Age-Friendly Community ~ vol. 7 ~ February 2, 2016
How computer-savvy are you? Do you wish you could do more – Get important health information? Share a hobby with others? Do you know how to Skype (email with an imbedded camera)? It’s not hard, and many seniors keep up with their families in this way. There’s help available! Watch for news of basic-level classes from the Bethel Library, the Western Mountains Senior College and the SAD 44 Adult and Community Ed. program. And here are some opportunities that await you if you can use that computer (or have your friends or family members help you)!
The WMSC (Senior College) weekly blog is a wonderful source (wmscollege.blogspot.com – you can subscribe for a weekly email alert). Each week it contains information on not only the college’s offerings, but also other community opportunities. There are tabs at the top – permanent, but kept fresh with updated information. One of great interest is “Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet,” where you’ll find links to a host of websites like cancer.gov and NIH SeniorHealth.
On www.gardenersgrowinghealthycommunities.org you may learn more about Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities (GGHC), a new, grassroots effort committed to growing, harvesting and distributing fresh garden produce to those with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s also information on an upcoming 8-week gardening course in South Paris.
www.nia.nih.gov will take you to the National Institute on Aging, whose feature reports this issue are on knowing your family’s health history, a progress report on Alzheimers research, and participating in research on healthy aging.
Were you listening? Maine Calling is an interactive radio program on MPBN, Monday through Thursday at noon and anytime online. On Jan. 25, the topic was Age-Friendly Communities in Maine. Of the 29 US states that have Age-Friendly Communities, Maine, along with 2 other states, is second only to New York in the number of communities (6) that are part of the network. FMI go tohttp://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities/info-2014/member-list.html.
The Bethel community is proud not only to be one of those 6 communities, but also to have paved the way for consideration of a community-wide approach to this movement. In fact, Newry, Greenwood, and Woodstock are actively pursuing a formal partnership with Bethel in the Age-Friendly Community Network. We are so pleased!
When the phones were opened on Thursday’s broadcast, the Bethel Area program was the first caller, with Jackie Cressy giving an articulate report on our efforts. You may listen to the program by linking tohttp://news.mpbn.net/post/building-age-friendly-communities#stream/0.
The program hosted three guests reporting on efforts in Maine. We have much to learn from these community programs. Patricia Oh from the Bowdoinham group (http://www.bowdoinham.com/aging-bowdoinham-committee) will make a visit to our Bethel team soon. Linda Weare from Portland told about the ITN program (Independent Transportation Network - “Dignified transportation for seniors” - visit http://www.itnportland.org).
You may learn more about ITN – and many more transportation options - at the Age-Friendly Community public meeting on transportation: Wednesday, February 24, 4:00-6:00 at the West Parish Congregational Church.
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(Nancy Davis, Editor)