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SMHC Health Education Programs for December

November 29, 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 December:

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.

Thursday, December 28, 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

Classes/Events

SMHC Auxiliary Tree of Life
Join the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Auxiliary on December 6 for homemade baked goods, holiday music performed by local musicians, and to remember or honor your loved ones by hanging a personalized dove on the tree at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremonies. This year, by making a gift of any size, each donor to the Tree of Life will receive his or her own personalized dove with the tribute’s name written in calligraphy by a member of the Auxiliary Board. The name of your loved one will be read aloud as your dove is placed on the tree. You are then invited to bring your dove home with you as a keepsake. All gifts directly support patient care in SMHC’s Emergency Departments.

Wednesday, December 6, 5:00pm
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford and Sanford Medical Center, 25 June Street, Sanford
To make a gift and purchase your personalized dove, please contact SMHC’s Development Office at 207-283-7251

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 (December 7), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (December 21), 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 (December 13), 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 (December 6), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (December 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.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Second and fourth Thursday of each month (December 14, 28) 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 (December 18), 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.

Cancer Survivor Support Group - Sanford
First and third Friday of each month (December 1, 15): 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue
For more information contact facilitator Jess Welch, LMSWcc at 207-391-5455 or jess.m.welch@gmail.com

Cancer Caregiver Telephone Support Group
Second and fourth Friday of each month (December 8, 22): 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Please call into the group 5 to 10 minutes prior to start time.
For more information contact facilitator Jess Welch, LMSWcc at 207-391-5455 or jess.m.welch@gmail.com

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 12, 26), 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 (December 14), 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Huntington Common, Ross Road, Kennebunk
Free - For more information, call Selena Carey 767-9773.

 


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, North Berwick 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 smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.

Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283-7232
lroberts@smhc.org


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