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Southern Maine Agency on Aging Offers New Chronic Pain Workshop for Pain Awareness Month

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 (Scarborough, ME) – Since 2001, September has been nationally recognized as Pain Awareness Month. The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) estimates that one in three Americans (approximately 50 million people) suffers from some type of chronic pain. There is no cure for chronic pain and chronic pain can affect adults of all ages.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) will be offering a brand new workshop created specifically to help those struggling with chronic pain. This evidenced-based workshop originally created by Stanford University combines gentle exercises along with mind and body connection practices. Participants learn how to better treat and live their life with pain. 

Workshops will be led by professional and compassionate instructors who often have chronic pain themselves. Workshops are held in a supportive and safe environment and all who attend are welcome to share as much or as little about their diagnosis or pain as they are comfortable with.

SMAA’s first workshop will be offered exclusively at the Cancer Community Center (CCC) in South Portland and will be open only to the CCC community – those who have been affected by cancer in some way. Whether you are in remission, dealing with a new diagnosis, care for someone with cancer or have lost someone to cancer, please consider joining our class: September 22 through October 27, 1-3:30pm at the Cancer Community Center.

Following the CCC workshop, additional workshops and leader trainings will be held throughout southern Maine.

For more information regarding the CCC workshop, upcoming classes and trainings, or to learn more, please contact Nicole Petit at 207-396-6513 or by email at

Since 1973, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging has provided residents of York and Cumberland counties with resources and assistance to address the issues and concerns of aging.  The Agency serves people ages 60 and older, family caregivers, and people under 60 with a disability.  Agency services are devoted to fulfilling its mission to improve the quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and the people who care for them. For more information, visit