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 ...

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Laurie McKeon Recognized as 2014 Caregiver of the Year

Laurie McKeon Recognized as 2014 Caregiver of the Year

Congratulations to Laurie McKeon, Personal Support Specialist (PSS) worker for Bridges Home Care for being selected as the 2014 Caregiver of the Year by the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine.  As the recipient of this prestigious award, Laurie was recognized at the Blaine House on Tuesday, November 4th. 

During her 13 years as a PSS worker for Bridges Home Care, a division of Spectrum Generations, Laurie’s pleasant demeanor and tenacity in ensuring quality care has come shining through with each of her clients. Through her knowledge and compassion, Laurie has proven to families that with the help of home care services that their loved ones can stay safely and independently at home, where they want to be.

Laurie often takes her clients on outings to get their favorite sandwich or that nostalgic candy bar at places they used to go to when they were younger – listening to their old stories and precious memories of better days gone by.

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. 

Prediabetes: See It as an Opportunity

Prediabetes: See It as an Opportunity

If you've been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means your blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. It's not inevitable that you'll eventually develop diabetes, but it increases your risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of the adults in this country have prediabetes. Most of them have no idea.

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Celebrating Our Veterans and a 100th Birthday

Celebrating Our Veterans and a 100th Birthday

Burton Curtis turned 100 years old November 11, 2014 — Veterans Day. A World War II veteran, he says he joined the United States Air Force because his country was in trouble and he needed to do something. What he did was became a glider pilot who carried out dangerous missions during the war. He went on to serve 30 years in the Air Force, retiring as Colonel Burton Curtis.

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Got Insomnia? Eight Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need

Got Insomnia? Eight Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need

100, 99, 98, 97 ... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... and let's start counting those sheep all over again.

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You're not alone. Most of us have experienced occasional insomnia but for some people, lack of sleep is a chronic issue.

Find out why sleep is so important and get some helpful tips ...

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.