Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

Tips and Tools for Eating Healthy on A Budget

Tips and Tools for Eating Healthy on A Budget

Free Cooking class, Instructor, Shoshona Smith, from Healthy Acadia

Join Healthy Acadia in four fun and interactive classes at the YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor to learn new tips and tools for eating healthy on a budget.  Days and times: Thursdays, Feb 12th & 26th, and March 12th & 26th, 9-10AM.  Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, each class highlights key nutrition concepts accompanied by hands on cooking demonstrations.  Free recipe sampling and takeaways! 

Healthy Acadia Nutrition Education Initiative classes are made possible through Maine SNAP-Ed. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).

Crews battle cold temps and fire in Baring


BARING, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Crews battled a fire at Knock on Wood on Route 1 Monday afternoon.

Officials said numerous towns responded to help fight the fire. The freezing temperatures caused instruments and water to freeze, which made fighting the fire difficult. The fire destroyed the gift shop.

Route 1 has been closed since the fire started and is still closed, as of 9:30 p.m.

NEWS CENTER will update this story when more information is available.


Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Your Way of Dealing with Trauma May Not Be Mine

Trauma related to military service or a terrible event may be a major cause of post-traumatic stress, but it can also happen after a seemingly minor event. Learn more from a post-traumatic stress expert in this post from Catching Health with Diane Atwood.

No, Diane. You're Not a Slacker

No, Diane. You're Not a Slacker

Art is such a healthy pursuit! My last post on the mylatestart blog was the end of August. Since then, I completed a course in 3D design. It really stretched the limits for me, which is a good thing. See some of the projects I worked on ...