Livin' Briefs - 10/01/14
Donate blood with the American Red Cross in support of organ transplant and other patients
BANGOR — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.
Camden National employees walk, raise funds for the Eastern Maine Alzheimer's Association
BANGOR – Camden National was proud to support this year’s Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Hollywood Casino Raceway at Bass Park. In addition to this support, employees from the bank’s Bangor region branches put together a team and joined more than 1,000 other walkers in the annual three-mile walk to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Reflecting on her own personal connection to Alzheimer’s, Taylor Black, branch manager in Orono, noted: “I am doing the race this year for my grandmother who was just recently placed in a nursing home due to Alzheimer’s. By walking I want to show her how loved she is and help support efforts to end the terrible disease that has taken so much life out of such a lively woman. Hopefully, by doing this race, a cure can be found and other people’s precious lives won’t be affected by this disease.”
CDC reminds healthy adults about flu vaccineBy Lauran Neergaard
WASHINGTON — It’s time for flu vaccine again and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.
And too many young and middle-age adults are skipping the vaccine altogether, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — even though there are more options than ever.
Back to life
After you have babies (or, in most people’s case, one baby at a time) it seems like a clock starts running for how quickly you can return to normal life. But the reality is, that never happens. Or if it does, I haven’t quite seen how.
First there’s the issue that babies are demanding. They demand your sleep, your patience, your attention, your hugs. Then there’s the very real issue that kid schedules and professional and social schedules don’t line up. Ever.
#WhyIStayed … My Pets
BANGOR - The Mutt Nose Best Paw It Forward Foundation will hold the Second Annual BARKK To End The Silence Dog Friendly 5K to raise awareness of the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. The $30 race registration will help provide the funding needed to equip the first domestic violence shelter in the state of Maine with pet friendly accommodations.
Domestic violence is a silent burden that many suffer alone; in that isolation many turn to their pets as their source of love, loyalty and companionship. Abusers often use this sacred bond to control and intimidate their victims. Sadly, 71 percent of pet owners entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; unfortunately, the cycle continues with 32 percent reporting their children had gone on to hurt or kill animals.
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