AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITYBethel Area ~ Volume 24 ~ December 20, 2016
Happy Holiday Season! As we continue to celebrate the season, we might remember some health-related suggestions from AARP, which are described in this link: https://lifereimagined.aarp.org/page/signature/41073-Holiday-Survival-Guide. Among other tips, it suggests that we eat what we love (and leave the rest), that we plan ahead what we’ll eat at those tempting feasts, that we not “give workouts a vacation,” and that we focus on good sleeping habits such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed, and trying a relaxing exercise like yoga before bedtime.
It’s not too late to remember some local opportunities to help our neighbors. Nina Wheeler (email@example.com, 836-3600) reminds us of Christmas for Families, which welcomes those who wish to help in some way, as well as those who are experiencing special need in this season and would appreciate help. The program can use money donations, other gifts like baked goods, or sales help.
Christmas for Children: Rotary Club fundraiser for toys for needy children in our community. Contributions may be mailed to Bethel Rotary Club, Christmas for Children, PO Box 471, Bethel, ME 04217.
The next Community Supper (all are welcome!) is Wednesday, December 28, 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel.
Want to walk, safely and comfortably, during the winter months? A new program for seniors, sponsored by the AFCI, Gould Academy, and the Bethel Recreation Committee, served many seniors in its first four sessions. It is now on a holiday break and will resume on January 10 – every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-2:30. Walking in Gould Academy’s Bingham Gym is at your own pace (with gym-type shoes), and there are exercise tips and instruction if you’re interested.
Need a ride? Our local Volunteer Driver Network: 824-4444 (coordinator Kay Larson). Seniors Plus (seniorsplus.org, 1-800-427-1241): caregiver support and Alzheimer's education and respite. Community Concepts (community-concepts.org, 743-7716): fuel assistance.
You may already know about the Women's Cancer Support Group at Stephens Memorial Hospital. It meets at the Stephens Memorial Specialty Clinic, 199 Main Street, Norway, on the first Tuesday of every month, 12:00 pm -1:30 pm. (Bring a brown bag lunch.) FMI: 744-6173.
A new men’s cancer support group is just starting up. The first meeting was Tuesday, December 13; the next is December 27, 4:00-5:00 at the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, 100 Main St., Norway. FMI call facilitator Vance Jordan (583-2975) or center supervisor Sherri Otterson (890-7063).
The November edition of the AARP Bulletin focuses on Caregivers. It reminds readers that they can go to aarp.org/caregiving for helpful tools and resources. It features many aids that can be purchased to help aging loved ones. It describes the winners in its Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers contest. It pictures several easy “crafty ways to reengineer simple household items and make caregiving tasks a little easier.” And it describes new state laws to aid caregivers (including Maine’s efforts).
The November AARP magazine has a heart-warming story of a wife who is grateful to be serving as caregiver to her beloved husband with dementia.
As you may know, the future of Medicare and Social Security is an issue of prime importance to the AARP. To learn more about their positions and how you can serve in an advocacy role: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2016/where-aarp-stands-on-medicare-social-security.html?intcmp=AE-HP-DP1.
If you or someone you know would like to be included on my electronic newsletter list (which is emailed out every three weeks), please let me know – and FMI on any of the above: firstname.lastname@example.org, 381-1110.
LOVE, JOY AND PEACE IN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON