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"Diabetes Self-Management" is the subject of a training class series set for August at Bridgton Hospital.

Thursday, August 14 – 8-11 a.m. — Karen Bogdan, Occupational Therapist, will discuss the importance of daily exercise, how it can help improve blood sugars, decrease weight, and improve overall well-being. Karen will give participants an exercise Theraband and instructions for using it. This class is fun & will motivate you to get moving!

Elaine Drew RN, BSN, CDE, will discuss diabetes mellitus, disease process and treatment options, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and diabetic ketoacidosis (dangerously high blood sugar).

Monday, August 18 – 8-11 a.m. — Learn about medications to control diabetes; sick day management; lab tests and new research; signs, symptoms and treatment of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar); and the importance of proper foot care.

Friday, August 22 – 9-11 a.m. — Linda Russell, MA, RD/LD, CDE, Registered Dietitian, will discuss meal plans and diabetes, and review carbohydrate counting.

Pre-registration, referrals, and a dietary consult are required. To register for this class series, call Bridgton Hospital Diabetes Clinic at 207-647-6064. Participants will receive course book after pre-registering. All classes will be held in the Bridgton Hospital boardroom, 10 Hospital Drive, Bridgton.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:44

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SeniorsPlus, the Area Agency on Aging, will be at the Fryeburg Public Library July 28

FRYEBURG — SeniorsPlus, the Area Agency on Aging, will be at the Fryeburg Public Library, July 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Officials will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

SeniorsPlus is a private non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. SeniorsPlus believes in supporting the independence, dignity and quality of life of those we serve. It serves as the local Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center for Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties, and provides a network of support, information, services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. For more information, visit www.seniorsplus.org or call 207-795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:41

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Lake Region’s CNA Vocational Program trains and prepares students for desirable health care careers

According to the US Census Bureau, the nation's population aged 65 and older (senior citizens), comprises over 40.3 million. They represent 12.9% of the U.S. population- that’s approximately in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000 (Administration on Aging). Job growth may be stagnant in some industries, but health care isn't one of them.  The health care industry added 23,000 jobs in March alone, according to the US Dept. of Labor.

What does this mean for these teens?

As the population ages, the need for care and services will also increase. Technological developments in the medical industry will also lead to job growth. It’s an exciting time to join this field, and Lake Region’s Vocational Center is an ideal starting point for our young people.

Ten students from sending schools, Lake Region High School, Sacopee Valley High School and Fryeburg Academy received their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate from the Maine State Board of Nursing. Led by Registered Nurse Kathiann Shorey, instructor at the Lake Region Vocational Center who has over 35 years in the health care including 20+ years at Bridgton Hospital, this year-long class provides introductory skills in patient care, medical terminology, patient safety, and technology with a focus on nursing ethics.  Participants experience over 160 hours of classroom and hands-on practicums in a skills lab and at Bridgton Health Care Center and Bridgton Hospital to prepare for the state wide CNA exam.  Mrs. Shorey has an impressive 100% State Board Exam pass rate at the end of the school year.  Over 70% of these high school students attend post-secondary education programs in a health related field or continue working as a CNA.  

If you’re interested in attending the next open house or to learn more about the Health Occupations Program, contact  Kathi Shorey at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:31

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Diet Detective: When do you consume most of your extra calories (eating alarm times)?

By Charles Platkin

We asked 190 people on DietDetective.com to vote on their Eating Alarm Times those few hours each day when you can consume up to 300 extra calories, which causes you to gain weight. If only 20 percent of your day accounts for 80 percent of the reason why you're overweight, identifying your Eating Alarm Times means you don't have to overhaul your entire life to lose weight. In fact, you can make real changes by being careful during just that one period when you typically overdo it. Here are a few tips:

Time: Prime-Time TV Snacking Hours (7 to 11 p.m.)

Percentage who said this is their Eating Alarm Time: 31 percent

Problem: Either you're a kitchen lingerer or you're sitting in front of the TV after a long day, mindlessly munching.

Solution: Come up with snacking alternatives. For example, if you typically have a bowl of chips in front of the television, try a lower-calorie version. Also, make sure you put a portion in a dish and return the rest of the bag to the kitchen. That way you'll have to get up to get seconds.

Here are a few other strategies:

• Eat only at the kitchen or dining table. Consider all other areas snack-free zones.

• No eating while standing in front of the fridge.

• Close the kitchen: Once dinner is over, turn off the lights and consider the kitchen closed for the night.

• Prepare a variety of healthful snacks in advance.

• If you have a hard time eating small portions, don't try to limit yourself, because you'll probably eat even more calories in the end. Instead, you need lower-calorie alternatives – even a second healthy dinner (made up mostly of healthy protein).

Time: Dinnertime (5 to 8:30 p.m.)

Percentage who said this is their Eating Alarm Time: 28.8 percent

Problem: You've had a long day at work. Maybe you didn't have time to eat during the day. Now you're starving. If you're in a restaurant and have a menu in front of you, watch out ­you'll probably over-order. If you're home ­ well, there is always plenty of food to overeat.

Solution: You have to eat more. If you're not getting enough food during the day, you'll overeat at dinner. Try to plan your lunch and an afternoon snack. If that doesn't work, try the following:
Create a detailed weekly dinner menu. This should be very specific, including recipes and preparation, ingredients, etc. If you plan on going out, get menus for a variety of restaurants and list the approved healthy items they have to offer (at least three per restaurant). Call ahead to make sure the dishes are really healthy. For all the standard healthy-eating issues when dining out, check out my dining out cheat sheet here: http://goo.gl/6HuWOS

Time: Afternoon Snack Attack (1 to 5 p.m.)

Percentage who said this is their Eating Alarm Time: 19.2 percent

Problem: When you're hard at work or out-and-about with the kids, it's not easy to resist when that afternoon snack attack hits. You just want anything "good."

Solution: You're supposed to snack. Snacks should be about 100 to 250 calories, depending on your specific caloric needs, and should include protein, not just "empty" calories.

• Try having mini-meals such as half a turkey sandwich without mayonnaise (use mustard) or half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. See if you can get a mini-fridge to keep in your office to store healthy snacks.

• Declare a No-Food Zone: Set up a neutral territory where unhealthy food is not allowed.

• Read the Diet Detective's Guide to Eating Healthier and Performing Better at the Office here: http://goo.gl/Ob9QDI

Time: Lunch (Noon – 3 p.m.)

Percentage who said this is their Eating Alarm Time: 6.9 percent

Problem: Not planning for lunch and/or not eating breakfast. The combination can be tough on your waistline.

Solution: If you're going to work or eating at home, make your own healthy lunch. You might even try to create a weekly menu along with a shopping list. For sandwiches, choose whole-wheat breads. For filling, use lean luncheon meats such as turkey, ham or roast beef, rather than bologna, salami or bacon. Add vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers. Plain peanut butter (meaning no added sugar, just crushed peanuts) is also a good choice. If you eat out, review menus in advance and approve at least three healthy meals for each of your favorite restaurants.

Time: Late-Night Munchies (11 p.m. until ...)

Percentage who said this is their Eating Alarm Time: 4.8 percent

Problem: You can't sleep and you're bored, stressed, sad ­ could be any number of emotions. You head to the fridge and raid the cabinets, frantically looking for anything to satisfy you.

Solution: Don't leave it up to chance. Have the ingredients for satisfying, low-calorie, late-night snacks, such as cereal (under 120 calories per cup) with skim milk, cut-up veggies with low-calorie dip, yogurt, fruit, low-calorie soup (under 100 calories per cup), or an egg-white sandwich on low-calorie toast (without butter), available at all times.

You might be eating at night because you didn't eat enough nutritious food for dinner or your evening snack. Or it could be part of a larger problem: emotional eating.

See Eating After Dark: http://www.dietdetective.com/weekly-column/eating-after-dark

Time: Breakfast (5 to 9 a.m.) and Midmorning Munchies (9 a.m. to noon)

Percentage who said this is their Eating Alarm Time: Breakfast: 2.1 percent, Midmorning: 6.9 percent

Problem: You drank a quick cup of coffee but didn't have time to eat anything for breakfast. Now you're hungry.

Solution: Eating breakfast helps you lose weight, because you don't overeat at other meals. For midmorning snacks, having small packages of cereal in your office is a good idea. Bananas, oranges and apples are also satisfying at this time. Above all, avoid the vending machine, which typically doesn't have anything good (unless, of course, it has fruit).

Read my column: "Breakfast in 5 Minutes or Less" for more tips: http://www.dietdetective.com/weekly-column/breakfast-5-minutes-or-less

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:19

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Memorial Hospital scholarships awarded to local healthcare students

CONWAY – Twenty years ago, Memorial Hospital's leadership recognized the need to support students interested in pursuing education in healthcare. It includes funds donated in memory of Dr. G. Harold Shedd, one of the community's earliest and most well known physicians. More than $66,000 has been awarded and additional scholarships have been added by the hospital volunteer organization and Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine.

On July 15, at a gathering of friends, family and hospital officials, 10 individuals studying in a variety of healthcare fields received scholarships totaling $13,500. Of special note this year, a gift from Rachel and Richard Pierce of Westbrook, Maine in memory of Mrs. Pierce's parents, Henry and Louise Mann made possible a new scholarship. The Pierces' $1,000 donation honored the care provided to the Manns at Memorial Hospital by Dr. Raymond Rabideau and Dr. William Martin.

"The care that Mr. and Mrs. Mann received at Memorial Hospital was greatly appreciated by Rachel and Richard Pierce," said Mike Davenport, executive director of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. "They requested that their gift be used to provide a scholarship for an aspiring student entering the nursing profession."

The Pierces were in attendance at the award ceremony.

Davenport presented the Henry W. Mann and Louise Mann Nursing Scholarship to 2014 Kennett High School graduate Erika Szekely of Center Conway. Szekely will be attending the University of Vermont and plans to become a Registered Nurse.

"I want to wake up every morning and feel like what I do that day will make a difference," she wrote in her scholarship application essay. "I don't know where my career will take me, but I know what I will do. I will help those in need."

Memorial Hospital CEO Scott McKinnon presented this year's Dr. G. Harold Shedd Award to Sarah Clay of Ossipee. Clay attended Kingswood Regional and is now a pre-med student at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She will graduate in 2015 with her Bachelor's degree in Biology.

McKinnon made additional hospital scholarship awards to Brittany Dickinson, Catherine Hall and Amy LeRoux. Dickinson is a Kennett High School graduate who is studying nursing at Keene State College. Hall, also a Kennett High graduate, will be completing her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at the University of Vermont next spring. She received an additional scholarship from the Visiting Nurse agency.

LeRoux, an RN at the hospital's Primary Care practice, is finishing her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner. She also received a scholarship from the volunteers.

The Memorial Hospital Volunteers participate in the scholarship program with awards made to hospital employees or their children who are pursuing education in a health care discipline. Anne Wilcox presented the awards this year on behalf of the volunteers to LeRoux, Matthew Green and Casey Blakely.

Green is from Silver Lake and the son of Sue Green, an RN in the hospital's OR. He is studying psychology at the University of New Hampshire and wants to open a clinical psychology practice. Blakely is from Albany and the daughter of Jim Blakely, a cook in Nutrition Services. A Kennett graduate, she is attending the University of New Hampshire and plans on becoming an Occupational Therapist.

Sandy Ruka, RN MSN, executive director of Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine, presented the organization's Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Scholarship to Catherine Hall. The award honors the memory of Kathleen Sheehan, a nurse and longtime employee of the agency. The scholarship is given to a local student pursuing a career in nursing. Hall is receiving her degree next spring from the University of Vermont.

Applications for all scholarship categories are reviewed by a committee comprised of hospital, VNS, and volunteer representatives. Memorial Hospital accepts scholarship applications with a deadline each year of May 15. For more information, visit their website at www.memorialhospital.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:14

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