18: How can medications help or hinder our recovery?

• June 25: What is the psycho-social aspect of addiction and recovery?

Sessions will be facilitated by Bruce Campbell, clinical director of Wellspring and board member of the Bangor Area Recovery Network.

There is no cost to attend the sessions. For information, call the BARN at 561-9444 or

sign-up at the registration desk.

 

Outstanding Maine Physician Assistant.

OLD TOWN — Penobscot Community Health Care has announced that  Physician Assistant Ken Nadeau has been named the 2013 Outstanding Maine Physician Assistant by the Downeast Association of Physician Assistants.

Nadeau, associate medical director at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town, was chosen for his caring, leadership, career of excellence and service to the people of eastern Maine.

 

Heart Ball raises $100,000

ORONO — Organizers announced recently that the 14th annual Northeastern Maine Heart Ball held May 4 at Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine raised nearly $100,000 for the American Heart Association in Maine at the black tie affair attended by 175 people.

Izzy’s Catering won first place for the first annual Healthy Heart Dessert Competition for its low calorie, chocolate raspberry treats.

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