Bethel Area ~ Volume 15 ~ June 14, 2016
Many of our community neighbors are caregivers for seniors facing challenges, some for spouses, some for parents. It’s a tough job! Providing support for caregivers is one of the topics that has been identified as a possible Age-Friendly project. Are you interested? Do you have issues or questions? Would you like to help find some answers?
There is help for caregivers currently available. Seniors Plus is an organization in Lewiston whose mission is to enrich the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. They suggest that “memory loss is not a normal part of aging. Memory loss, or dementia, presents unique challenges for families. Our professional staff supports families and caregivers with a wide range of options from information and assistance to our Alzheimer's Respite Program and counseling. We are dedicated to meet the individualized needs of patients who are experiencing memory loss and those who love them.” You may contact them at 1-800-427-1241 or http://www.seniorsplus.org.
Sad to say, but our society is full of scam artists, and it behooves us all to be careful. AARP has several excellent aids. One is an online service, aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. Another is a handbook listing information on such things as identity theft, investment fraud, tech support scams and travel scams. Copies of this handbook are available in the Bethel Library. Also available in the library are pamphlets on SeniorsPlus, Meals on Wheels, and other topics of interest to seniors. They’re there for the taking!
Foremost in the Action Plan projects for the Age-Friendly Community Project (now renamed the Age-Friendly Community Initiative) has been improving the transportation options for those in our community who are no longer able to drive. This task force has been very busy and is pleased to announce that the Town of Bethel has been awarded a $3000 grant by the Harold Dudley Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. This funding will be used to hire a transportation coordinator for the four-town community (Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock).A newly discovered resource: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/bookstore/technology-innovation/info-2014/tek-books.html (or you can access it from the aarp.org home page). The site notes a 40% discount on books from their publisher – such as My Digital Entertainment, which suggests “TV shows, radio, music, newspapers and magazines, books, and more – whether you’re using a computer, mobile device, or other technology.” Other books include: My Internet for Seniors and My Health Technology for Seniors.
The owners of the new Gem Theater, Wade Kavanagh and his wife, Beth Weisberger, are pleased to host a community event next Thursday, June 23, at the theater. This Celebration of Local Food will begin with food, drink, and good conversation from 6:00-7:00, and at 7:00 the movie Just Eat It will be shown (free of charge), as well as some short films for kids. Ryan Parker, of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will facilitate a discussion after the movie, which focuses on food waste and what we can do about it. FMI on any of the above: Nancy Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org, 381-1110).