October 5, 2017
The AFCI is always trying to improve our communications and interactions with the community. We are aware that a sizable portion of our audience is not comfortable with digital communication. We welcome any suggestions from you, our digital audience. And – please – if you have family members, neighbors or friends who are not receiving emails or can’t access our website, pass along any information you feel they might benefit from.
Attached are two flyers you might pass along. One announces a new AARP-grant-related program we’re offering for FREE home safety assessments. The other is a simple update on current AFCI programs.
The AFCI is making news. I was recently a panelist at two different state-wide conferences in Augusta, sharing our progress in the five community initiative serving Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock. In a few weeks, Allen Cressy will be a presenter at the national AARP Livable Communities conference in Dallas.
In a nationwide competitive Challenge Grant sponsored by AARP national, our initiative was awarded a sizeable grant which has permitted us to begin work on the AFCI Home Safety Program. The Congo Craftsmen have made wooden display racks, and we have begun a traveling exhibit of the wide variety of adaptive tools. Our local visits allow us valuable conversations with members of the public. In addition to an exhibit and conversation at the Whitman Memorial Library, we have visited the Bethel Senior Citizens luncheon, the Bethel House, and the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend; we also have plans for the Aging Well Living Well Expo on October 6 and the Community Supper on October 25. We are eager to meet with other groups; contact us if you’re interested.
The AFCI now offers two rides programs, free for over-60 residents of Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Newry, and Woodstock. Call Transportation Coordinator Kay Rector (207-824-2444) for rides to medical destinations through the Community Concepts/VDP (Volunteer Driver Program). Call the same number for non-medical destinations within the 5 communities, through the new AFCI N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) program, which has just begun.Recently I watched Atul Gawande on TV – what an inspiring person! You may remember that it was his book “Being Mortal” that inspired our AFCI endeavor almost three years ago. That book – as well as many other age-related books specially selected by AARP – is in a collection and available to check out at theBethel Library.
Did you know that the AFCI has an exhibit of brochures from local service agencies? It is now at Bennett’s Auto Shop and in the future will continue moving around our communities.
Friday, October 6 is the tenth annual Aging Well Living Well Expo sponsored by Seniors Plus – 8:15 am-4:00 pm at Sunday River. The AFCI will be there with our Adaptive Toolkit. And Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th, is the Fall Festival at Sunday River. On Saturday the 7th: the Woodstock-Greenwood Parade of Lights and the Celebration of Fall in Hanover. Tuesday, October 10: Harvest Dinner Dance; Wednesday, October 11, Senior Citizens Club Meeting; Thursday, October 12, “Be Safe in Your Room,” a To Your Health program of the Western Mountains Senior College.
The Mahoosuc Heart & Soul program is still gathering stories from community residents; let them know why you live here, what you value about your community, and what, if anything, you’d like changed. FMI and to either be interviewed or volunteer as an interviewer or story-listener, contact Cat Ingraham (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-590-0541).
AARP says that “We love caregivers, and we want to put them in the spotlight. So if you have a family caregiving story, tell us about it!” And AARP promises to “give you a $50 gift card as a thank-you — because your story matters.” Find out more at https://act.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers/?cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-RSS-CAREGIVING-CGINCENT-CTRL-073117-P7-
The Ken Burns 10-part series on the Viet Nam War was recently aired on Maine Public Television. You may access the programs athttp://mainepublic.org/post/vietnam-war-documentary#stream.
AARP reminds us that “With credit-reporting firm Equifax revealing that hackers may have stolen financial and consumer data on at least 143 million customers in the U.S., it’s quite possible that your personal information — including birth date, Social Security number, driver’s license and address — could fall into the hands of criminals.” Read the AARP advice athttp://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/equifax-cyber-attack-data-breach-fd.html
Remember the days before computers? Do you (as I do) still own atypewriter? A new film, California Typewriter, stars Tom Hanks, who owns 250 typewriters. Another aficionado is historian David McCullough, who says typing “has a tactile sensation to it that I think is part of our humanity.” (http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-2017/documentary-explores-typewriter.
To contact the AFCI by email: email@example.com; our website:www.agefriendlybethel.org. Visit our Facebook page: @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)