Families

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

At the age of 89, Barbara Stetson has finally learned to slow down at bit. That doesn't mean she limits what she does, just that she doesn't rush around like she used to. "I had seven children," she explains. "I raised them alone. I played piano in restaurants and a lot of church music on Sundays. That's how I supported my children.  I was always multi-tasking. I went dashing from one place to another and I got so I always did things fast. I've now learned to slow down." Read more ...

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

Tri for a Cure: The Two Sisters at the Water Station

What are the odds that two sisters would both have with the same type of lung cancer? Slim. Even if they are identical twins or identical mirror twins like Leni Grant and Lita Brown, from Gray. Read more ...

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Summer has arrived in Maine! What fabulous weather we had this weekend. Because we're bound to get some really hot days this summer, I decided a refresher course in heat-related illnesses might be a good idea. Sometimes they can sneak up on you, like when you forget to put on sunscreen or lose track of the time at the beach. Elderly people —  my 87-year-old mother who insists on wearing a heavy sweater on an 80 degree day for instance — are especially susceptible to heat stroke or dehydration. Read more ...

Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

It's summer in Maine — the time of year to open your windows, smell the flowers and enjoy being outside after many months of being cooped up indoors. It's also the time of year children are more likely to experience sprains, strains and falls. Outdoor sports and bike-riding are particularly likely to land them in the emergency room or urgent care office, frequently with head injuries.

Coping with guilt and other uncomfortable feelings when caring for a loved one with dementia

Coping with guilt and other uncomfortable feelings when caring for a loved one with dementia

If you are providing any type of care to someone who has dementia, chances are good that at some point you have experienced feelings of grief and guilt. These are feelings that often leave people feeling uncomfortable and ashamed. All they really mean is that you are human, and you are in the midst of a difficult journey. Read more ...

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

What will you do on your summer vacation? Roman Waites and his family are going on a monumental cross country roadtrip and they're going to document their journey by making a movie. Have no doubt — Roman will play a starring role. Read more ...

A Walk with My Mother

A Walk with My Mother

She still has far more sense than I will ever have. My mother. Who has Alzheimer's disease. We decided that it was a lovely day for a walk along the ocean on Portland's Eastern Promenade Trail. The sun was out. It was warm. My mother reached into the closet for her fleece jacket. "Ma," I said as brightly as the sun was shining. "It's too warm for that jacket. How about something lighter?"

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