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SMHC Health Education Programs for September

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 September. 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, September 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetser School, 50 Moody Street, Saco
Free - Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.

HealthySTEPPS
Rejuvenate your spirit thru 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.

Second and fourth Monday of each month: (Sept 14, 21), 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Storer Street, Kennebunk
Free - Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.


CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Childbirth Education Class 
       
This class will cover a variety of the 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 (Sept 12), 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.

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, September 22, 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.

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 (Sept 17), 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $35/couple; $20/person. - Pre-registration 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, September 15, 6:00 - 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.

Monday, September 28, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

Safe Travels - Car Seat Information
This class is designed to help parents/grandparents understand the importance of proper car seat use. Please bring your car owner’s manual/car seat manual and car seat (if you have already purchased a car seat).

Tuesday, September 1, 6:00 - 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.

Biddeford Medical Center
First (Sept 3, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.) and third Thursday (Sept 17, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.)
Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, 1st floor, Classroom 1
Free - To pre-register (not required), please call 283-1126.

Sanford Medical Center
Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 25 June Street, Sanford
Free - Pre-registration is required, please call 490-7957.

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 (Sept 9), 5:00 - 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 (September 24), 5:00 - 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 Cardiopulmonary Gym, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - Please call 283-7908 to schedule an appointment with Deborah Brown, RN, RRS-C, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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 (Sept 10), 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Huntington Common, Ross Road, Kennebunk
Free - For more information, call Selena Carey 767-9773.

Cancer Support Group
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.

Second and fourth Thursday of each month (September 10, 24), 1:00 - 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.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Second and fourth Thursday of each month (Sept 10, 24), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, Webber Building, 2nd floor conference room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - For more information, please contact Helene Langley at 283-7805.

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

Second Monday of each month (Sept 14), 10:30 - 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.

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 (Sept 2), 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (Sept 16), 10:00 a.m. - 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 (Sept 9), 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.    
Location: SMHC Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford
Free - For more information, please call 283-7789.

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 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Panera Bread at Biddeford Crossing
Free

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 (September 1, 15), 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - For more information call 240-8638.

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

Second and fourth Friday of each month (Sept 11, 25), 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.

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 (Sept 16), 1:00 p.m.
Location: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco
For more information call Carol at 205-5779.

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

 

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Kennebunk, Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.

 

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