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Virtual Health Fair

2020 marks the 41st year of the annual Cary Medical Center Health Fair and thanks to these unusual times, we have had to reimagine our event so that the fair could go on. This year, in lieu of our annual in-person Cary Medical Center Health Fair, we will be conducting a “Virtual Health Fair” and invite you to join us! From October 1 to October 31, we will introduce and highlight our virtual health fair exhibitors in a special way here on this page and also on Facebook in any of the following three locations: Cary Medical Center’s 2020 Virtual Health Fair; Healthy You Facebook pageHealthy You Health & Wellness Community.

Throughout the month, we will introduce and showcase one organization or program each day – providing health information, resources, and important agency/organizational information to help people in our communities access their services. We will be sharing videos, brochures, upcoming event information, live Q & A segments and giveaways – just like you might have experienced at the in-person event in the past. It will also pay to stay engaged as we will host a few door prize drawings throughout the event as well as a grand prize drawing at the very end. Entries will be earned through engagement with the event – think “LIKES” and comments! We hope you will join us as we aim to connect our communities with whatever they might need to make their health and wellness a priority – even in the midst of these uniquely challenging times.

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October 31: PINES – Dental

Preventing oral health problems – especially for children and pregnant women – is an important part of a person’s overall health. Pines Health Services provides onsite Preventive Dental Care for both children and adults that include:

Prophylaxis (cleanings) for children and adults: Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are essential for your overall oral health.
X-rays: Pines Dental has digital x-ray units which reduces radiation exposure by as much as 80%! Dental x-rays are safe and necessary to diagnose problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. X-rays reveal cavities between the teeth or hidden by fillings, detect infections in the bone, abscesses, cysts, tumors and fractures. Dental x-rays also give your dental provider a ‘base line,’ allowing her or him to track changes in your oral health.
Dental Sealants: Are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to protect them from tooth decay. Most decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Dental sealants protect the chewing surfaces from decay by blocking germs and food particles from staying in these grooves.
Fluoride application: Fluoride treatments aid in the prevention of dental caries (cavities).
Oral Health Instruction: (OHI) is an important part of your dental visit. Your hygienist will show you the most effective way to care for your teeth and gums, ensuring that your smile lasts a lifetime!
Preventive dental care is essential to help everyone improve their health and keep a sparkling smile. To prevent childhood dental problems, it is important for parents to know their child’s risk and to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to minimize the risk of dental disease in the future.
Make an appointment with Pines Dental by calling (207) 498-1314, Monday through Friday: 7:30 am to 4:30pm.
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“Mask mouth” may be something that more people are experiencing now that wearing a mask is becoming a routine thing, but it’s not new. Dr. David Levasseur, dentist with Pines Health Services, recently sat down for a community chat to shed some light on “mask mouth” and provide some suggestions in regard to the extra candy kids (and everyone else) will be consuming today for Halloween!

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Let’s face it – most kids don’t look forward to Halloween for the sugar-free gum and dark chocolate. And that’s ok. If kids are indulging in any kind of candy, ensure they drink plenty of water after eating the treat. Encourage them to swish the water around in the mouth to help dislodge particles that can get stuck and encourage the Mouth Monsters to latch onto tiny teeth.
And whatever you do, don’t let your young ones go to bed before brushing and flossing if all sides of a tooth cannot be cleaned by brushing alone. It’s a busy, exciting time, but as is the case with every other day of the year, kids should brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.

October 30: Aroostook Elder Law

Attorneys Martha Grant and Mark Roy of Aroostook Elder Law recently sat down to discuss some very important information that people should consider as they get older. Check out the community chat video below and reach out to them at Aroostook Elder Law if you need help navigating this season of your life!

There are many things to consider as we get older. It can feel overwhelming, but there are resources available and people here to help. If you need assistance knowing where to start, the folks at Aroostook Elder Law can help.
It’s never too early to get your affairs in order, so start having those important conversations with your loved ones.

In addition to multiple resources and articles on their website at aroostookelderlaw.com, Attorneys Martha Grant and Mark Roy have put together this very helpful booklet about preparing for the expense of long-term care. View the full PDF by clicking the image.

October 29: Age Friendly Caribou

Beth Singer, Cary Medical Center’s coordinator for the Age Friendly Caribou initiative recently sat down with Bethany Zell of Healthy You to discuss Healthy Aging Month as well as local resources to help people stay healthy and active as they get older! Check out the video here.

It’s time to get the snow shovels dusted off and the winter tires put on! To help prevent falls this winter, Age Friendly Caribou is giving sand buckets to older adults in our community. If you know someone who could use a sand bucket to help keep their sidewalk clear, please email esinger@carymed.org or call 498-1632. Please note that numbers of buckets are limited.

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Don’t forget to LIKE and FOLLOW Age Friendly Caribou on Facebook to find out what’s going on in our local community and how you can improve your life as you age. Click the image below to be redirected to their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/agefriendlycaribou/.

 

October 28: PINES – Orthopedics

When it comes to Orthopedic care for injuries, you want the best.
The team at Pines Health Services Orthopedics understands the needs of athletes of all ages. From surgical to non-surgical cases, proper treatment for your injury and slow reintegration into play, the Pines Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and the Cary Medical Center Rehabilitation team, will safely get you back into the game.

Orthopedics is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the musculoskeletal system—bones, muscles, tendons, and joints. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders. Visit the Pines Health Services website at pineshealth.org to learn more about the services provided through Pines Health Services Orthopedics.
In addition to handling all of your orthopedic needs, our Pines Health Services Orthopedic team is passionate about providing education that will help you as you heal and recover. Check out their cast and splint care video!

October 27: CARY – Seniority Program

Cary Medical Center’s Seniority program for people ages 50 and older was developed specifically in response to community health care needs. Seniority membership is designed to provide a wide range of benefits that will help you while you’re healthy and when you need health services. You might think of Seniority as your exclusive membership in a very special kind of ‘health club’ comprised of vibrant, active seniors like you who care about their health and are determined to live life to the fullest. As a Seniority member, you will enjoy life time independence, security, and special savings all for a one-time membership fee of only $25.

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Although some of the program benefits have had to be adjusted, postponed and/or suspended due to COVID-19 precautions, your $25 one-time membership fee to Cary Medical Center’s Seniority program generally includes the following benefits.

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If you are age 50 or over and would like to become a member of Cary Medical Center‘s Seniority program, just print and complete this brief form (click image for full form), and then mail it along with your $25 check or money order. If you prefer, charge your Seniority membership to your Visa or MasterCard including the appropriate information on this application.
 
If you have any questions about our Seniority Program, please call the Seniority Office at 207-498-1380.

October 26: AMHC – Residential Treatment Facility

AMHC offers a 28-day Clinically-Managed High-Intensity Residential Treatment Facility in Limestone. This facility is an ASAM Level 3 residential service often referred to as “The Farm” and is for individuals needing 24-hour recovery focused care offered by trained counselors.

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Aroostook Mental Health Center – AMHC Residential Treatment Facility Site Coordinator, Rebecca Fournier, recently sat down with Cary Medical Center’s Bethany Zell to discuss how the RTF program helps those who are struggling with substance use disorder.

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Aroostook Mental Health Center’s Residential Treatment Facility program has so much to offer those who are ready to begin their recovery journey.  Click the image below to access a downloadable PDF version of this service highlight to learn more about this awesome resource available right in Aroostook County. 

October 25: Men’s Health

In recognition of Men’s Health Month in June, Dr. Jarryd Rossignol of Pines Health Services sat down to discuss mental health as it pertains to men. Dr. Rossignol currently sees patients at the Pines Presque Isle Health Center. Check out the video below to learn more!

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Men have special health concerns on so many topics, from exercise to heart disease, from reproductive health to job-related problems. Browse our library of articles to stay on top of the latest news and developments you need to know by visiting https://www.carymedicalcenter.org/ehealth/?8carymed/libv/p47.shtml.

October 24: CARY – Sharps Program

Did you know that Cary Medical Center has a Community Sharps Disposal Program available to our communities for free? It is so important that people who use medical sharps safely dispose of them. Here’s why:

Personal sharps containers may be obtained (dependent on availability) from the following locations:

• All Pines Health Services Offices

• Cary Medical Center Diabetes Education Program

• Cary Medical Center Laboratory

• Caribou and Presque Isle Police Departments

Mail-back programs are available for individual use by sharps users. Refer to www.safeneedledisposal.org for options in your area.

Sharps collection boxes can be conveniently and safely disposed of at the following locations throughout Aroostook County!

October 23: Pines Health Services

Are you looking for a primary care provider? With locations throughout Aroostook County, you can find someone who can help with your healthcare needs through Pines Health Services. Visit their website at www.pineshealth.org to learn more and find a provider today because NOTHING is more important than your health!
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Pines Health Services has some AMAZING primary care providers available to help you with all of your healthcare needs. Dr. Samuela Manages sees patients in the St. John Valley Health Center in Van Buren, but she has a real passion for educating our local community members on different topics that are important to health and wellness. She recently sat down with Healthy You for a Wellness Wednesday LIVE segment on mental health. Watch the video below to learn more…

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Dr. Hans Duvefelt of Pines Health Services has a heart for his patients and he sat down with Healthy You to talk about heart health earlier this year. Dr. Duvefelt currently sees patients out of the St. John Valley Health Center in Van Buren.

 

October 22: Siruno Stroke Prevention Program

The Siruno Stroke Prevention Program was created in honor of Dr. Cesar Siruno, a long time and much admired General Surgeon at Cary Medical Center.  Dr. Siruno was a strong believer in health promotion and prevention.  The Siruno family established the Stroke Prevention Program as a tribute to Dr. Siruno and to carry on his legacy.  Mrs. Siruno, who was a registered nurse, said that she hoped the fund would help prevent families from experiencing the tragedy of major stroke that her family had endured. Working with the Jefferson Cary Foundation, a nonprofit public foundation based at Cary Medical Center, the Siruno family established a permanent endowment that over the past decade has offered annual professional education, community health promotion, health screenings and other initiatives focused on the prevention of stroke. Thanks to this project and the work of other organizations, the incidence of Stroke and Stroke related mortality in Northern Maine is on the decline. Siruno Stroke Prevention Program coordinator, Nancy Holmquist recently shared about some of the work that is accomplished through this generous fund.

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Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to major health issues including stroke. Join the PreventT2 program today and learn to make lifestyle changes that can help you prevent type 2 diabetes.
Our Siruno Stroke Prevention Program will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6PM in Caribou. At this session, you will learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program that will be launching in early 2021. For more information or to register to attend the information session, please call Judy at 207.498.1112.
For programs in your area (outside of Aroostook County), please visit www.cdc.gov/preventt2.
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Back in February, Siruno Stroke Prevention Program coordinator, Nancy Holmquist sat down with Bethany Zell of Healthy You to discuss some “Dos and Don’ts” for blood pressure measurement. Did you know that if you have a full bladder when you get your blood pressure taken it can cause your systolic blood pressure measurements to increase 10 to 15mmHg? Find all this and more by watching the video below to find out how YOU can help as a consumer to get the most reliable and accurate blood pressure reading.