LEWISTON – “Red Hot Papas: Is There Such a Thing as Male Menopause?” will be the topic of discussion at the Wednesday, March 14, meeting of Red Hot Mamas, a nationwide support group dedicated to menopause management education.

Dr. Edmund “Ned” Claxton Jr., medical director of the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, will be the speaker.

Claxton has directed CMMC’s Family Medicine Residency Program since 2001 and has played an active role in the education of more than 30 family physicians. Prior to joining the CMMC program, he was presented the CMMC Family Practice Residency Outstanding Teaching Award four times.

A graduate of Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in Cincinnati, Claxton worked in a private practice in Auburn for 22 years before taking the helm at the residency program.

He served on the CMMC board of directors for nearly a decade and serves on the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing board of trustees. He has long been active in policy and advocacy issues with Maine Medical Association. He was named Maine’s Family Practice “Doc of the Year” in 1987 by the Maine Academy of Family Practice.

Last year he was named to the first class of fellows of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. The Hanley Fellows Program was developed to facilitate the development of future healthcare leaders.

The Red Hot Mamas was founded in 1991 and has become the largest support group in the United States dedicated to menopause management education. The group provides medical information and peer support to women, men and family members dealing with the physical and psychological impact of menopause, which usually affects women age 40 and beyond. Its mission is to empower women to be educated healthcare consumers and actively manage their menopause.

All women, their partners and family members are welcome to participate in the Red Hot Mamas meeting, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the chairmen’s rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, located next to CMMC.

The Red Hot Mamas meet at CMMC on the second Wednesday of every other month.

For more information or to register for the March 14 presentation, call Dee Forgues at 795-2633 or visit www.cmmc.org/calendar.html. Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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