Articles by Beth Ranagan

 
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NAMI Basics Course for Parents Offered in Guilford

By Beth Ranagan on Aug. 26, 2016, at 9:28 a.m.
Caring for a child with a diagnosed or emerging emotional or behavioral disorder can be challenging at best, especially without a strong support system, knowledge about available treatments, and self-care techniques. As a speech-pathologist working with families and children, I witnessed the significant difficulties that parents, foster parents, and grandparents …
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TERRI PALIN IMPROVES SENIORS’ LIVES WITH SILVER SNEAKERS PROGRAM

By Beth Ranagan on May 26, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
The benefits of exercise to promote good physical and mental health of seniors is well known. No one wants to grow old unable to stand and walk. Your best hope to avoid that scenario is exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, exhausting, or risky. It just has to help …
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Faye Lique

DXA Test explained at May Skeleton Crew meeting

By Beth Ranagan on April 28, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
The evaluation of bone mineral density (BMD) is done with the DXA or bone densitometry test. This test was known as the dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or DEXA test. Whatever term we chose, DXA or DEXA, the x-ray is today’s standard for measuring bone mineral density for the diagnosis of osteoporosis …
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Robert Lodato, M.D.

Pharmaceuticals for Osteoporosis is topic of Skeleton Crew meeting in April

By Beth Ranagan on March 25, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
Many adults choose to take one of several pharmaceuticals as prescribed by their physicians to treat their osteoporosis. Most of these drugs are designed to maintain bone density by slowing the breakdown of bone and to decrease the risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis. Although use of the commonly …
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Gail Watson, Senior Companion Program Coordinator

Senior Companion Program: A win-win for givers and receivers

By Beth Ranagan on March 15, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
By: Beth Ranagan The loss of independence due to the inability to drive anymore is a serious concern of many seniors. There are few alternatives available to them due to the lack of public transportation in many areas. Family members often live too far away to help. If you are …
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Tai Chi Master to Speak at Skeleton Crew

By Beth Ranagan on Oct. 18, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
By Beth Ranagan In keeping with the Skeleton Crew’s goals to improve bone health and balance to prevent falls and broken bones, Scott Mayer, experienced Tai Chi master, will speak at the November 6 meeting of the Skeleton Crew at 12 noon at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter. In …
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CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM EXPLAINED AT NAMI PISCATAQUIS COUNTY

By Beth Ranagan on June 01, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
By Beth Ranagan On Tuesday, May 26, several local NAMI members and friends were fortunate to hear about the history, training, role, and outcomes of Crisis Intervention Team training. Ted Hunt, Crisis Intervention Specialist, and Maged Shahin, member of the Mayo Regional Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services, enthusiastically presented this information. …
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Ted Hunt’s Crisis Intervention Talk at NAMI Education Night

By Beth Ranagan on Sept. 19, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
A group of local residents and some folks from NC, TX, and FL, who were vacationing in Maine, listened to Ted Hunt explain Crisis Intervention in an engagingly informative talk at NAMI’s Education Night at Mayo Hospital on September 15th. Ted’s expertise in crisis intervention comes from 21 years of …
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Ted Hunt to Speak at NAMI’s Community Education Night

By Beth Ranagan on Sept. 09, 2014, at 6:46 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Mayo Regional Hospital, West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine For more information: 207-924-7903 Ted Hunt, Crisis Intervention Specialist with Community Health and Counseling Services, will be NAMI’s guest speaker on September 15th at Mayo Regional Hospital at 6:30 in the Sebec …
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HOME IS TOPIC FOR NAMI PISCATAQUIS SPEAKER NIGHT

By Beth Ranagan on March 05, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
On Monday, March 10th the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Piscataquis County will present Meg Callaway to speak about the Behavioral Health Home care model soon to be instituted at the Charlotte White Center in Dover-Foxcroft. The services provided by the Behavioral Health Home are designed to connect consumers …