Families

Don't Know One Wheelchair From Another and You Need to Buy One For Your Elderly Parent?

Don't Know One Wheelchair From Another and You Need to Buy One For Your Elderly Parent?

Now and again, I write about my mother, who is 88 and lives in a memory care facility. Over the years I've had to help purchase home medical equipment — canes, wheelchairs, walkers — for her and my late father. If you're in a similar situation, but prefer to shop online, you might be interested in a new Maine-based website called 10bestmedical.com. Read more ...

 

Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

Reducing the Risk of Flu is Worth a Shot

Guest post by Dr. Jane Ho, pediatrician in Westbrook and clinical adviser to the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program.

As a parent of three teen boys and a local pediatrician, it concerns me that many people fail to get an annual flu vaccine. Over the course of my 20 years in practice, I’ve seen plenty of previously healthy patients succumb to influenza. And I’ve even had to comfort scared parents, wishing they had done more to try to prevent their child’s illness in the first place. Read more about why Dr. Ho strongly advocates flu shots ...

 

Bath Salts: What are they and why are they so dangerous?

Bath Salts: What are they and why are they so dangerous?

In Maine news recently, there was a sad and disturbing story about a teenager arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, he was found naked in one of two homes he allegedly broke into.

I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

I'm Not Your Mother, But ...

A wellness tip from Catching Health with Diane Atwood with a little help from Charlotte. Read the tip ...

Can't Sleep? Avoid These Foods

Can't Sleep? Avoid These Foods

It's coffee that will rob me of sleep. Even a cup at one in the afternoon can pack a wallop of caffeine. I learned my lesson the hard way.

I know I'm not the only one who has figured out that coffee can lead to a sleepless night. If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, maybe you should take a close look at what you eat before you go to bed. 

A Cookie Full of Rye

A Cookie Full of Rye

See those chocolate cookies in the picture? Delicious! If I hadn’t been told, I never would have guessed they were made with rye flour. All I tasted was the chocolate.

When someone mentions rye, I usually think salami on rye bread. The end.

Not anymore. My taste buds have been awakened.

Enlightenment occurred at Standard Baking Co. on Commercial Street in Portland, where I was introduced to a rye I’d never met before.

As She Lay Dying, the Choir Sang — A Lesson in Spiritual Care

As She Lay Dying, the Choir Sang — A Lesson in Spiritual Care

On September 27, David Emery celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary without his beloved wife Judy — a sad, but joyful day. It may be hard for some people to understand how there can be joy when you are mourning the loss of someone you love deeply. David's joy comes from the wonderful memories of a long and fulfilling marriage and also from the firm belief that he and Judy will be together again some day.