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SMHC Health Education Programs for August

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 August. This listing is also available on the SMHC website at www.smhc.org under Community Programs.

CANCER CARE

HealthySTEPPS
Rejuvenate your spirit through gentle yoga, guided imagery, and movement to music.  Receive kindness, compassion, and caring from all those in attendance. For cancer survivors and their support person.

First and third Monday of each month: (August 1, 15), 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Storer Street, Kennebunk
Free - Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.    

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, August 27, 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, August 23, 6:00 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 (August 27), 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.

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.

Thursday, August 11, 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 (August 18), 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

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 (August 4), 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (August 18), 3:00 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 (August 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.

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. On¬going 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 (August 3), 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (August 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.

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 (August 10), 1:15 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 (August 11, 25), 5:30 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 - Saco
We welcome those affected by cancer and their family/friends. Support, information, and networking will be provided by skilled facilitators.

Second Monday of each month (August 8), 10:30 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 (August 2, 16), 4:00 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 (August 11), 2:00 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 (July 8, 22), 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 smhc.org/medical-staff or call (866) 436-6168.
 

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