November 3, 2019
[Editor’s note: I am always looking to provide the kind of information that is helpful to you – and I invite your opinions! This email links to the same document on our website, instead of the MailChimp newsletter I’ve been sending. Does this work for you? Nancy]
NATIONAL AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES – DID YOU KNOW?
AARP Maine has announced the exciting news that Maine has become the sixth state (plus the Virgin Islands) to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities: for years Maine has led the country in the number of towns and counties to have joined the Network. State Director Lori Parham has expressed that “The designation of Maine as an age-friendly state will ignite important partnerships at every level from our smallest communities to government agencies, and will make Maine an even better place to live for people of all ages.”
AFCI - DID YOU KNOW?
You can read this newsletter on our website (www.agefriendlybethel.org/resources). While you’re there, take a look at the rest of the site, including the AFCI Board (with 3 new members, Katina Colombotos, Mariann Goff, and Linda McDonough) and a farewell to outgoing Board member Jane Chandler.
On our website you may access the Directory of Local Services, a wonderful resource for all kinds of important information. If you want your own copy, you may request that we send you a pdf.
Also on our website you’ll find descriptions of our AFCI programs. Here are some updates:
Remember that the Neighbor to Neighbor Program (N2N) offers free rides for over- 60-year-old residents of Bethel and surrounding communities – and not just for medical appointments and the like. Maybe a Senior College class is calling to you, or it would make you happy to visit a friend (within our member communities). If your inability to drive is only temporary (been there!), you’re still eligible. You may request a ride – preferably with at least 3 days’ notice. Just call 824-4444 and leave your name and contact number; you will receive a return call. Rides are dependent on the availability of volunteer drivers. We’d love some new drivers from the Gilead/West Bethel area.
That same number (824-4444) will get a message to our Handy Neighbor Program, which provides Telstar students to perform outdoor tasks. Be aware that there may be a slight delay in arranging it and getting back to you.
We had great success with our pilot Handy Neighbor project on October 10, Telstar’s Day of Service. Three clients each received several hours of heavy work from a robust crew of students. We know we have a good thing going – would you like to take advantage of it? 824-4444.
Our Home Safety Assessment Program provides an Occupational Therapist – free – to visit your home and assess potential safety risks. You may apply through the Bethel Family Health Center (824-2193) or on your own.
COMMUNITY - DID YOU KNOW?
From Janis Joplin (November 10 and 11) to the Royal Opera’s production of “Don Pasquale (November 24),” the Gem Theater has it all! You can even watch Sunday Night football on the big screen. FMI: web - thegemtheater.com; email - email@example.com; 824-8248.
And don’t stop there. There’s the Senior College Players performances on November 22 and 23 and Gould Academy’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” on November 7, 8, and 9. FMI: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com/
Linda Howe’s column in the October 31 Bethel Citizen notes several events of local interest:
Saturday, November 2 – Telstar Craft Fair.
Wednesday, November 6 – Qi Gong.
Thursday, November 7 – Bethel Library’s book discussion.
Saturday, November 9 – fundraising event for Brooks Morton.
Monday, November 11 – Bethel Food Pantry.
Wednesday, November 13, 11:00 am - Bethel Senior Citizens Club – annual chicken pie dinner at the Locke Mills Legion Hall.
MORE COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES:
Pickle Ball -Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm, Crescent Park School - free, no equipment or experience necessary.
Line Dancing in the Bethel United Methodist Church annex. One eager dancer says that “line dance is a great way to get your heart going and your blood circulating without tremendous exertion. Fun music, and you can now join your friends and family who jump up at weddings when “Electric Slide “ starts playing. But there’s so much more!” For all ages and levels, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am and Wednesdays, 6 :00-7:30 pm. FMI: LineDancingWithDarlene@gmail.com.
The Bethel Rotary Club’s Fall Breakfast - December 1, 7:30-11 am at Gould Academy,
Rotary Senior Citizens Lunch, December 10, American Legion Hall, Greenwood – watch
for more information.
ATTACHED are two flyers about Telstar’s Friday Fiber Club and the Local Food and Learning Event – both sound great.
The New England Rural Health Association is hosting the annual Rural Health Conference at Sunday River on November 6-7. The topics sound interesting, with several segments on aging. FMI: https://nerha.memberclicks.net/2019-annual-conference-think-big-act-rural
Remember that you can request an N2N ride for any of the above (824-4444).
HEALTH AND SAFETY - DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?
Five tips for keeping your eyes healthy: https://videos.aarp.org/detail/video/6065766227001/5-ways-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy-as-they-age?autoStart=true&cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-RSS-STUDIOSCTRL082619P13982459&ET_CID=3982459&ET_RID=24909649&encparam=FXhhSf0aql CQAh68iEiiLsAVIRTaPOM1ppU%2b1ITso6Y%3d
What family caregivers need to know about services, costs and finding the right assisted living option: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/basics/info-2017/assisted-living-options.html
Social Security Changes in 2020: https://www.aarp.org/retirement/social- security/info-2019/social-security-changes-look-ahead.html?
How to avoid robo- and telemarketing phonecalls: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/ftc-dnc-complaints.html?
YOU MAY CONTACT THE AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AT:
PO Box 833, Bethel, ME 04217
November 5, 2019
ADDENDUM TO AFCI NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 4
[Editor’s note: my apologies. There’s so much going on in this community that this item got completely buried.]
Winter’s coming! Have you put winter exercise into your planning? You’ve got options! There will undoubtedly be lots of December news next month, and I’m guessing that ski, snowshoe, and hiking opportunities will be among them.
AFCI has indoor options as well. The very popular Walk the Gym program begins its third season today, 1:30-2:30 in the Gould Academy Bingham Gym. It continues every Tuesday and Thursday until April; it’s free, and you may just drop in. Come alone or bring a friend; bring your music device if you wish. It’s friendly, warm and well-lit, and you go at your own pace.
And if you’re so inclined, you may stay for the next round of Tai Chi (after this week). Beginning next Tuesday the 12th and until January 30th, the Tai Chi class will be held in the same gym from 2:30-3:30. There is no charge, but you must register through the SAD44 Adult Ed. program (207-824-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise practiced around the world for its health benefits. This is a low-impact exercise performed in slow, fluid movements improving physical fitness and mental relaxation. For beginners and intermediates.