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SMHC Health Education Programs for May

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:
 

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 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Sweetser School, 50 Moody Street, Saco

Free - Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.

 

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Breastfeeding Class

SMHC’s board-certified lactation consultant will cover how to breastfeed your baby, what's normal, and where to get help if needed.

Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Free - Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

 

Childbirth Education Class            

This class will cover a variety of birth information, as well as pain control, stages of labor, positions, breathing and much more. Let us help you become more informed so you can create realistic goals and expectations for your most perfect day. Expectant mothers should be in their last trimester.

Every 4-5 weeks on a Saturday (May 21), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Cost: $75 - Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

 

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. 

Tuesday, May 31, 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

 

The "Grand" Parent
A class for grandparents-to-be. Grandma/Grandpa, Nana/Pop, Mémère/Pépère, what's your name going to be? Information to prepare you for your baby's baby. So many changes and so many choices. Come join us to learn basic Infant CPR, Car Seat Safety and review new information since your child was a newborn.

Tuesday, May 10, 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.

 

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 (May 19), 6:00 p.m. to 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

Advance Care Planning Seminar

What happens if you’re too sick to speak for yourself? Have you discussed your health care wishes with your loved ones? Not sure where to begin or what steps to take? This seminar will introduce you to advance care planning.

Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Sam L. Cohen Center, 30 Barra Road, Biddeford

Free - Please RSVP: Call 396-6546 or email jminkowitz@smaaa.org

 

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 5), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (May 19), 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.

Biddeford Medical Center

Second Wednesday of each month (May 11), 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.

Sanford Medical Center

Fourth Thursday of each month (May 26), 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: 25 June Street, Sanford

Free - Registration is required, please call 284-2630.

 

Be Tobacco Free

SMHC’s “Be Tobacco Free” program is a comprehensive four-week course designed to offer the tobacco user with all the information and tools required to become tobacco free. Our Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists 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 Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, Cardiopulmonary Gym

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 4), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (April 20), 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.

 

Better Breathers Club of Southern Maine (Pulmonary Rehabilitation)

Open to anyone interested in learning more about pulmonary disease and improving their quality of life. Small group sessions allow participants to share experiences and learn in a comfortable and caring environment.

Second Wednesday of each month (May 11), 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.   

Location: SMHC Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford

Free - For more information, please call 283-7789.

 

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group

Second and fourth Thursday of each month (May 12, 26), 5:30 p.m. to 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.

 

Cancer Support Group - Kennebunk
All individuals in treatment, caregivers, and survivors are welcomed.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity to share our individual journeys and offer each other hope and strength.

Fourth Thursday of each month (May 26), 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: St. Martha’s Church, Route 1, Kennebunk (Please park in the rear of church and enter using the rear door entrance.  Group meets in the second room on the left.)

Free - For more information, please call Peggy at 283-7320.

 

Cancer Support Group - Saco

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

Second and fourth Monday of each month (May 9, 23), 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 10, 24), 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.

 

Memory Café

If you or someone you know is struggling with memory problems, come and enjoy a cup of coffee as we share and learn from each other. The Memory Café is open to those with memory problems, family members, and caregivers.

Third Wednesday of each month (May 18), 1:00 p.m.

Location: MaineHealth Home Care, 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco

For more information call Carol at 205-5779.

 

Mom's Circle Support Group

SMHC’s Birthing Suite hosts a weekly Mom’s Circle, facilitated by Katherine O'Connor, RN, IBCLC. This group allows mothers to meet for support, play dates, friendship and fun! The group provides mothers with the opportunity to share ideas, vent frustration and compare notes. In this group mothers share their experiences to help other new moms and discuss the normal, and not-so-normal, emotions during their postpartum journey. Mom's Circle is free and babies are always welcome.

Every Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Panera Bread at Biddeford Crossing

Free - For more information, visit www.momscirclesouthernmaine.com

 

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 12), 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Huntington Common, Ross Road, Kennebunk

Free - For more information, call Selena Carey 767-9773.

 

Southern Maine Chronic Pain Support Group

First Thursday of each month (April 7), 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. and third Thursday of each month (April 21), 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: The Pines, Ocean Park  

Free - For more information, visit www.painsupportgroup.org and www.thepinescommunity.org.

 

Young Widow & Widowers Support Group

Hosted by Center for Grieving Children

Second and fourth Friday of each month (May 13, 27), 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.

 

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

 

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.”  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit www.smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.

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