Apples from Mullis Orchards

A Map of Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

September 20th, 2014 | Nom Nom

If you plan to go apple picking in Maine and like to "see" where you're headed, I've created an interactive map to help lead the way. Read the Rest »

Older woman

Never Too Old to Get Mono

September 17th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Not too long ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with mononucleosis (mono). When I hear that someone has mono, I think teenager. My friend may be so in spirit, but in reality she is a grandmother.

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Three children eating apples

Healthy Eating on a Budget

September 15th, 2014 | Nom Nom

Have you looked at your food bill lately?  Let's face it: food prices are not going down. Whether you buy food at a local market, grocery store or your favorite "super center," planning a healthy meal for one or a family while keeping to a budget is challenging. While we all have preferences, keeping an open mind and varying our diets makes affording nutritious food easier. You might even surprise yourself by trying something out of ordinary that is absolutely delicious, easy to prepare and cost-effective. Read the Rest »
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I Don’t Know What to Say to Mom

September 11th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Dementia changes how people experience and interact with the world around them. The way a person with dementia uses words often leaves family members and caregivers unsure how to respond. After years of being able to communicate interactively, and exchange information clearly, as dementia progresses this flow suddenly shifts. Initially, it may be an occasional loss of words, or confusion of words. Eventually, there is no give and take at all, leaving communication a one-way street. Read the Rest »

Diane and Sharon

Stress Relief: Catching Health on the Morning Report

September 9th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Relieving some stress with Sharon on the Morning Report.
Apples from Mullis Orchards

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

September 8th, 2014 | Nom Nom
Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I've put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. Read the Rest »
Exhausted woman

Overwhelmed? Add a Time Out to Your Schedule

September 7th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

You're overwhelmed and I'm suggesting that you add one more thing to the list? Why?! Because if you don't schedule a time out, my guess it that you will never take one. And your health — physical and mental — is likely to suffer.  Read the Rest »


The Doctor Will See You Now — On Your Smart Phone

September 5th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Telemedicine — using electronic communications to exchange medical information — is not a new idea. Just a few months ago, I wrote about a home care agency in Maine that uses telemedicine to help elderly clients stay home longer. According to the American Telemedicine Association, the use of telemedicine started more than forty years ago with hospitals trying to extend care to patients in remote areas. It spread rapidly and, as it says on the association's website, is "now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces." Read the Rest »
Mom waves at camera

My Mother’s Bookcase

September 4th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
This post originally appeared in another blog I write about my adventures as a non-traditional college student pursuing a fine arts degree at the University of Southern Maine. The name of the blog is mylatestart or my late start. My daughter noticed that is also reads as my latest art. How clever is that? Can't take credit though, it was pure serendipity! Because my mother is the main character in this post and I've written about her having Alzheimer's disease on the Catching Health blog before, I thought it was fitting to share this story. Read the Rest »
Morning Report August 26, 2014

Calling All Volunteers: Catching Health on the Morning Report:

August 27th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
Yesterday on the Morning Report with Jackie Ward, I shared some fun and easy ways to help support two great organizations in Maine.

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Diagnosed with Cancer? Them’s Fighting Words.

August 25th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Back in 2005, Chris Kuhn and his colleague and friend Dave Langdon were trying to come up with a name for a celebratory lobster bake and bike ride they planned to host. They settled on Not Dead Yet, straight out of one of Chris's favorite movies, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

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Veggies for All intern in the garden

Veggies for All: Fresh produce for the local food pantry

August 25th, 2014 | Nom Nom

On the third Saturday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 am cars line up at the drive-through window of the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, Maine.

In that hour and a half, the pantry is able to provide food to about 275 families or nearly 700 people throughout its community. Each family that drives up to the window gets a box full of non perishable food items topped with freshly harvested vegetables. The produce is grown and supplied by Veggies for All, a community agriculture project also based in Unity. A group of young farmers started the project in 2007 because they "recognized the great potential for local agriculture to relieve hunger in our region." Read the Rest »

End of Summer Safe Eating

August 20th, 2014 | Nom Nom

The countdown to fall may have arrived, but there is still plenty of time left to enjoy eating, cooking and playing outside. Here are some simple tips and strategies for handling and storing food so the fun can keep going on both before and after your picnic, barbecue, or camping trip. Read the Rest »

Sarah Swanson

Taking Action Against Pancreatic Cancer

August 17th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But
As far back as she can remember, Sarah Swanson liked to hang out at her mother's jewelry store — G. Irwin Co. in Kittery. It's closed now. Sarah's mother Ann Pardoe died at the age of 62 on March 3, 2013, 11 months after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Read the Rest »
Morning Report

Catching Health on the Morning Report

August 12th, 2014 | Catching Health Stories
Today on the Morning Report, Jackie Ward and I talked the risk of falling for people over 65 AND we talked about a significant brain aneurysm symptom.

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Mature woman

Sex After Menopause

August 11th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

You finally made it through menopause. The problem is along with no more periods you also seem to have no more desire for sex. Take heart. You’re not alone. Read the Rest »
Little girl drinking water

Which is Better — Sports Drink or Water?

August 8th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

No matter what you're doing outside this summer, when the day is gloriously hot and sunny, it's important to stay hydrated. The best beverage for the job is water — before, during and after physical activity.  Read the Rest »

Moving boxes

Moving When You’re Elderly: How to make it a smooth transition

August 6th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Helen Livingston did not want to pack up her belongings and move out of her condo. "I wish I could have stayed," she told me when we talked on the phone recently. "I was very happy." Read the Rest »
Squares of blueberry crumb cake

The Best Blueberry Cake I Ever Ate!

August 3rd, 2014 | Nom Nom
We're upta camp and my husband invited our neighbors over for a cup of coffee. "You should make them something delicious with those blueberries we got," he said. "Something like the blueberry buckle my mother used to make." Read the Rest »
Older man

When Should You Be Concerned About Memory Loss?

July 31st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

You can’t remember someone’s name. You misplaced your keys. You forgot to pay a bill. You took a wrong turn on a familiar road. Should you be worried that you’ve got Alzheimer’s disease or some other cause of dementia?

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Heart Palpitations. What Are They? Ask Dr. T.

July 30th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you're sitting still or lying down.

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Peroxide on a cut

Why You Shouldn’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide on a Cut

July 28th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

If one of the first things you do when you cut yourself is flood the wound with hydrogen peroxide, STOP!

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Amy Paquette

If it’s the worst headache of your life and it’s sudden, it may be a brain aneurysm

July 25th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Amy Paquette was doing an exercise video with a friend when all of a sudden she felt dizzy and nauseous, had blurred vision and a headache — a bad, bad headache. After a night of agony, she went to the emergency room. "They said I was just dizzy and sent me home," she says. "I called my own doctor, who sent me for a CT scan that came back normal, but the headache and other symptoms wouldn't go away." Read the Rest »
Portland Farmers' Market

Enjoying Maine’s Fabulous Produce — Safely

July 23rd, 2014 | Nom Nom
Maine-grown fruits and veggies are nature’s gift to us for surviving the winter. And for farmers, summer in Maine means growing what we can in the short time we have. Despite a growing season that is quite short, we have plenty of produce to pick from — from early spring onions to mid-season blueberries to late season potatoes (and plenty of things in between). Read the Rest »
Older couple kissing

Stepfamilies and Caregiving: How to meet the challenges together

July 21st, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

Many people find love later in life. Studies have shown that married people experience health benefits and that being isolated or feeling lonely compromises health. Companionship can be a true blessing. For those who find a partner later in life, this also creates new relationships between their grown children. There are endless possibilities regarding how these relationships may unfold. Some may be close and supportive. When families are spread out over a large geographic area or when a parent retires to a warmer climate, it’s difficult enough for immediate family to see each other on a regular basis. For those newly related stepsiblings, there may never be a chance to create solid bonds. Read the Rest »

Barbara Stetson and her Yorkie

Preventing Falls: It’s a Matter of Balance

July 18th, 2014 | I'm Not Your Mother, But

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 the Rest »

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