RMCMC October Activities – Lewiston Sun Journal

AREA – The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM) located at 59 Winter Street, Norway on the campus of Stephens Memorial Hospital, announces its schedule of free in-person and virtual for the month of October. They ask participants of in-person classes to please wear a mask. Anyone affected by cancer (cancer survivors and caregivers) can participate.

Special activities
“Improve the Way You Move” – ​​Four Fridays in October – 11 a.m. to noon starting October 7. Somatic Movement with Erin Girzone: Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher, Yoga Instructor and ACE Certified Coach and Behavior Change Specialist. A somatic movement practice is a fabulous way for cancer patients and survivors to manage their ability to move as freely and painlessly as possible and for all ages and abilities. You will learn movement patterns that can be done while seated in a chair that improve the way you feel and how you move.

Weekly Public Hours – Thursdays, 9am-3pm; other days of the week by appointment. Mandatory masks.

Ongoing weekly virtual classes – pre-register for the virtual classes listed below at www.crcofwm.org:
“The Mind Full of Good” – Monday Morning Meditation – Mondays, 9:00 am to 9:30 am This enrichment series offers new ways to cultivate the good in your life. Built on the science of positive neuroplasticity, each week will focus on cultivating an opportunity to develop inner resources for peace, contentment and joy. Classes include instruction, discussion and are suitable for anyone who meditates or wants to start a meditation practice. Led by Karen Vasil-Busch, LMT, CAP is a NTP Teacher, Registered Massage Therapist, REIKI Karuna™ Master and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

MBSR – “One Hour of Mindfulness” – Thursdays, 9-10am Learn how the practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help reduce stress through breathing, movement and meditation. Join Kat Larsen as she leads this weekly class, incorporating other practices from her work as a Certified Yoga Therapist and Registered Yoga Instructor.

Weekly in-person classes
Chair Yoga at Harrison, Caswell House Conservancy, 42 Main Street, Harrison – Mondays and Wednesdays – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic disease and pain. It can also help deal with feelings of isolation. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater sense of happiness and well-being. Susan Kane teaches this course, which can easily be adapted to one’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

New! Chair Yoga in Bridgton, Bridgton Community Centre, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton – Weekly Fridays – 9am-10am, from 14 October. Susan Kane also teaches this course, which can easily be adapted to one’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

Strength and Balance for Cancer Wellness – Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Rush Fitness, 141 Western Avenue, Paris. This full body workout class, led by Lori Britting, is tailored to each individual’s comfort level and ability to maintain mobility and strength. Resistance training (with the use of bands, free weights, and bodyweight) has been shown to improve flexibility and decrease bone loss, reduce stress, and increase overall well-being. Train at your own pace while receiving encouragement and help to achieve your goals. Call the CRCofWM at 890-0329 to register.

Craft & Chat at CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway: Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., explore your creative side and meet new friends at the same time. All equipment is provided, masks required.

Chair Yoga at CRCofWM 59 Winter Street, Norway: Thursdays 1-2pm Join Kat Larsen for this gentle form of yoga, which utilizes both seated and standing poses using a chair as support to provide all the benefits traditional yoga. Chair yoga can help improve core strength and balance, promote better breathing techniques, increase flexibility, and reduce stress. Masks are mandatory. Please call CRCofWM to register.

Special groups
New day and time!
Women’s Support Group (Thursday, October 20 – CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 2-3 p.m. For more information, please call 890-0329.

Men’s Rally Group (Thursday 20 October) – CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 4-6pm. For more information: Nel Bernard – 207-312-9955 or Vance Jordan -207-583-2975.

The Cancer Resource Center is hosting Dempsey Center Virtual Classes beginning 10/28/2022:
The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM) has partnered with the Dempsey Center to make its educational courses available to the Norwegian region. Through the Dempsey Connects virtual platform, CRC clients will be able to participate in the CRC office in Norway with CRC staff or virtually from the comfort of their own home. These telecast courses are open to the public statewide at no charge. To register for one of these courses, please call CRCofWM at (207) 890-0329.

Programs offered from October to December 2022 will include:
1. Manage side effects of cancer treatment with cannabis/CBD
Friday, October 2 10-11:15 a.m. From treating pain and nausea to helping relieve the symptoms of neuropathy, more and more studies are coming out that demonstrate the positive benefits of safe use of CBD and other cannabinoids. Join the Dempsey Center and experts Dr. Dustin Sulak and Shari Berman to discuss alternative and complementary ways to manage the side effects of cancer and cancer
treatments.

2. The Next Chapter: Support After Cancer Treatment Wednesdays, November 2 – December 9, 5:00 – 6:30 pm When cancer treatment ends, the impact of cancer can often continue. Join us for this 5-week series to learn techniques for coping with the new physical and emotional reality of your post-cancer treatment journey. While connecting with other survivors, learn the importance of eating well coupled with strategies to optimize your diet, identify how movement and fitness can care for your body and mind, and explore how therapies supplements can improve your well-being.
• Nov. 2 – Connect with others at a similar point in their cancer journey
• November 9 – Post-treatment emotional realities
• November 16 – Movement + Post-Treatment Fitness Strategies
• November 23 – Holiday – No meeting
• November 30: Optimization of nutrition
• December 7 – Improving well-being through complementary therapies

Facilitators: Maureen Higgins, MSW; Judy Donnelly, RDN; Tish Caldwell, Certified Oncology Fitness Instructor; Liz Como, LMT, Kailie Sullivan, LCSW. This program is open to cancer patients at the end of treatment or post-treatment.

3. Soups on the move! (LIVE at Dempsey, virtual at CRC)
Thursday, November 10, 2-4 p.m. Calling all soup lovers! Learn the art of making delicious soup and adjusting the flavor to suit your personal taste bud needs. Discover new recipes and tips for freezing your favorites for later meals. Led by Judy Donnelly, RDN, LD, Nutrition Program Coordinator

4. What to eat during cancer treatment
Wednesday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cancer treatment can affect what you are able to eat and how your body handles food. Join us to learn basic information about maintaining good nutrition to help you feel better during cancer treatment. Led by Kelly Falone, RDN, LD
Note: As with all services at the Dempsey Center and the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, these television programs will be provided free of charge. This program is possible thanks to the support of Jane’s Trust, a charitable foundation located in Boston, MA, and the Hannaford Foundation.

Monthly activities
Stamping Up – Making Greeting Cards: October 3. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join Cathy Pulsifer for this fun and social activity and create beautiful greeting cards to take home. Space is limited; masks are mandatory. Materials are provided. Call (207) 890-0329 to register.

Wellness Share – 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. Reiki is always available, other modalities are available upon request. A somatic movement practice is a fabulous way for cancer patients and survivors to manage their ability to move as freely and painlessly as possible and for all ages and abilities. You will learn movement patterns that can be done while seated in a chair that improve the way you feel and how you move. Availability of practitioners: reflexology, massage, foot baths, Crone sessions, meditation and more. This is a free event, sponsored by the Western Maine Cancer Resource Center and hosted by Teresia REIKI & Friends. You do not need to register in advance. For more information: Charlotte LaBelle, 207-890-2177.

Drum Circle – 4th Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. You do not need to register in advance. This is a free event, sponsored by the Western Maine Cancer Resource Center. For more information: Dan Gravel, 207-604-0323 or Nel Bernard, 207-312-9955.

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