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Osteoporosis Can be Prevented: a Few Tips from Dr. Oz

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Did you know that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis? It’s true,  says the National Osteoporosis Foundation. But eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.

In a recent episode of her show, Oprah and Dr. Oz took a look at the actual difference between a healthy spine and one affected by osteoporosis, and Dr. Oz explains how exercise and certain vitamins in your diet can help.

Remember, what you read and see here on our blog is always helpful and educational, but never intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you suspect you have osteoporosis, discuss with your primary care provider!


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Daylight Savings Time …

DSTDid you change all the clocks, the microwave too? What about all your watches? Yes, we sprung ahead this past weekend. How did everyone do?

Here is a very interesting article about some of the effects of this time of the year. This speaks to the importance of getting enough sleep, preparing the night before Monday mornings work so we are not stressed and rushed in the morning and enjoying the extra light at the end of the day.

Spring is coming soon …


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Where to Find Your Local Food Pantry

Our Care Managers have a wealth of community resources at their fingertips – and they like to share! During difficult economic times, it’s good to know our local food pantries are there for us all. Here are some details from Jessica Taylor RN, one of our Nurse Care Managers, about where to find a food pantry near you…

  • Ecumenical Food Cupboard at Hammond St Congregational Church / Located on High Street in Bangor  / Call 942-4381 for details
  • Manna Ministries Food Bank / Located on Main Street in Bangor / Call 990-2870 for details
  • Penquis Commodity Food Distribution / Located on Harlow Street in Bangor Call 973-3500 for details
  • Seeds of Hope Food Pantry at Beacon of Hope Church of God / Located on Ohio Street in Bangor / Call 745-2952 for details
  • Shaw House Food Pantry / Located on Union Street in Bangor / Call 941-2882 for details
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank / Located on Stevens Road in Brewer  / Call 989-4672 for details
  • Crossroads Food Pantry / Located on Wood Street in Old Town / Call 817-6025 for details
  • If you’re struggling to feed your pet, the Furry Friends Food Bank at Eastern Area Agency on Aging is available to help / Located on Essex Street in Bangor / Call 941-2865 for details

St. Joseph Care Managers work with your regular primary care provider to offer ongoing support to those suffering from chronic illness. For more information about our Care Manager program or other community resources, call 907-3333.


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Your Local Farmers’ Market Connection

Our Care Managers have a wealth of community resources at their fingertips – and they like to share! Spring is the perfect time to hit your local Farmers’ Market – here are some details from Jessica Taylor RN, one of our amazing Care Managers, about where to find a Market near you…

  • Pickering Square / Open August-November / Thursdays, 2-6 p.m. / Located in downtown Bangor
  •  Orono Farmers’ Market / Open April-November / Saturdays, 8-1 p.m. and Tuesdays, 2-5:30 p.m. / Located in the Steam Plant Parking Lot on College Avenue in Orono
  • Orono Winter Farmers’ Market / 2nd & 4th Saturday, 9-12 p.m. / Located in the municipal parking lot between Pine Street and Mill Street in downtown Orono
  • Bangor Farmers’ Market / Sundays, 12-3 p.m. / Located in Abbott Square, across from the public library
  • Ohio Street Farmers’ Market / Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m. / Located at the Bangor Grange Hall, Ohio Street / Offers ½ price EBT-SNAP purchase
  • Downtown Bangor Outdoor Market / Open June-August / Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. / Located in West Market Square on Broad Street
  • European Farmers’ Market / Open year round / Thursdays, 2:30-5:20 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30-12:30 p.m. / Located at Sunnyside Greenhouse on Buck Street in Bangor
  • Hermon Farmers’ Market / Thursdays, 2-6 p.m. / Located at The Greencare Interior Plantscape parking lot on Outer Hammond Street in Hermon / Accepts EBT, debit and credit cards
  • Brewer Farmers’ Market / Saturdays, 8:30-1 p.m. / Located in Brewer Auditorium parking lot on Wilson Street
  • Hampden Farmers’ Market / Open May-November / Fridays, 2-6 p.m. / Located in Hampden Town Office parking lot at 106 Western Avenue

St. Joseph Care Managers work with your regular primary care provider to offer ongoing support to those suffering from chronic illness. For more information about our Care Manager program or other community resources, call 907-3333.


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We’ve Got Your Back – All About Palliative Care

When faced with a serious or chronic illness, there are almost always effects beyond the physical. Congestive heart failure, COPD, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, liver cirrhosis and other serious diseases require specialized medical care, but there are other questions: What are my treatment options? What should I expect later down the road? How do I talk to my family about what’s important to me?

Palliative Care is a relatively new medical specialty, with a special mission to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for both patients and their loved ones. Regardless of the patient’s diagnosis, says Sufana Alkhunaizi MD, St. Joseph Palliative Care and Geriatrics Lead Physician, the Palliative Care team aims to provide relief from the symptoms, side effects and stress of a serious disease. The team’s primary goal is symptom management, however, Palliative Care strives to help patients carry on with their daily life and improve their ability to undergo treatment.  Palliative Care helps each patient’s emotional struggles by offering a support system to assist patients and families to cope and keep a positive outlook.

QUIZ: Is Palliative Care Right For You?

Palliative Care is available to anyone diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness – any at age and at any stage of the disease. The Palliative Care team can guide patients and their loved ones through difficult choices and options, ensuring your healthcare goals match your medical care. Take the quiz to see if you or a loved one could benefit from these services.

  • Do you have a serious or chronic condition? These might include one or more of the following: congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or lung disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, liver or kidney failure.
  • Do you suffer from pain?
  • Do you have other uncontrolled symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness and/or depression?
  • Do you need more time to discuss your care with a healthcare professional?
  • Do you need help finding equipment or social services help to manage your care?
  • Do you frequently visit the Emergency Department for your condition?
  • Have you had a hospital stay in the past 6 months?
  • Do you need help understanding the pros and cons of treatment options for your condition?
  • Do you or a loved one need emotional or spiritual support to help cope with a serious illness?
  • Do you have difficulty talking to your family about your illness and what’s important to you?

If you answer “yes” to several of these questions, Palliative Care may be a good option for you.

Palliative Care is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. With improved control over your care, better symptom and pain management, and full understanding of your treatment choices, Palliative Care is becoming a sought-after specialty. Talk to your providers about your Palliative Care options, or call St. Joseph Palliative Care at 907-3135 for more information.

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