Learn how to avoid illness when grilling with friends and family.
Kennebunk Center Hosts First Dog Show
July 05, 2017
The Kennebunk Center is partnering up with the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk to host our first ever dog show!
‘Brain Training’ App Improves Memory in People with Cognitive Decline
July 05, 2017
A brain training computer game developed by British neuroscientists has been shown to improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia.
June 29, 2017
Next time you are in our center, please fill out a customer experience card to help us better serve you and your loved one… Thanks!
Americans Want to Be Fit, But Most Don’t Put in the Effort
June 26, 2017
Survey finds three-quarters think appearance is ‘very important,’ yet only 31 percent work out regularly.
Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar
June 14, 2017
Seniors are one of the most at-risk groups for heat-related illnesses. The first major heat wave has already taken over New England, and these high temperatures won’t end anytime soon.
Can a Senior Have the Arteries of a 20-Year-Old?
May 31, 2017
Imagine having the clear, supple, healthy blood vessels of a 20-year-old in your 70s. It’s possible, but “challenging,” a new study suggests.
Kennebunk Center Ends National Nursing Home Week with an Apple Pie Contest
May 24, 2017
Last week our residents enjoyed many delicious pies made fresh by staff.
Legal Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer’s
May 21, 2017
A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Their Families.
SVSA Services & Veterans Pension Benefit (Aid & Attendance)
May 14, 2017
Information about Veterans Benefits Available to Senior Veterans and Their Surviving Spouses.
April 18, 2017
Are you following food safety procedures? Find out what mistakes can be made every day and how to prevent them.
April 11, 2017
If you have questions or concerns about the Shingles vaccine, here is a helpful article with more information.
April 03, 2017
Small changes every day can add up to make big differences! Check out this health article and find what health tips work for you!
How Obamacare is affecting Everyone
March 27, 2017
Obamacare continues to be the main source for healthcare. Find out the facts about Obamacare.
March 24, 2017
Questions about cholesterol? This article can help.
When Are You Planning to “Get Old?”
March 08, 2017
When are you planning to get old? According to a recent study, you’d better move the date back. “Contrary to common belief, many people can live well into their 90s without becoming cognitively impaired, study findings indicate.” But statistics are statistics.
Supplements, Diet and Exercise for Healthy Aging
February 23, 2017
Recently a television health expert was discussing the topic, “How to Stay Young Looking” for the post-50 set. It was pretty much the standard ‘take good care of your skin, eat right and exercise’ list until the last item. He stated, “Take your drugs every day. One of the best ways to look younger is to stay healthy.” Wait a minute! When did the use of prescription drugs become a mainstay of a healthy lifestyle in this country?
How Much Sleep Do Seniors Need?
February 15, 2017
Getting enough sleep is important for everyone, but it’s especially vital for seniors. Follow these steps to a better night’s rest.
January 26, 2017
Becoming older is not always so bad. Retirement doesn’t have to be your one-way ticket to a sedentary life. Learn about senior programs and services that can help you stay vital and stimulated.
“Project Playback” at Kennebunk Center
December 19, 2016
Out of the thousands of service projects preformed over the years by eighth-graders at the Middle School of the Kennebunks, only one has earned its creators the privilege of ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange. And they volunteer right here at Kennebunk Center for Health & Rehabilitation!
Kennebunk teens receive national honor for their work with Alzheimer’s patients at Kennebunk Center
December 07, 2016
KENNEBUNK (WGME) -Some Maine teens are honored for making a difference, in the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The students are from Kennebunk High School. The teens founded Project Playback to help spark joy and awaken the minds of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients through music therapy.
10 Essential Health Tips For Seniors
September 27, 2016
From baby boomers to senior boomers: 10 tips to keep you healthy and fit.
July 01, 2016
You should always be protecting and taking care of your skin, it is extremely important after all, and there is no better time to learn the dangers if you don’t than now. Now that summer, and the beach season, is approaching, learning how to protect yourself from those potentially harmful UV rays from the sun is extremely import. The link above offers great tips that everybody should know to protect their skin during the hot, summer months.
The Importance of Staying Hydrated for the Elderly
June 20, 2016
With warm weather already here and summer approaching, it is very important to stay hydrated and know the dangers/symptoms of dehydration, especially among senior citizens. According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, over 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over the age of 65. For more information on the importance of staying hydrated, causes of elderly dehydration, and possible prevention, click on the link above.
Make a Difference and Volunteer
June 01, 2016
Touch a life and become a volunteer at our center! Whether you are looking to gain some experience in a rehabilitation center or nursing home, looking for somewhere for your child to spend their time during the summer, or just want to help make a difference, volunteering can do a lot to put a smile on our residents’ face.
Respite Care for Spring & Summer Vacations
March 11, 2016
What is “Respite Care” For your own peace of mind and well-being, it’s important to allow yourself time off without worry. That is why we offer Short-Term Respite Care.
Fear and Hope: Life After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
February 05, 2016
These four people have Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what they want you to know.
Alzheimer’s: Pay Attention to the Early Warning Signs
November 20, 2015
Memory problems can be isolating, and speaking with your family and primary provider is important.
Physical Fitness Linked to Mental Fitness in Seniors
November 12, 2015
Connections between different parts of the brain weaken with age, but new research suggests that being physically fit can boost long-term brain function…
How to Find the Joy in Caregiving
October 05, 2015
To avoid ‘caregiver dementia,’ it’s important to find joy amid the devastation and frustration…
Healthy Aging: Vaccines You Need Now
September 28, 2015
Protect yourself from flu, pneumonia, shingles and more.
Application for Admission Available for Download
September 04, 2015
To download an “Application for Admission” to our center, simply click on the “Provider Details” tab on our website and scroll to the link to download the PDF file. Fill-out the application and return in-person during a tour or mail-in to our Admissions Department.
Meeting Your Nutritional Needs as You Age
August 27, 2015
From healthy fats to fiber, aging bodies need certain foods to promote good health. Get tips for eating well and adapting your diet as you get older.
Boost Brain Power 24 Hours A Day
August 13, 2015
The brain is our number one use-it-or-lose-it organ. Here, an hour-by-hour guide to improve cognition, regardless of your age.
August 06, 2015
Some great tips from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health….
Planning a weekend away this summer???
July 29, 2015
Don’t forget about our “Respite Care Program” Caring for someone in need of medical and emotional support requires tremendous energy. For those times when a caregiver needs some relief, whether…
A Better Treatment for Alzheimer’s: Exercise
July 27, 2015
Exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and now research shows it works as a great therapy, as well. Vigorous exercise not only makes Alzheimer’s patients feel better, but it makes changes in the brain that could indicate improvements, researchers told the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Thursday. “Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain,” said Laura Baker of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, who led one of the studies.
New Alzheimer’s Drugs Offer ‘Exciting Possibilities’
July 24, 2015
A batch of new drugs that aim to clear the gunk out of the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are providing the best hope yet that it might be possible to slow the disease.
New saliva test may catch Alzheimer’s disease early
July 21, 2015
A test detecting Alzheimer’s disease early may become easily available thanks to one plentiful bodily substance: saliva, a recently released study shows.
Special Nutrient Needs of Older Adults
May 18, 2015
Eating right and staying fit are important no matter what your age. As we get older our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become especially important for good health.
Healthy diet may improve memory, says study
May 07, 2015
We’ve all heard the age old adage, “You are what you eat.” But could what we eat also affect how we think?
People who feel younger at heart live longer
January 14, 2015
(CNN) Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life. If those fibbers truly believe that they are younger than what it says on their birth certificate, a new study shows they are among a group of people who have a lower death rate. That’s compared with those who felt their age or who even feel older than their years.
Has Stanford University found a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?
January 05, 2015
A drug which boosts the brain’s immune response may prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe.
Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Changes for 2015
November 26, 2014
Millions of Medicare recipients could be hit with rising prescription drug premium costs in 2015. Nearly 10 million people now enrolled in six of the 10 largest Part D drug plans face premium increases ranging from 11 to 52 percent if they don’t switch to a different plan. Three other large plans, with nearly 3.5 million members, will drop their premiums by 13 to 31 percent.
U.S. News & World Report Names “Best Nursing Homes” for 2014
November 13, 2014
(Updated centers) U.S. News & World Report announced its annual “Best Nursing Homes,” after reviewing state and federal inspection reports of 15,000 skilled nursing facilities across the country…and 10 National HealthCare Associates affiliates made the list.
Prepared for Flu Season? We are!
November 03, 2014
Did you get your flu vaccination yet? Our staff have been receiving them since the beginning of October in preparation for flu season…
October 29, 2014
A stroke is a very scary thing: A vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts, leaving the brain deprived of the essential oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. In the minutes following a stroke, brain cells begin to die.
7th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day – September 23
September 15, 2014
The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 23, 2014—the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Click here for some great information on preventing falls for you or a loved one… Since Falls Prevention Awareness Day was first observed in 2008, we have grown participation in the event from 11 states to 47 states and the District of Columbia. This year, we hope to expand our reach even further!
Take this risk assessment test from the American Diabetes Association…
September 08, 2014
Are you or a loved on at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Click on this link below to take a risk assessment test from the American Diabetes Association…
Many commonly prescribed drugs taken by older adults can raise risk of falls
August 13, 2014
Half of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications taken by older adults may raise the risk of falls, according to new research. Painkillers and antidepressants were most strongly tied to a greater likelihood of being injured in a fall, the study of 64,000 Swedes over age 65 found. Severe injuries were significantly more common with 11 out of the 20 medications studied.
Blood test predicts Alzheimer’s disease
March 17, 2014
(CNN) — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease.
How to Hang Out With Someone Who Has Alzheimer’s
February 12, 2014
By Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor My 87-year-old Dad, who has dementia, had nine visitors recently: his grandchildren, who ranged in age from 4 to 17. Four of my own kids and my six nieces and nephews made a lively parade as they threaded through the halls of the care facility where he’s doing stroke rehab. Their chattering and bouncing reminded me that although visiting a nursing care facility can feel unnatural if you’re not used to it, in some ways nothing could be more natural than what sometimes happens when life at either end of the spectrum connects.
February 03, 2014
Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.
Alzheimer’s risk before symptoms: Do you want to know?
November 12, 2013
(CNN) — Anne Kolesar thought she had packed well for her biking trip last month in Pennsylvania’s “Grand Canyon,” with clothes for cold weather and snacks. But after driving about a hundred miles, she looked through her rearview mirror and realized: Oops, no bike! Kolesar, 61, laughs heartily as she tells this story. But hovering over the incident is her knowledge that she has an elevated genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Could Flu Shots Help Prevent Heart Attacks?
October 03, 2013
Getting a flu shot could help protect against a heart attack, Australian researchers say. Their new study found that hospitalized heart attack patients were about half as likely to have received a flu vaccination and about twice as likely to have gotten sick with the flu as people living in the same city who had not suffered a heart attack, leading them to conclude that flu shots might shield against heart attacks.
Blood pressure drugs may help Alzheimer’s, study suggests
August 05, 2013
Patients who took a certain type of blood pressure medication got measurable relief from worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms, too, researchers reported on Thursday.
7 New Centers Welcomed into National HealthCare Family
July 01, 2013
National HealthCare Associates family of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers now reaches Maine, with the addition of seven new centers on July 1, 2013.
5 Ways to Maximize Your Doctor’s Visit
May 14, 2013
(CNN) — How did your last doctor’s appointment go? If you’re like most patients, your answer might be “too quickly.” You’ve probably noticed how busy your doctor is as he or she zips in and out of exam rooms. As a result, your visit is getting shorter — the average time a doc has to spend with each patient has dwindled to a speedy seven minutes, research shows.
NHCA Announces New Recruitment/Pre-Hire Video
May 09, 2013
Check out the new National HealthCare Associates Recruitment/Pre-hire Video and see what makes National HealthCare a great place to work!