Families

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Head lice. Ugh. Been there, done that. Twice. The first time: The school sent home instructions to check our kids for lice because they were going around. Sure enough, after searching and searching my husband found one. One is enough to start the purge.

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How Home Care Helps Elderly People Remain Safe and Happy at Home

How Home Care Helps Elderly People Remain Safe and Happy at Home

 

Jean is a fiercely independent woman. Even though she recently celebrated her 86th birthday she insists that she's perfectly capable of taking care of herself and her home. That's not what her family thinks.

When Jean's husband died three years ago, she made it clear that she wanted to continue living in her own home. Her children, who all have families and full-time jobs, stepped up to the plate and supported her as much as possible. About a year ago they began to notice some worrisome signs — meals uneaten, bills not paid, and their usually immaculate mother in dirty clothes, her hair not combed.

Jean's family came up with a plan. Those who lived nearby would take turns spending the night and preparing meals. One would pay her bills; another would do the grocery shopping.

Aging in Place: I want to stay in my own home

Aging in Place: I want to stay in my own home

It's a funny thing, at least for people who are parents, how as you get older, the tables can turn. The child you lovingly watched over may now be doing the same to you, which can be rather disconcerting at times. Especially if your children are telling you that they don't think your home is safe anymore and you are determined to stay in it as long as possible — the term used these days is aging in place. Read more.

Cancer Community Center's Fight Back Festival Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Cancer Community Center's Fight Back Festival Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Great news from the Cancer Community Center in South Portland. With the help of sponsors and more than 750 bicyclists, runners, and walkers the Center raised more than $80,000 at its Fight Back Festival at Pineland Farms last weekend. The goal was $75,000. Congratulations! Read more.

Women's Fitness Studio & Spa-Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch

Women's Fitness Studio & Spa-Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch

The Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch begins Friday, October 5th through Monday, October, 8th.  To ensure a spot in your favorite class during the launch, you can donate $5 and receive VIP treament, which includes a special VIP gift.  All proceeds will go towards the Annual Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer 2012.  For more information about registration, please call or email the club. 

Shalom House Celebrates 40 Years of Giving Help and Hope to People With Mental Illness

Shalom House Celebrates 40 Years of Giving Help and Hope to People With Mental Illness

 

Shalom House will celebrate Forty Years of Giving Hope with a gala event and charity auction Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Ocean Gateway Terminal on the Portland waterfront.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, along with a silent and live auction. Among the featured auction items are an original work of art by artist Charlie Hewett, New England Patriots tickets, a Boston package that includes Cheers and trolley tours, one week in Vermont, one week in Sanibel Island, Florida, and lunch with Mayor Michael Brennan at Sonny’s Restaurant.

Shalom House provides community-based support services and safe, affordable housing for people with serious mental illness. When it opened in 1972, the organization operated one halfway house in Portland. Today, it offers nearly two-dozen housing choices, from independent apartments to group homes and rooming houses throughout southern Maine.