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SMHC Health Education Programs for December 2016

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 December:


CANCER CARE    

Look Good Feel Better

This program is a one-time beauty consultation with a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician for women who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. The beauty professionals provide tips and practical techniques for coping with hair loss and changes in the skin that often result from chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Each participant will receive a complimentary cosmetic kit donated by the cosmetic industry and how to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories to conceal hair loss.

Monday, December 19, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7320.


CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Safe Baby - Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR  

This class provides a non-certificate course by the American Heart Association to family and friends, as well as basic home safety for your baby as they grow.

Third Thursday of each month (December 15), 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Cost: $35/couple; $20/person - 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. - 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 (December 1), 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (December 15), 3:00 -  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 (December 14), 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - Registration is required, please call 284-2630.

Fourth Thursday of each month (none in December), 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 25 June Street, Sanford
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 (December 7), 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (December 21), 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 (December 8, Holiday Celebration!), 5:30 - 6:30 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.

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 (December 13, 27), 4:00 - 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 (December 8), 2:00 - 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 (December 9, 23), 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford
Free - Registration is required, please call 775-5216.

Need a Physician?  Visit smhc.org/medical-staff or call (866) 436-6168.

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