The prevalence of cancer is undeniable and the experience of treatments may often be arduous and exhausting. Mid-Valley Cancer Care Community, located at 880 Winter St. NE,  provides a myriad of wellness courses aimed to alleviate the stress of the disease and increase energy in patients.

Taught by local doctors and nurses, classes are offered in multiple sessions each month. Nurse April Loop, a Reiki Master, teaches Spring Forest Qigong. This course is designed to increase oxygen following in the energy channels of the body, reduce pain, as well as cleanse and strengthen the lymphatic, immune, and digestive systems. Spring Forest Qigong is held every Thursday from 10-11:30 am.

Every Monday morning from 10-11:15 a.m., Mid-Valley Cancer Care Community offers a more traditional Yoga class. Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor Ivan Fernandez guides participants through a series of yoga poses to help patients stretch and relax.

A variety of workshops are offered to patients and caregivers in the beginning and end stages of treatment and weekly support groups are available for those patients with similar types of cancer to connect.

Participants are asked to give a $10 donation for most classes and groups. For more information, call (503) 391-4417.

Health workers course offered on West Coast for first time

Key to receiving and providing understandable healthcare, like most services in life, would seem to be effective communication. While health professionals may reel off polysyllabic words like lightning, disoriented elderly patients may struggle to communicate their needs.

Beginning this November, The Feil Method of validation will be taught for the first time on the west coast aimed at teaching health workers a more effective way of communicating with elderly patients.

Eugene’s Ridgeline Management is an assisted living provider hosting the Validation Worker Certification: The Feil Method. Validation is a practical way of working that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness. These workers are to be non-judgmental and open to feelings that are expressed. Jean Garboden, COO of Ridgeline Management, states the reasoning behind her support of this method.

“The differences we have seen using these techniques include diminished aggressive behaviors and a reduction of psychotropic medication use,” Garboden said.

Using this method, patients are shown to communicate more and are less likely to withdraw into further stages of disorientation.

The course will consist of five two day blocks with practical application homework that will conclude in July of 2009. Space is limited in both November sessions. For more information, call Amira Fahoum at (541) 686-1119.

Volunteers needed for Hospice program
Willamette Valley Hospice, who provide end-of-life care to patients in the area, seeks volunteers. In addition to caring directly for patients, the organization offers a variety of grief support groups for adults and children alike.

Volunteers help promote hospice education at community activities, special events, and in the office.  Teens, 12-16,  are welcome to help as well by providing office support or assisting with special events. Young volunteers over 16 can assist with patient care by reading, running errands or providing companionship. Volunteers can serve close to home and choose their own times to work.

Home to one the area’s only music therapy programs, Willamette Valley Hospice also offers occupational and massage therapy and information for Spanish speakers.

For more information call Brittney at (503) 588-3600.