Cancer Resource Center. November activities

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NORWAY – 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 classes and activities and virtual for the month of November. 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” – ​​This popular class will continue for three Fridays in November from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: November 18. Led by 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 both sitting in the chair and lying down that improve the way you move and the way you feel.

Weekly public hours – Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 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 – Monday, 9-9:30 a.m.
This enrichment series offers new ways to grow 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 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am 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.

Chair Yoga in Bridgton, Bridgton Community Centre, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton
Weekly on Friday – 9am-10am. 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 1-2pm Come discover 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 1-2 p.m. Join Kat Larsen for this gentle form of yoga that utilizes both seated and standing poses using a chair as support to provide all the benefits of 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
Women’s Support Group – (no group in November – resumes Wednesday 12/14 at 10:30am), 59 Winter Street, Norway. For more information, please call 890-0329.

Men’s Rally Group (Thursday November 17) – CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 4:00-6:00 p.m. For more information: Nel Bernard – 207-312-9955 or Vance Jordan -207-583-2975.

Virtual Dempsey Center Classes hosted at the Cancer Resource Center

The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM) has partnered with the Dempsey Center to bring their educational classes to the Norway area. These televised classes are open to the public free of charge throughout the state. To register for these courses, please call CRCofWM at (207) 890-0329. You don’t have to attend all classes!

Programs offered from October to December 2022 will include:
1. The Next Chapter: Support After Cancer Treatment: Wednesdays, November 2 to December 9, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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
complementary therapies can improve your well-being.
• November 16 – Movement + Post-Treatment Fitness Strategies
• November 23: 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. No meeting on November 23.

2. What to eat during cancer treatment: Wednesday, November 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cancer treatment can affect what you can 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 – November 7 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join Cathy Pulsifer for this fun and social activity and make 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 how you feel and how you feel.
movement. 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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