The AFCI has been busy for 3 years! Attached to this newsletter is the latestflyer with updates on our major programs: Transportation, Communications and Information, Exercise and Recreation, Home Safety, and Morning Greeting. How do you think we’re doing with these programs? We’d love to get your feedback and suggestions! And here’s your chance.
We have a simple 2-page evaluation tool at various sites in the communities (details to follow), and we invite your participation. Have you been a part of any of our programs? If not, did you know about the programs? Whatever the case, you can tell us what you think.
At the voting polls on Tuesday, June 12 – Bethel, Greenwood, Gilead, Hanover, Newry and Woodstock - look for our table with the stack of evaluation forms. Look for them in other sites over the summer. It’s easy to fill out and leave at the site, but if you can’t, you may mail it to the AFCI, c/o Bethel Town Office, PO Box 1660, Bethel, ME 04217. OR – complete it at home. You may connect to the evaluation through our website and complete it online (www.agefriendlybethel.org).
One of our programs, identified as the highest priority need in our 2015 survey, is the Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Volunteer Driver Program. Designed to meet the needs of seniors (age 60 and over) in the AFCI communities, it provides free local medical and non-medical rides. Call 207-824-4444 at least 3 days in advance of the ride. Rides are dependent on the availability of drivers.
Barbara Schneider (Maine Adaptive Sports and AFCI) and Al Cressy (AFCI) recently attended a conference in Augusta hosted by Maine Council on Aging, AARP Maine and MaineDOT. With a focus on coordinating community mobility solutions, participants addressed supporting, growing and integrating volunteer driver programs within the State.Three years ago Nancy Davis helped found the Age-Friendly Community Initiative and has since served as Vice Chair and Communications and Outreach Chairs. She is committed to community engagement and collaboration. Her goals for both digital and printed materials have been to be complete transparent in the AFCI’s work and to provide information about a variety of services and age-friendly activities in the communities and pertinent tips on issues related to health, safety, and well-being. Nancy and her husband Mac, both retired educators, have lived on Songo Pond for four decades. Music is a big part of their lives, and they both sing in the Oratorio Chorale in Brunswick, as well as the Bethel group that has sung Richard Blanco/Tom Davis works.
Remember that Meals on Wheels is there for those who qualify – no financial eligibility requirement; clients must be homebound and over 60 years old or disabled. FMI: SeniorsPlus (1-800-427-1241). Area Farmers Markets are here! Bethel’s is on Saturdays, 9am-1pm at 1 Parkway Rd., offering “a wide variety of meats, dairy, veggies, eggs, soaps, fiber, preserves, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and more!” The Greenwood Farmers' Market is every Friday, 4-6 p.m. at the Greenwood Town Hall on Rt. 26, Locke Mills. “We have a growing list of vendors supplying food, art, plants, you name it!”
The 28th Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference will be held Thursday/Friday, June 14-15 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Topics include Improving Patient Activation, Isolation, Asking for Help, End of Life, Age-Friendly Cities, Aging in Place, LGBT Aging, and making our own Herbal Tinctures. To register:https://www.regonline.com/registration/login.aspx?eventID=2152838&MethodId=0&EventsessionId. And FMI:[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
From the Community Calendar, Tuesday the 12th: Supper/Dance at the American Legion; Wednesday the 13th: Bethel Senior Citizens Club; Friday the 15th: Fish Fry Friday, Andover Summer Concert Series; Saturday the 16th: Texas Hold ‘Em, Berry Bowls, Woodstock Alumni Meeting; Wednesday the 20th: Try the Potter’s Wheel; Thursday the 21st:Breau’s Too Cruise Night.
The Bethel Family Health Center supports this link to family hikes rated age-friendly and easy to moderate. http://www.healthreachchc.org/Bethel/Default_hike.aspx
You may tap into AARP’s webinar series on helping family caregivers at:
https://onlinexperiences.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:APIUTILS!51004&PageID=74C02567-89C0-446C-BE28-73C79E49B77E&AffiliateData=Eletter&cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-WBLTR-CAREGIVING--Senator Susan Collins gives high priority to issues facing Maine seniors. These websites give updates on her efforts around issues like fraud, the effects of the opioid crisis on seniors, and increasing the number of geriatric health professionals.
More tips on caring for Mom in a nursing home(https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/What-are-the-best-ways-to-celebrate-mother-s-day-when-you-are/m-p/1998948?): “Make her a scrapbook or other memorabilia made from photos - a mug, pillow, quilt etc. Read to her - poetry, a novel - whatever she likes … Take her shopping or bring her a surprise. You might ask if she needs anything or if there is anything that she doesn't need but that she would like - a soft blanket or pillow, a new bed jacket, pay to get her hair done, a massage ... Visit her - take time to visit her in her space and not be in a hurry, just relax, spend time, listen - that is the greatest gift of all - the gift of your time. If your mom is living in a facility, ask if they will have any special activities and try to be there so she won't feel left out.”
We’ve had some glorious weather lately (and some not so much), and many of us will be enjoying it all summer (when we’re not swatting flies or mosquitoes!). For those traveling farther afield, AARP advises how to “Know Your Rights as an Airline Passenger” (https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/transportation/info-2018/flight-delay-compensation-fd.html?). The AFCI always needs help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, email@example.com; our website, www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page,@agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
Phil Sheridan is a founding member of our AFCI Transportation task force and a dedicated volunteer driver. He and his wife Chris relocated to the Bethel area three years ago to be closer to family. They find life in Newry to be quieter, with a slower pace than Mansfield, MA, their previous home. Retired from a career in food service distribution, Phil was eager to contribute that experience to our Rides program. In that capacity, he particularly values meeting new people and helping out in a small way. Phil enjoys skiing and outdoor activities with his two grandsons.
You probably know Al Cressy – or at least have seen him frequently in the local news as the Chair of our AFCI and of the AFCI Transportation Task Force. Al and his wife, Jackie, were the spirit behind the 2015 conversations around our community’s service to its older adult population and particularly their ability to remain in their homes and community as long as possible. The couple moved to Bethel 20 years ago and ran the Rivendell House B&B in Bethel until 5 years ago. Al’s previous career as a systems engineer and program manager developed valuable skills of great benefit to the AFCI. He is serving, or has served, on practically every organization in Bethel: the town‘s Planning Board, Comprehensive Plan Committee, Appeals Board, and Budget Committee. Additionally, he has held volunteer positions in the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Chatham Trails Association, the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Bethel Historical Society. The community is lucky to have such an ardent advocate for age-friendly interests!
At the recent story-telling event at the Gem Theater, Ann Nicholson eloquently told of “learning to be a good blind person” as an adult. Last week’s Bethel Citizen told of her involvement with the AFCI Morning Greeting Program. Ann moved to Bethel with her husband, Tom Davis, in 2012, from a very different city environment. In the years since, she has come to love this very special home. She views the Morning Greeting program as a wonderful way to not just check on people who may benefit, but also to reduce feelings of loneliness. Ann describes her Morning Greeting experience as “lovely” and in keeping with her perception of Bethel as not just a community, but a family. Know of someone in our community who may appreciate a daily check-in call? Contact Brooks Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-824-2679).
Have you “played with” the AFCI Adaptive toolkit? This is a display of tools for home use, including kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity. Many of the tools are for sale at Brooks Bros. Hardware, and a take-home catalog notes other retailers where they may be purchased. The toolkit is on display at the Bethel Library until June 6. You may visit during regular library hours: Monday 9-1 pm, Tuesday 1-5 pm, Wednesday 1-8 pm, Thursday 1-5 pm, Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday 9-1 pm.
By the way, know an easy way to find information like library hours? It’s in the AFCI Resource Directory. You can find the directory on our website (www.agefriendlybethel.org) or you may contact us to receive a pdf file (email: email@example.com).
FOR THE ALMOST-RETIRED: The AFCI is for you, too. Are you beginning to think about the years ahead of you – perhaps many of them – and how your life might change? You may have some questions or ideas to test out. You may have observed your neighbors and friends who either have or have not figured out ways to live a different but very rich life. We will begin to feature some of those ideas. Want to suggest questions? Send them along (contact information below).
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention will continue on an informal basis July 10-August 28 - every Tuesday 9-10am at the Maine Adaptive Sports building at Sunday River. It is a drop-in class, and you are welcome to come whether you have taken a class previously or not. This will be a great opportunity to see if Tai Chi will be helpful for you. Free – led by Karen Reilly and Jackie Cressy, certified Tai Chi Sun style instructors.
A wonderful outdoor recreation opportunity: the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s Valentine Farm Trail is a 1.2 mile universally accessible loop with a crushed gravel surface. Meandering through woods and alongside fields offering views of the Androscoggin River, it is perfect for people of all ages and abilities.
The Mahoosuc Land Trust offers a wide variety of interesting presentations and activities; for their summer and fall “Outdoor Opportunities” schedule: https://mahoosuc.org/summer-group-walking- and-hiking-opportunities. You may want to join the Weekly Walking Group: “Our conversational pace walking group will meet every Tuesday night (see weekly schedule) at 5:30 pm and provide a friendly volunteer guide.” See the website for more details or call 824-3806.
Remember the wonderful local resource we have in the Workout 24-7 gym on the Bethel Parkway. Seniors – and there are many of us – can join for $25 per month or $100 per year – such a deal!
From the Community Calendar, Friday, May 18th: Greenwood Farmers’ Market; Saturday the 19th: Bird Walk at Valentine Farm; Monday the 21st: Create a Pollinator Garden; Thursday the 24th: Low Commotion.
More from AARP on phone fraud and how to avoid such scams: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/no-talk-phone-scams.html? Some new fraud techniques: a phonecall appearing to be from your land- or cell-phone exchange; a call from your own
telephone number; the “one-ring rip-off,” which entices you to return the call; be aware especially of these exchanges: 268, 664 and 876.
AARP has a new podcast series on how to avoid popular scams like the grandparent scam. To access the podcasts: https://www.aarp.org/podcasts/the-perfect-scam.html?
We hope Mothers’ Day was enjoyable and meaningful to you – perhaps it opened up precious memories. A recent AARP article suggested the “best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day when you are care-giving or mom's in a nursing home” (https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/What-are-the- best-ways-to-celebrate-mother-s-day-when-you-are/m-p/1998948?). The ideas are certainly good reminders for any time: “Think about her quality of life - what fills her tank the most? What is most meaningful to her? ... Take her out - any kind of an outing can be uplifting. Whether it's out for a meal (be sure she can handle the logistics and not tire too easily), a movie, a ball game, a walk, a garden or a cup of coffee, an outing is a memory-maker... Get her some of her favorite movies on DVD, and watch them with her. Something that makes her laugh is always good, or something that she can sing along to!” Watch for more tips to follow.
Contact the AFCI: by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; our website, www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
Now showing at WMSC, Telstar:
The AFCI Adaptive Toolkit
(fascinating aids for everyday tasks – and catalogs with purchase information)
Stop in Room 133 after a class or come for an AFCI chat on
Tuesday, April 10, 12:15-2:00
The AFCI exists because of the passion of a small group of people in 2015 - people like Kay
Rector, who feels that “’aging in place,’ in a culture where inter-generational living in the
same household is
the norm, takes a concerted effort to make happen.” A Bethel
resident for most of the past four decades, Kay has helped the AFCI in a variety of ways,
including as Transportation Coordinator for the AFCI during its start-up year. She now
serves as Chair of the task force that is developing a Morning Greeting Program, matching
volunteer callers with people who wish to receive a check-in each morning. It is hoped
this program will help to lessen isolation, promote safety, and encourage new
There’s lots of energy in the AFCI task forces, and recently we honored them with a special event. One of our valued contributors is Bob Oickle, who serves on the Exercise and Recreation Task Force. Bob and his wife Marilyn moved to Greenwood 21⁄2 years ago, looking for an old house to preserve and attracted to the natural beauty of the area and its outdoor recreation opportunities. Bob had a long history with the YMCA – as CEO in Connecticut and, since retirement, interim CEO in Maine, and his personal interest in physical activities and helping others reach their health goals makes him a perfect fit for this task force! Join Bob on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to walk the gym at Gould.
Another of our valuable AFCI volunteers: Barbara Schneider became involved with the AFCI through its Transportation Task Force because she recognizes the need for seniors and people with disabilities to have better access to transportation options in Western Maine. Barbara now serves on the AFCI Council and brings her experience in the non- profit sector to the group. A former attorney in Portland and an outdoor sports
enthusiast, Barbara is now the Executive Director of Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, which offers year-round adaptive sports and recreational programming for people with disabilities.
And in this slow-moving spring, I wonder if Nurrie Caviness is sorry she moved to Bethel to escape the heat of Florida. In the “very snowy” (her words) two years since, she has become involved in our community in a variety of ways, including learning to snowshoe. The AFCI Communications task force and the Outreach task force benefit from Nurrie’s fresh perspective from her two decades of working with nonprofits and their research for funding. Program Chair of the Western Mountains Senior College and a volunteer for the Mahoosuc Land Trust, Nurrie says that “Working with the greater-than-50 crowd is stimulating and educational and has introduced me to loads of very nice new neighbors. Her work with AFCI and other organizations is a reminder that there are many meaningful ways to contribute to our community. If you need suggestions, contact your favorite organization or the AFCI.
So many opportunities for activities in our area – learning, social, recreational, and volunteer. An extremely valuable partner in the community is the Western Mountains Senior College. AFCI is really pleased with one of its newest initiatives, discussed a few months ago when two AFCI volunteers visited the Bethel House (on Main St.) with the Adaptive Toolkit. Karen Mills, a member of the WMSC Program Committee and instructor, was there; since then she has been making regular monthly visits, taking a crafts project for Bethel House residents to do together. One of those participants, Rhonda Mitchell, says that this offers residents a wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat, laugh, and share memories and that “we all love Karen.“ Karen expresses the same affection for her new friends and is grateful for the many donations of crafts materials from WMSC members and others.
Note that on Monday, April 11, there will be a free presentation by Valerie Cole (SeniorsPlus): “Helping Parents as they Age” - health and safety issues, challenges, best options for providing support. (details in the Community Calendar and FMI: Adult Ed, 824-2136, ext. 1340).
Also from the Community Calendar, Tuesday, April 10-May 15: Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities; Thursday, April 12: “Finding Newfoundland”; “Distressed about Stress” from WMSC To Your Health; “Stories of Kindness in Bethel” from the Mahoosuc Heart & Soul Program; Friday, April 13: “Oh, My Stars!”
Help on Taxes for low- to moderate-income filers, especially those 50 and older: the AARP Foundations Tax-Aide Program. The nearest office is the Norway Memorial Library. FMI: aarpfoundation.org/taxaide, 888-227-7669.
A recent AARP bulletin suggests “The 7 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Heart” (https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2018/heart-attack-stroke-prevention- tips.html?). They are: “You sneak a smoke... you skip your walk ... you snarf an extra cookie ... you eat dinner out of a box... you shun your veggies ... you lose your cool ... you overdrink.”
Did you know about these two new security measures against identity theft? The government has begun issuing new Medicare cards with Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) instead of Social Security numbers, FMI: https://www.aarp.org/health/medicare- insurance/info-2017/new-medicare-id-cards.html? Also new: three major credit cards will not require signatures to transact purchases. Using the imbedded chip as more reliable identification, the elimination of signatures will improve security. FMI: the March edition of the AARP publication.
“With headlines trumpeting the rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease diagnoses ... it’s easy to get that distressing feeling that a misplaced coffee cup or forgotten dry cleaning might mean that you (or a loved one) are sliding inevitably toward an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. But ... while the disease is the most common cause of dementia, or cognitive impairment, late in life, it’s not the only one.“ That is from a recent article from AARP, which offers several other possibilities, including medications, depression, or alcohol abuse. FMI: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2017/conditions-mistaken-for-alzheimers- disease.html?
(https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2018/healthy-aging-tips-advice.html?) AARP suggests how to be “Healthier and Fitter at 60+. The secret: tweaking a few daily habits.” I might skip giving my face an ice bath to start the morning, but other tips include loading protein into breakfast, taking fitness breaks (or at least standing) every few hours of sitting work, and “Instead of replaying bad memories, bring the good stuff into focus. We can train our brains to emphasize positive memories.” “Beef up your brain” by not vegging out after dinner in front of the TV, but stretching your brain with something like knitting, woodworking or puzzles. But the best news: eat dark chocolate, which helps lower blood pressure, choose healthy fats like olive oil and avocadoes.
The AFCI always needs help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, email@example.com; our website, www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
February 28, 2018
The AFCI provides several programs of service to people over 60 years old in our 6-town community – all free of charge. You may have a loved one or a friend who would benefit from one or more of these services; please refer them to the appropriate program. You may also want to assure that the service is there for you yourself at some point in the future. We always need volunteers! You may contact AFCI by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or from our website: www.agefriendlybethel.org. Or contact the person noted below.
For transportation: 824-4444. Rides to local commitments and events - often for a medical appointment, but also for something as simple as a class, shopping or socializing. Rides are dependent on the availability of drivers. Want to be a volunteer driver? FMI: Al Cressy (email@example.com. 824-0508).
The Morning Greeting program provides a daily phone-call service to someone in need. To refer someone to this service OR to volunteer to be a caller: Brooks Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-381-5991) or Kay Rector (email@example.com, 207-824-3333).
Recreational activities: AFCI Walk the Gym Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00, Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30. FMI: Jackie Cressy (824-0508) or Bob Oickle (576-5104).
For Social and learning opportunities, check the Gem Theater, the Western Mountains Senior College, and the Bethel Citizen’s Community Calendar.
The second of the Gem Theater’s science film series will be on March 2. A pre-film lecture by Dr. Henning Haack from the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum - Meteorites and the Origin of the Solar System – will be followed by the screening of The Martian. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org or Wade Kavanaugh at email@example.com.
From the Community Calendar - Wednesday February 28th: “Natural Solutions for Wellness,” “My Loved One has Dementia,” Greek Night cooking; Wednesday, March 7: Growing and Arranging Flowers; Thursday the 8th: Soups, Stews and Chowders demonstration.
The AFCI is proud of the programs we’ve been able to put in place to help our community’s aging population. It takes many volunteers to make these projects happen, and we are grateful to all those who perform a number of AFCI functions. Jane and Jim Chandler have been an integral part of the Woodstock community for 42 years. They have both been supporters of the AFCI since its inception, and Jane is the Woodstock representative to the AFCI Council and serves as the Council’s secretary. Contributing her skills from employment at the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Jane also serves on the Communications and Outreach task forces and manages the adaptive toolkit the AFCI purchased through an AARP Community Challenge grant.
“Who are the community members volunteering for the AFCI?” you may wonder. Rosabelle Tifft, who was part of the original Bethel Area Age-Friendly Community Project almost 3 years ago, has contributed a valuable service to our community through her 15-year leadership of the To Your Health program, a public offering of the Western Mountains Senior College. In spring 2015 Rosabelle‘s planning team, with the help of Jackie Cressy, formulated a presentation featuring Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal. Shortly thereafter Rosabelle and Jackie presented a second public discussion based on their participation in a meeting that introduced the AARP’s Age-Friendly Community work.
The AFCI has developed our Advisory Council to include a diverse group of people with valuable skill sets and unique perspectives. One such member is Valerie Cole, who is an Elder Services Specialist with SeniorsPlus, Oxford County’s Area Agency on Aging. How lucky we are for her help in understanding the myriad of services available in our community and the opportunity to promote those services! In SeniorsPlus and on the AFCI Council, Valerie fights for the right of individuals to age in place within their own communities.
One of the newest AFCI Council members is Charlie Reiss, owner since 1996 of Bethel Kitchen Designs on Main St., Bethel. Not yet retired and jealous of his available time, Charlie had to be convinced that his 25-year career as a local contractor would lend a unique set of skills to our AFCI work. His experience will prove valuable as he leads a task force on Home Repair. Already, he and local Occupational Therapist Brie Wiesman have spearheaded an important component of our AARP-grant- funded Home Safety project. Soon Charlie will begin some home safety improvements as identified in Brie’s 12 home assessments that were grant-funded.
Do you get frustrated with your smart phone or tablet? Would you like to use more of the features? Telstar students volunteer every Tuesday for FREE Drop-In Tech Help - 2:30-4:30pm in the Adult Ed Office. FMI: 824-2136 ext. 1340.
Two articles caught our eye recently in the Western Maine Foothills publication (https://www.turnerpublishing.net/pdf/WMF.pdf). Community Concepts has received significant funding to expand the capacity of its Central Heating Improvement Program, which provides state- funded grants to repair or replace central heating systems for low-income households. FMI:www.community-concepts.org.
Also, SeniorsPlus is now accepting referrals for Meals on Wheels. See the newspaper for a helpful description of the values this program offers to eligible seniors; FMI: 800-427-1241.
In recent weeks the AFCI Council has enjoyed visits and substantive conversations with both state and federal legislators or aides. A small group met over coffee recently with Maine Representative Fran Head, who is a long-time supporter of the AFCI. Carlene Tremblay, State Office Representative for U.S. Senator Susan Collins, and Ben Tucker, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Angus King, traveled to be with us; our discussion was wide-ranging and informative, elaborating on the Senators’ interests and initiatives and noting valuable resources for AFCI efforts.
Maine’s Senator Susan Collins chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Attached to this email is the recent newsletter from the committee.
We were reminded recently that the Bethel Family Health Center has a lending closet for mobility aids that are needed on a short-term basis – such as wheelchairs and walkers.
Pen Pals for Seniors is an interesting program that seeks to create “communities free of senior isolation and loneliness.” FMI: https://www.penpalsforseniors.org/aboutus.
From AARP: beware of impostors who, in the guise of being from a government agency, call to inform people they have won a huge sweepstakes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, (http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/impostor-scams-sweepstakes-fd.html?)
From a recent comic strip: Dennis the Menace comments to his mother’s guest (“of a certain age”): “Mom says you’re ‘elderly.’ That’s just a NICE way of sayin’ ‘old.’” Cute and funny – but what do you think? What is the best way to refer to my age group: ‘seniors’ ... ‘elderly’ ... ‘old’ ... ‘mature adults’? Let us know your opinion.
The AFCI always needs help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; our website, www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
January 23, 2018
Happy New Year from the Bethel Area Age-Friendly Community Initiative! We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish since June 2015, but we know there’s lots more we could put into place to make life safer and more interesting for the eldest segment of the community. There are ideas for projects just waiting for the right people to help us implement them. Maybe you have ideas too! If so, let us know through the contact information below.
Have you gone to the AFCI website recently? www.agefriendlybethel.org. Our Resource Directory is on the site; other new items include the AFCI 2017 Annual Report and the most recent information on our projects and programs.
A sincere thank-you to those who have generously donated to support our volunteer driver transportation program. We welcome donations to our general AFCI program or, if you wish, to a specific program. Donations may be sent to “Town of Bethel, ATTN: AFCI, PO Box 1660, Bethel, ME 04217."
The AFCI Winter Walk the Gym program is a great way to fend off this very changeable winter weather! You may join them every Tuesday, 1:30-3:00, Wednesday, 10:00-11:00, and Thursday, 1:30- 2:30.
Here’s another winter opportunity: many people associate Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation with alpine skiing at Sunday River, but did you know that Maine Adaptive also sponsors an adaptive Nordic skiing and snowshoeing program for people of all ages with disabilities? With trained volunteer guides, the skiing and snowshoe group meets on Friday mornings and explores a variety of trails in the Bethel area. It’s free, and no equipment is necessary! FMI: infomaineadaptive.org or 207 824-2440.
Through the AFCI Morning Greeting Program a Senior living alone can receive a call each day from a “neighbor” to check in on their well-being, thereby lessening isolation, promoting safety, and encouraging new friendships. FMI: Brooks Morton (email@example.com, 207-381-5991) or Kay Rector (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-824-3333).
Bethel Rescue has plastic sand buckets that can be picked up for free at the Rescue barn on Walkers Mills Road. In the bucket are several “goodies” that should prove useful: a refrigerator
magnet with “Warning Signs of a Stroke,” a refrigerator note with Emergency Contacts and Medical Data that would be useful to rescue personnel responding to an emergency call, an easy-to-use reference card showing the signs and symptoms for heart attacks and strokes. Once you have your bucket, go fetch your free sand that is available for Bethel residents at a sand kiosk located on the left-hand side of the road just beyond the Maine Energy Systems building on 9 Airport Road at the Airport.
The District Exchange (Mason St., Bethel) needs help. Maryvonne Wheeler has been involved in the exchange since its inception 25 years ago, and as manager for 15 years. Many people help keep it going. Would you like to be one? Volunteers occasionally are unable to keep their 2-hour commitment at the last minute, and Maryvonne would love to have a few names of substitutes. You would cover the shop from 3:00-5:00 on a Thursday afternoon; someone at the Exchange would assist you. If you’d like to be on her stand-by list, you may call her at 836-2330 or 890-4214.
The AFCI Advisory Council enjoyed a recent visit from Maine State Senator Lisa Kiem. It was a good opportunity to let the Senator know about the work we are doing in our six communities, as well as to learn what legislative issues she thinks might impact our work in the future.
On January 24, an information session on dementia will be offered at Telstar - free, but registration is required. FMI: SAD 44 Adult Ed. (824-2136-3141) or WMSC bloghttp://wmscollege.blogspot.com/).
Also: Sunday, January 28: Richard Blanco at the W. Paris Unitarian Universalist Church; Tuesday, January 30: Heart & Soul Newcomers’ Night; Wednesday, January 31: Community Supper; Snowshoe Under the Light of the Super Moon; Thursday, February 1: Woodstock-Greenwood Senior Citizens Meeting.
The Maine Council on Aging is sponsoring a week-long free online class on care-giving. Details are at http://awbcaregiving.com/caregivers. If you are taking time out of your life to care for someone you love, you probably already know that care-giving can leave you feeling overwhelmed, burned out, stressed, and depressed. Consider the information, advocacy, self- care and inspiration that this class will provide.
You probably have ideas on how you want to be cared for at the end of life or when you can no longer communicate or make decisions for yourself. You may already have completed a health care advance directive, which includes a living will and health care power of attorney. In it you have listed your preferences for end- of-life care, such as whether you want a machine to breathe for you or simply relief from pain. Even naming someone close to you as a health care agent to convey your wishes may not be enough.
Make sure that your loved ones and doctors fully understand your wishes, regularly review and update your directive, and make the directive easily accessible. If you have not already begun this process, you may get help through your healthcare provider or these websites: www.caringinfo.org or https://mainehealth.org/services/hospital-medicine/advance- directive
The latest AARP bulletin features “Guard Your Memory: New research reveals what works and what doesn’t.” Item 2 suggests that, contrary to common belief, “puzzles and games may help your brainpower – but only when it comes to doing puzzles and games. (Instead – or in addition) Researchers recommend ‘cognitively stimulating activities,’ meaning anything that engages your brain and helps it do new things.” Item 3 notes the most recent research into the effect of aluminum on the development of Alzheimers Disease: we do not need to worry about the miniscule amounts in antiperspirants and cookware.
Perhaps you’re one whose brain already is benefiting from stimulating activity. AARP asks: Do you have a special hobby or lifetime pursuit that means the world to you? Tell us what it is and what makes you so passionate about it in the Online Community.
AARP offers useful information on controlling an overactive bladder, beginning with the simplest: take note of what you drink, change your diet, manage your medications. For more:
Imagine that! Betty White just turned 96. She says the secret to her longevity is vodka and hotdogs – in that order. In addition, though, she says "I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It's such a waste of time."
The AFCI always needs help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, email@example.com; our website,www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
December 19, 2017
As the year draws to a close, I’m thankful to be living in this fantastic community and in a state that focuses energy and resources on helping seniors thrive. A recent Maine Calling segment on Maine Public Radio highlighted communities and programs in the state, with a reminder that we are the oldest state in the country. Maine has the most AARP Age-Friendly Communities in the national network, and amongst those 42 Communities, the AFCI was noted as outstanding.
Al Cressy, along with 11 other Maine community volunteers, AARP Maine staff, and 400 others from around the country, attended AARP’s annual Livable Communities Conference in Dallas last month. Al presented a talk on the Bethel area Volunteer Driver Program in the session “The Age-Friendly Journey; From Assessment to Implementation.” Kudos to Al, the task force, and our AFCI program!
The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Driver Program offers free local medical and non-medical rides to seniors 60 and over who live in Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Newry or Woodstock. Please note that requests for all rides, medical and non-medical, should be made at least three days in advance of the rides. For a medical ride, the ride request should be made as soon as possible once the appointment has been made. As always, ride requests are filled pending the availability of our AFCI-certified volunteer drivers. If you need a ride, call our Age-Friendly Transportation Coordinator at 824-4444.
Our transportation program has become a model for other communities. How lucky we are! The number of rides we can provide, however, depends completely on the availability of volunteer drivers. If you’re interested in becoming a driver, please contact Al Cressy at 824-0508. Remember that drivers have complete flexibility in how many ride commitments they wish to make.
Look for the AFCI Resource Directory displayed for referencing in the six communities. If you wish to have your own copy, you may go to our website - or contact us, and we’ll email you a digital copy. The directory contains information on a wide variety of local and statewide services. Categories are: Churches, Clothing/Thrift Shops, Education, Elder Services, Financial Assistance, Food, Fuel Assistance, Health Services, Legal Services, Libraries, Pet Services, Recreation and Fitness, Social Opportunities, Support Groups, Town Offices, and Transportation.
It appears that winter will be with us for a while. If you’re looking for exercise, here are some ideas. For snowshoeing or hiking on a handicap accessible trail, the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s 11⁄2 mile trail is nice. The 24-7 gym on Bethel Parkway has lots of equipment of all levels. Senior memberships are $10 per month, $25 for 3 months or $100 per year.
And there’s the AFCI “Walk the Gym” program Tuesdays 1:30-3:00, Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30. No registration is required, and the program is free and open to anyone age 60 and over. Emphasizing the improvement of balance, strength and flexibility, activities include walking at your own pace, optional tai chi and qi gong practice, and “Matters of Balance” exercises.
As part of the AARP Community Challenge grant awarded to AFCI, our adaptive toolkitand accompanying brochure will be loaned out to other Maine communities. This project began recently with a presentation to the Readfield Age-Friendly Committee. The 20 people at their monthly Senior Café were very interested in the tools and Al Cressy’s and Jane Chandler’s presentation. The Toolkit will stay with Readfield for a month, as they work with the tools and share it with more people.
The latest AARP bulletin features “Guard Your Memory: New research reveals what works and what doesn’t.” Item 1 is physical activity, which has been found to be “the best tool we have against cognitive impairment and dementia... Aim to be as active as you can in daily life; that means small actions such as sitting less and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.”
Recently AARP offered tips for unique gifts for grandchildren:https://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/info-2017/grandchild-gift-ideas-fd.html.
From the AARP Bookstore: For My Grandchild: A Grandparent’s Gift of Memory.https://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/bookstore/home-family-caregiving/info-2016/grandmother-grandchild-memories.html
As for me, the older I get, the more I realize how important it is to capture memories. Most of us keep and share photos, but what about stories? No matter how hum-drum you feel your life has been (and I certainly did!), your memories will be important to your kids, your grandkids, and those to come. My son is interviewing me with questions he’s curious about and transferring it to writing. Today’s smart-phones make it easy to record. It’s a special experience for the two of us and will be rewarding in the sharing of the final product. It’s not too late to make it a Christmas present: the promise of future interview sessions.
Anticipating the inevitable holiday culinary temptations, I was interested in AARP’s tips on “How to Halve Your Sugar – and Eat it Too: 10 easy ways to reduce your sweets but keep your treats.” (https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/how-to-halve-your-sugar-and-eat-it- too.html)
We hear a lot about security scams these days, and they are real! AARP offers many useful tips and strategies on this topic. At www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/protect-social-security- number.html?) suggestions for protecting your social security numberinclude: Leave it Home ... When Asked, Don't Tell ... Guard the Final Four.
Freeze ‘em Out. If you place a security freeze on your file at the big three credit rating agencies, ID thieves who have your number can’t get loans in your name, because lenders can’t do the required credit check. To place a freeze, you need to contact each of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax (equifax.com; 800-349-9960), Experian (experian.com; 888-397-3742) and TransUnion (transunion.com; 888-909-8872). Freezes can be “thawed” as needed, such as when you are switching insurance providers.
AARP reviews these current movies: Call Me by your Name, Darkest Hour, Wonder, Mudbound, Murder on the Orient Express, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Last Flag Flying, LBJ, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Novitiate, Suburbicon, Wonderstruck, Only the Brave, The Florida Project, The Meyerowitz Stories, Blade Runner 2049.(www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info- 2017/weekend-review-fd.html?)
And their “9 Top Holiday Oscar Movies”: Darkest Hour, Lady Bird, Coco, The Shape of Water, Tonya, Star Wars: the Last Jedi, Downsizing, the Post, Molly’s Game.(https://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-2017/best-holiday-oscar-movie- picks.html)
AAA senior driver adjustments for safety: http://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/11/90-percent-senior- drivers-dont-make-vehicle-adjustments-can-improve-safety/
Information from AARP on Alzheimers and glucose levels:https://www.aarp.org/health/brain- health/info-2017/alzheimers-glucose-levels-fd.html?
The application for the new national Veterans Identification Card is now available online, making it easier for former members of the military to take advantage of discounts and other benefits: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2017/new-veterans-photo-id-card-fd.html?
For a summary of the year’s AFCI activities, read the attached document, the AFCI 2017 annual report. We always need help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; our website, www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
November 10, 2017
The AFCI is pleased to welcome the sixth local town to the Age-Friendly Community movement. Welcome, Hanover! With its new representative to the Council, the current AFCI Council members are: Al Cressy, Chair (Bethel rep), Nancy Davis, Vice Chair; Jane Chandler, Secretary (Woodstock rep); Peter Musso, Jr.,Treasurer (Greenwood rep); Anita Clark (Newry rep); Lise McLain (Gilead rep); Shirley Powell (Hanover rep); Valerie Cole; Charlie Reiss; Barbara Schneider; and Maryvonne Wheeler. What a diverse, talented crew!
We’re always fine-tuning how we keep in touch with you and have recently decided not to continue the print copy of our monthly newsletter (that’s the brightly colored tri-fold pieces). We suspect that folks are more likely to keep in touch through the Bethel Citizenor this digital newsletter. If you know someone who’s not on our email list and would like to receive the monthly electronic newsletter, please contact us (information below).
There will still be display racks in public places; instead of the colored newsletters, they will contain two other items which will not change frequently: a teal blue 5x8 inch flyer with AFCI updates and a 3x6 inch laminated rack card/bookmark. Soon we will be distributing our print Resource Directories around the communities. Unfortunately, they are not for general distribution, just for reference in public places (which we’ll publicize as we get them out to the sites). The directory has been on our website for some time now. *The AFCI Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Driver Program is now offering free local medical and non-medical rides to seniors 60 and over who live in Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Newry or Woodstock. Medical rides must be requested at least seven business days in advance, and non-medical rides at least three. Ride requests are filled pending the availability of our AFCI-certified volunteer drivers. If you need a ride, call our Age-Friendly Transportation Coordinator at 824-4444. We are looking for more volunteer drivers, particularly those living in Gilead and Woodstock, to join our initial group of 13 drivers for local, non-medical rides. If interested, please contact Al Cressy at 824-0508.
The initial period of our AARP Community Challenge grant is about to wind down, but most activities will continue. A core feature of the 3-pronged Home Safety Program is a comprehensive set of adaptive tools to aid with everyday tasks. These have been on display in a variety of community venues, and there will be many more opportunities for citizens to “play with” the tools. Printed brochures contain details on purchasing individual tools.
A second feature of the project has been the Home Assessment program, designed to bring consultant services to home-owners in our original five towns, assessing both the resident’s strength, flexibility and general fitness, and any safety risk factors within the home. Ten assessments have been scheduled and funded, and we have just allocated money to conduct two more for residents in Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Newry and Woodstock. These assessments are performed by a State-licensed Occupational Therapist. To apply, contact Occupational Therapist Brie Weisman at 364-7056.
Another feature of the Challenge Grant: watch for more information on free home smoke detectors provided by the Red Cross through local fire departments.
Under the sponsorship of the AFCI, Gould Academy, and the Bethel Recreation Committee, the “Walk the Gym” program has begun for the winter season. No registration is required, and the program is free and open to anyone age 60 and over. Emphasizing the improvement of balance, strength and flexibility, activities include walking at your own pace, optional tai chi and qi gong practice, and “Matters of Balance” exercises. Come to Gould’s Bingham Gym any of these times: Tuesdays 1:30-3:00, Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am, Thursday s, 1:30-2:30.
The Western Mountains Senior College is sponsoring a Shared Heritage Potluck on Tuesday, November 14, 12:15-1:30 at the Moses Mason House in Bethel (see details in the November 9th Bethel Citizen).
WMSC also presents the Senior College Players’ annual performance – Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, 7:00 pm at the Gould Academy Trustees’ Auditorium.
The Methodist Church (Main Street, Bethel) is offering a series of Healthy Eating Classes the second Tuesday of every month. The first one, on fruits and vegetables, is Tuesday, November 14, 11:00am-1:00 at the church on Main St., Bethel. Free and open to the public. FMI: 824-2328.
Upcoming events, as noted in the Bethel Citizen’s Community Calendar: W.P. Congregational Church Open Mic, Veterans Day Celebration, Winter Farmers’ Market, Turkey Supper, The Gem Theater, Special Bethel Town Meeting.
Recently the NPR show “On Being” held a fascinating extensive interview with Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal.” www.onbeing.org/programs/atul-gawande-what-matters-in-the-end-oct2017.
We always need help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, email@example.com; our website,www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
* But wait – your very own copy! Attached is a pdf file of the Resource Directory. Feel free to use it as you wish.
October 5, 2017
The AFCI is always trying to improve our communications and interactions with the community. We are aware that a sizable portion of our audience is not comfortable with digital communication. We welcome any suggestions from you, our digital audience. And – please – if you have family members, neighbors or friends who are not receiving emails or can’t access our website, pass along any information you feel they might benefit from.
Attached are two flyers you might pass along. One announces a new AARP-grant-related program we’re offering for FREE home safety assessments. The other is a simple update on current AFCI programs.
The AFCI is making news. I was recently a panelist at two different state-wide conferences in Augusta, sharing our progress in the five community initiative serving Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock. In a few weeks, Allen Cressy will be a presenter at the national AARP Livable Communities conference in Dallas.
In a nationwide competitive Challenge Grant sponsored by AARP national, our initiative was awarded a sizeable grant which has permitted us to begin work on the AFCI Home Safety Program. The Congo Craftsmen have made wooden display racks, and we have begun a traveling exhibit of the wide variety of adaptive tools. Our local visits allow us valuable conversations with members of the public. In addition to an exhibit and conversation at the Whitman Memorial Library, we have visited the Bethel Senior Citizens luncheon, the Bethel House, and the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend; we also have plans for the Aging Well Living Well Expo on October 6 and the Community Supper on October 25. We are eager to meet with other groups; contact us if you’re interested.
The AFCI now offers two rides programs, free for over-60 residents of Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Newry, and Woodstock. Call Transportation Coordinator Kay Rector (207-824-2444) for rides to medical destinations through the Community Concepts/VDP (Volunteer Driver Program). Call the same number for non-medical destinations within the 5 communities, through the new AFCI N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) program, which has just begun.Recently I watched Atul Gawande on TV – what an inspiring person! You may remember that it was his book “Being Mortal” that inspired our AFCI endeavor almost three years ago. That book – as well as many other age-related books specially selected by AARP – is in a collection and available to check out at theBethel Library.
Did you know that the AFCI has an exhibit of brochures from local service agencies? It is now at Bennett’s Auto Shop and in the future will continue moving around our communities.
Friday, October 6 is the tenth annual Aging Well Living Well Expo sponsored by Seniors Plus – 8:15 am-4:00 pm at Sunday River. The AFCI will be there with our Adaptive Toolkit. And Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th, is the Fall Festival at Sunday River. On Saturday the 7th: the Woodstock-Greenwood Parade of Lights and the Celebration of Fall in Hanover. Tuesday, October 10: Harvest Dinner Dance; Wednesday, October 11, Senior Citizens Club Meeting; Thursday, October 12, “Be Safe in Your Room,” a To Your Health program of the Western Mountains Senior College.
The Mahoosuc Heart & Soul program is still gathering stories from community residents; let them know why you live here, what you value about your community, and what, if anything, you’d like changed. FMI and to either be interviewed or volunteer as an interviewer or story-listener, contact Cat Ingraham (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-590-0541).
AARP says that “We love caregivers, and we want to put them in the spotlight. So if you have a family caregiving story, tell us about it!” And AARP promises to “give you a $50 gift card as a thank-you — because your story matters.” Find out more at https://act.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers/?cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-RSS-CAREGIVING-CGINCENT-CTRL-073117-P7-
The Ken Burns 10-part series on the Viet Nam War was recently aired on Maine Public Television. You may access the programs athttp://mainepublic.org/post/vietnam-war-documentary#stream.
AARP reminds us that “With credit-reporting firm Equifax revealing that hackers may have stolen financial and consumer data on at least 143 million customers in the U.S., it’s quite possible that your personal information — including birth date, Social Security number, driver’s license and address — could fall into the hands of criminals.” Read the AARP advice athttp://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/equifax-cyber-attack-data-breach-fd.html
Remember the days before computers? Do you (as I do) still own atypewriter? A new film, California Typewriter, stars Tom Hanks, who owns 250 typewriters. Another aficionado is historian David McCullough, who says typing “has a tactile sensation to it that I think is part of our humanity.” (http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-2017/documentary-explores-typewriter.
To contact the AFCI by email: email@example.com; our website:www.agefriendlybethel.org. Visit our Facebook page: @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
September 7, 2017
The AFCI has begun an ambitious Home Safety Project; you’ll be hearing about other features of it in the coming weeks. The first piece is our purchase of an impressive collection of adaptive tools for home use, including things like kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity.
The tools were carefully researched and selected by Mary LeConey, Occupational Therapist, and Jane Chandler, Registered Nurse, both with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. A special catalog will list how you may purchase these tools, including locally.
As part of the education and awareness feature of our program, we’re displaying the tools collection this fall. In several public get-togethers, an AFCI member will show the collection and catalog and encourage conversation about age-related issues.
The first such opportunity will be at the Bethel Area Senior Citizens meeting/luncheon on Wednesday, September 13. This will be followed by other get-togethers, including the October 6 Seniors Plus Aging Well, Living Well expo at Sunday River and the Alliance Church’s Community Supper in October.
Hooray! We’ve finished the Resource Directory for our website! But maybe you haven’t even visited our website ... there’s a lot of good stuff on there; go see for yourself (www.agefriendlybethel.org)! And now our feature item is ready for consumption. We’ve worked hard to compile a guide to services available to seniors (and others) - most in our area, but some are statewide. On the website click on the “Resources” tab and then “Directory of Services.” We developed it because of suggestions from our community survey two years ago, and we think it will be of great use to community residents. Be sure to tell us if we’ve forgotten any category or if information needs to be updated. The directory is primarily an online service, and we will be updating it as frequently as possible. While there will be a few printed copies available as resources throughout the five communities, they will not be distributed (and won’t be as up-to-date).
End of summer = produce galore! If you have excess produce, you may take it to Nabos on Main and Mechanic Streets in Bethel; Amanda will put it out for people to take (and you may take some too) and get it to the Food Pantry on the appropriate days.
A few upcoming events: on Friday, September 8, several interesting events, including an Introduction to Reiki for cancer patients; Saturday, September 9, Alder River Grange potluck dinner, ceramics workshop, Kickoff for CROP (Communities Respond to Overcome Poverty; Sunday, September 10, Garden to Gourmet with Anna Sysko; Tuesday, September 12, dinner dance at Jackson-Silver Post 68; Thursday, September 14, Maine Outdoor Film Festival at the Gem Theater.
Learn about the Grandparent Scam from AARP at http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/scam-victim- profile.html? You might be a typical victim if this describes you: “Predators know that I am conscientious about my family's safety and well-being. That's what they are counting on when they call me up with the grandparent scam. That's the one in which someone who has learned enough details about me, perhaps through a hack of my email account, makes a convincing call posing as a grandchild in distress and begging for a quick cash drop. I'm also a prime target for the IRS scam, in which a convincing letter or phone call warns me of arrest or ruinous fines unless I send money to settle a tax debt. Even if I smell a rat, I might follow through to avoid jeopardizing my family.” Do not respond to such requests!
AARP quotes a new poll finding that the vast majority of patients between 50 and 80 years of age don’t talk to their health care providers about the cost of the medicines being prescribed for them or about whether less costly alternatives are available. Patients are urged to open this conversation with their doctors, as healthcare providers are often able to suggest lower-cost drug options. http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2017/physicians- lower-prescription-drug-costs-fd.html?
AARP celebrates male caregivers through a series of videotaped stories; visithttp://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-2017/celebrate-male- caregivers-studios.html? Also of Interest are several Caregiving Guides: First-Time Caregiver, Long- Distance Caregiving, and Caregiving at Home.
AARP notes that although the death rate from cancer in America is down 25 percent since 1991, the one type of cancer that is rapidly increasing is thyroid cancer. Find out more at http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/thyroid- cancer-rates-increasing-fd.html?
To contact the AFCI by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; our website:www.agefriendlybethel.org. Visit our Facebook page: @agefriendlybethel.
August 10, 2017
The AFCI Exercise, Safety, and Morning Greeting Task Forces are all developing programs and would love to have more community members helping in their work (see our contact information at the end). We recently received funding from the Maine Community Foundation to support both our Transportation program and our Outreach mission. The Transportation Task Force has a popular Volunteer Driver Program through which local residents over 60 years old can get a free ride to medical appointments. Rides are dependent on the availability of drivers and must be requested 3 business days in advance of your need. Call Transportation Coordinator Kay Rector at 824-4444. The new Neighbor to Neighbor Program (N2N) has just started, allowing transportation within the communities for multiple needs and activities.
A wide variety of skills would help the Communications and Information Team produce its array of promotional and educational pieces. The summer recreation program has been successful; be watching for news of the fall and winter walking program.
Remember to consult the Community Calendar; coming up: Friday, August 11, the Da Ponte String Quartet at the First Baptist Church, Paris. Sunday, August 13 – American Legion Post 81 Annual Picnic; Mahoosuc Community Band Annual Concert. Wednesday, August 16 – Waterford Summer Breakfasts. Thursday, August 17 – “Rugs: 1790 to 1850” Program and Workshop at the Moses Mason House; Faith and Film at the Gem Theater.
We hope you saw our display at Mollyockett Day: a collection of intriguing tools especially designed for seniors who have lost some agility and might welcome help in simple household tasks. In the next few months we will be bringing that display to groups and exhibiting it in the communities.
As part of the Mahoosuc Heart & Soul program, Bethel’s favorite poet, Richard Blanco, presented a community event where he read from a work in progress, hoping to inspire listeners to “think about our connection to the Bethel area.” In addition to being the 2013 inaugural poet, Richard is a civil engineer, and he explained that “As an engineer, I specialized in community planning.” What terrific insight Blanco brings to the table.
‘Tis the season! Remember that you can take any excess produce from your flourishing garden to Nabos on Mechanic Street, Bethel; those who want/need produce may take some.
Here’s a tough one: what age is “old?” AARP recently asked millennials to define “old age” and to demonstrate what “old” looks like. Then they introduced them to some real “old” people. You can watch the young people’s astonishment to learn that aging is not about decline - it’s about growth. http://www.aarp.org/disrupt-aging/stories/ideas/info-2016/what-is-old-video.html?
AARP lists 20 ways to save hundreds of dollars – things like: buying glasses online and asking for open-box items (like computers). Lots of other simple ideas at http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2017/how-to-save-hundreds-of-dollars.html?
AARP notes advice for minimizing your danger of getting tick-borne diseases(http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/tick-borne-heartland-virus-fd.html):