AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY Bethel Area ~ Volume 21 ~ October 18, 2016
As you may know, when the Age-Friendly Community Initiative conducted a community survey a year ago, the need that quickly rose to the top was transportation. How can I continue to live in my beloved community when I am no longer able to drive myself? Well, our Transportation Task Force has been very busy and, in collaboration with Community Concepts, has created at least a partial solution. The Volunteer Driver Program will enable all over-65 residents of Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock to request a ride to not only medical appointments, but other commitments (even social!) as well. The program will begin November 7. Watch for more publicity next week.Seniors Plus is offering free one-hour counseling sessions on Medicare choices: Telstar High School, noon-5:00 pm on Tuesday October 18, November 1, 15 and 29. To make an appointment: (www.seniorsplus.org, 1-800-427-1241).
There are still openings for the Bethel Library’s free Tech for Seniorsclasses; you may register at the front desk of the library or call 824-2520. This is an excellent opportunity to use the library’s iPads and learn such useful functions as Skype-ing with your grandkids, finding online recipes and a wealth of YouTube information on how to do almost anything under the sun. There will be four classes from 4:00-5:00: October 19, 20, 26, and 27; and November 9, 10, 16, and 17.
Do you face challenges as a caregiver? Do you worry about your loved one’s dementia and how he/she can best be cared for? Do you wish there was more community support for what you are facing? You may be interested in an upcoming event for people like you. The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging is sponsoring an event that will foster the sharing of information with other caregivers and experts in the field. Thursday, November 17, 9:00-3:30 at Sunday River. FMI and to register:http://agefriendly.community/crossborderconversations.
There will be a special concert on Sunday, October 23, 3:00 at the Gem Theater. In addition to other American works, the concert’s focus, by local musician Tom Davis, is a choral and string rendition of Richard Blanco’s 2013 inaugural poem, One Today, and Blanco will also read his poem.
The next free community supper, sponsored by the Bethel Alliance Church, is on Wednesday, October 26; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; all are welcome.
Another healthy-sleeping tip from a recent AARP publication: Dr. Andrew Weil suggests the “4-7-8” technique: inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, exhale forcefully for 8 seconds – and say good night. There are also several interesting sleep-encouraging gadgets on the market (fairly reasonably priced) – for details, see the August/September issue of the AARP magazine (or go to aarp.org).
Food Security – what in the world does that mean? In basic terms, it refers to a person’s or a community’s assurance that they can access and afford healthy food. How does it affect seniors? AARP’s website (http://endseniorhunger.aarp.org/) explains that “The relationship between hunger and health can easily become a vicious cycle, as low-income seniors have to spend more on their health care, have even fewer financial resources to spend on food, and may become socially isolated… The AARP Foundation is pioneering interconnected solutions to help those in need transform their whole situation.” Donations to that cause may be made online.
The recent World Food Day was perhaps an opportunity to remind ourselves that there are small things we can do to address local food security. I don’t know about you, but I’m not good about remembering to contribute to the Food Liner Grocery’s box of donations to the Food Bank.
The Greenwood Farmers Market, located in the old Greenwood Town Hall on Rt. 26, has begun an exciting new initiative. Customers who receive SNAP benefits may get a voucher as they enter the market, entitling them to $10 off at several of the vendors. The market will be open throughout the winter, every two weeks on Fridays, 4:00-6:00; the next one is October 28.
FMI on any of the above: firstname.lastname@example.org, 381-1110.