Bethel Area ~ Volume 27 ~ February 20, 2017
Welcome, Gilead, to the Age-Friendly Community Initiative, joining Bethel, Greenwood, Newry, and Woodstock.
Understanding that in our rural area, adequate transportation is a real challenge, the AFCI has developed the Volunteer Driver Program (824- 4444). Now the Mountain Explorer’s free local flex route service includes locations up to 3⁄4 mile on public roads off the bus route, including housing units. Destinations may include the BFHC, shopping and the Rite Aid; call for a ride 24 hours in advance: 207-330-3304. Of course, there are less formal ways of making rides available. If you drive and you are planning to attend a community event, you may have a friend or neighbor that would appreciate a ride.
The Western Mountains Senior College (WMSC) offers a wide variety of classes for its members; if you’re not a member, it’s easy to become one. An upcoming class on March 4 and 11 is “Where Does That Great Maine Maple Syrup Come From?” Non college members are also a WMSC priority, with presentations and activities open to the public. Visit the blog for more information: http://wmscollege.blogspot.com/.
On Wednesday, February 22, The Western Mountains Senior College is offering another in the series of Brown Bag Lunch discussions; the topic is Aging Well. Our AFC Initiative has several programs in progress and needs ideas and help from community members: “Listen – Learn – Suggest – Volunteer.” Free and open to the public; bring a bag lunch. February 22 (snow date February 23), 12:15-1:30 at the West Parish Congregational Church. Please RSVP so we can set up chairs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 22, 4:30 - 6:00 - Community Supper at the Bethel Alliance Church. Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal! No charge!
Remember the Gem Theater in Bethel - a fantastic social opportunity! Top movies on Friday through Monday nights, special events, and now, art films in their new third theater – and they serve wine and beer! FMI and to get on their email list www.thegemtheater.com/pages/frontpage. Be sure to read about the Oscars Watch on Sunday, February 26 and the new Books2Film series that begins Tuesday, March 7th.
In our very active community, you can get information on other upcoming events from the Chamber of Commerce website:www.bethelmaine.com/
The Age-Friendly Community Initiative has accumulated a wide array of valuable informational pamphlets, published by AARP, Seniors Plus, and others, and addressing such topics as Meals on Wheels, caregiver support, and caring for a family member with dementia, as well as “affordable ways to make your home comfortable, safe and a great fit.” The pamphlets are available for the taking, and we’re making efforts to get them out into the public. You will see them in a sequence of sites – right now in the District Exchange. Stop by and take anything that meets your needs!
Here’s a good use for all those plastic bags that keep accumulating in your kitchen: the District Exchange can use them; bring them in during their business hours: Mondays, 1:00-4:00, Thursdays, 4:00-6:00, and Saturdays, 10:00 –noon.
SeniorsPlus will be at the Norway Savings Bank in Bethel on the third Thursday of every month (next: March 16), 12:30-4:00. FREE and open to the public – find out about services and resources for older adults and their families. FMI: 1-800-427-1241. Local contact for support services for family caregivers: Karen Paul (email@example.com, 836-2266).
A user of SNAP benefit discount coupons at the Greenwood Farmers Market (Fridays, 4:00-6:00) says that “Being able to use these coupons has been extremely helpful financially so I can get products to keep me feeling well. Thanks to the help of these coupons I can afford to stay on track with my health."
More tips from Consumer Reports on finding the best prescription drug prices:
Always ask "Is this your lowest price?' Pharmacists can’t offer this information unless you ask. Check back often, because prices and offers may change.
Seek a 90-day prescription. For drugs you take long term, it can be more convenient and even cheaper. FMI:http://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/6-tips-for-finding-the-best- prescription-drug-prices/.
“Look online. If you’re paying out of pocket, check GoodRx.com to learn its “fair price” and use that to negotiate if a pharmacist quotes you a higher price. You can also fill a prescription with an online pharmacy ... such as HealthWarehouse.com. ... Only use an online retailer that clearly operates within the U.S. and displays the “VIPPS” symbol to show that it’s a
Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site.” FMI:http://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/6-tips-for-finding-the-best- prescription-drug-prices/.
Information from AARP on hearing loss: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/hearing-loss- issues-gains-kb.html
Also from AARP -http://assets.aarp.org/external_sites/caregiving/end/internal_resources.html. Here you’ll find a number of resources for end-of-life issues, including a special section on grief and loss: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/grief-and-loss/. Topics include “Coping with Loss – One Step at a Time” and “Dealing with Grief.”