AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITYBethel Area ~ Volume 22 ~ November 8, 2016
We are excited about our new Volunteer Driver Program that has just begun! Residents of Bethel, Greenwood, Newry or Woodstock who are over the age of 60 may call 824-4444 to talk with our coordinator, Kay Larson, and request a free ride – at least three business days ahead - to medical or other appointments. She will arrange with Community Concepts to find someone from a pool of trained and vetted drivers. It is anticipated that as the program gets underway, it will expand to other populations and other trips. We are pleased to offer this program, and we will be looking for ways to make it as tailored as possible to meet the needs of our local residents. There’s still time to register for the Caregiver Conversationsevent at Sunday River on Thursday, November 17 (http://agefriendly.community/crossborderconversations OR207-592-9972). Sponsored by the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA), the event will provide conversations among care partners (those who care for family members or friends), community providers, researchers, policy experts, and municipal business and community leaders.
Together they will address such questions as: How can employers better support family caregivers? How can communities become more "dementia friendly"? How can communities develop volunteer respite and care programs? How can we start conversations about dying? How can we best prepare for our deaths? How can we build new models of facility care that are local and person-centered?
Registration is $30, and scholarships are available. If you choose to join TSLCA (free), registration is only $25, which Includes a continental breakfast and deli lunch.
Online information and support for caregivers are available athttps://act.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers/ andhttp://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving.
Another excellent resource is our local SeniorsPlus; Some excerpts from their information: “As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don't realize that your own health and well-being are suffering. Have you been
Take care of yourself, and here are some tips:
New research has shown that volunteering for at least two hundred hours per year (four hours a week) dramatically lowers blood pressure in older adults. With fewer natural opportunities for social interaction, seniors gain important social connections through participating in volunteer activity. There are many volunteer opportunities in our area!
It’s the tenth anniversary of the WMSC Senior College Players, and something special and unique has been planned. Don’t miss it at 7:00 pm on both November 18 and 19 at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium.
FMI on any of the above: firstname.lastname@example.org, 381-1110.