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SMHC Health Education Programs for May 2017

Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) mission is to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve. We are pleased to offer the following health education programs during the month of May. This listing is also available on the SMHC website at www.smhc.org under Community Programs.

CANCER CARE    

Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking Class
Macrobiotics is a natural approach to health and sickness. A macrobiotic diet consists of whole foods and cooking techniques brimming with health giving qualities. Should you be facing a serious illness or simply looking for better health, we encourage you to explore the possibilities. Presented by Macrobiotic Master Chef Connie Arnold.

Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetser School, 50 Moody Street, Saco
Free
Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.

Repurposed!
Repurposed is a four-part, expressive art workshop for individuals diagnosed with cancer. The cancer diagnosis can make one’s life feel as though it has been “shattered.”  The impact reaches beyond the medical; it also encompasses the full mind, body and spirit and everything in-between. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore, reflect and in some ways embrace the cancer experience through a peer-led art expression project. There is no art experience needed. Each session builds from the previous one, so a commitment to each session is needed. The workshop will be led by Melissa Gerrish, LCSW who is a Breast Cancer Survivor and supported by SMHC Cancer Care and Blood Disorders.   

Tuesdays (May 9, 16, 23, 30), 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, Webber Building, 2nd floor Conference Room  
Free
Pre-registration is required, please call Helene at 283-7805 or Peggy at 283-7320.

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Daddy Survival Class
This class is for first time Dads who will be looking to get more information in a brief version of the amazing year ahead. Topics include: planning and preparing for your new addition, labor from a man's point of view and what to expect once you get home; from the first few weeks to the changing year ahead.  

Monday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

CLASSES/EVENTS

Adult Day Services for Alzheimer’s & Dementia – Sanford
SMHC’s Adult Day Service Program promotes the well-being of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Participants enjoy different activities in a therapeutic environment designed to maximize their current abilities. For the caregiver, the Adult Day Service Program offers support and education, as well as a break from the responsibility of providing 24-hour care.

Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Pavilion, 35 July Street, Sanford
For more information, please call Kathy at 490-7650.
 
Total Joint Replacement Education Class
Designed for those considering total joint replacement. Participants will learn what to expect before, during and after their procedure and stay in the hospital. Open to anyone interested.

First Thursday (May 4), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (May 18), 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, 1st floor, Classroom 1
Free
To pre-register (not required), please call 283-1126.

Weight Loss Surgery Information Session
Is weight loss surgery the right decision for you? Have you tried the other weight loss methods and nothing seems to work? If you're considering weight loss surgery, then this introductory class is for you. Information will be presented about nutrition, resources, and other topics to help with the lifestyle and emotional adjustments you may face.

Second Wednesday of each month (May 10), 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Registration is required, please call 284-2630.

Smoking Cessation Sessions
There’s never been a better time to quit.
Southern Maine Health Care offers a smoking cessation program involving one-on-one sessions designed to offer the tobacco user all the information and tools required to become tobacco free.  The Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist will offer insights into smoking habits, stress and the relationship it has to smoking, as well as nicotine replacement options available. Ongoing support is also valuable in guiding the tobacco user to become tobacco free.

Individualized Sessions
Location: SMHC Pulmonology, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford
Free
Please call 283-6408 to schedule an appointment.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alzheimer’s Support Group
Open to anyone that has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia. The group helps participants understand the process of the disease and allows for sharing and questions. Those attending the daytime support group are able to bring their loved one with them who will attend the Pavilion’s Activity group during the support group. The group is supported by the Alzheimer Association of Maine.

First Wednesday of each month (May 3), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (May 17), 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Pavilion Conference Room, 35 July Street, Sanford
Free
For More information, please call 490-7650.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Second and fourth Thursday of each month (May 11, 25) 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, Webber Building, 2nd floor Conference Room  
Free
For more information, please contact Helene Langley at 283-7805.

Cancer Support Group - Saco
We welcome those affected by cancer and their family/friends. Support, information, and networking will be provided by skilled facilitators.

Fourth Monday of each month (May 22), 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: SMHC Walk-In Care, 655 Main Street (entrance on Ross Road), Saco - 2nd floor Conference Room
Free
Registration required. Please call Peggy at 283-7320.

Mature Women’s Support Group
This group discusses issues pertaining to life as we grow older. This is a 50+ age group.

Every other Tuesday (May 2, 16, 30), 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
For more information call 240-8638.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
A place to share information and support for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, caregivers and those in related health fields.

Second Thursday of each month (May 11), 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Huntington Common, Ross Road, Kennebunk
Free
For more information, call Selena Carey 767-9773.

Young Widow & Widowers Support Group
Hosted by Center for Grieving Children

Second and fourth Friday of each month (May 12, 19), 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford
Free
Registration is required, please call 775-5216.

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