January 5, 2020
Happy New Year from the Age-Friendly Community Initiative! With this new year, we want to remind you of our very important mission: “to explore ways to make the community more supportive of healthy aging and to enable people to stay in their own homes and communities as they age.” We realize that older adults face many difficult decisions as the years advance, and we are renewing our efforts to learn more about what factors play into these decisions and to define the areas in which we can serve. For our initial four years, we worked with our crew of volunteers to provide services that seemed doable in the Bethel Region. Now we are digging a little deeper to better define and address existing barriers to accessing those services. As always, we count on your help! Please contact us (information below) with any ideas or concerns.
You see above our new flyer outlining existing programs. We anticipate that the flyer will be in effect all year and available in many community sites, as well as from our N2N drivers and other AFCI friends. We’d love for you to refer your friends and neighbors to these opportunities. Please note the very important 824-4444 telephone number. A quick call will connect you to one of two important services, and someone will get back to you very soon:
1. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Volunteer Driver Program provides rides for over-60 residents of the AFCI communities - medical or non-medical, within a 30-mile radius. Please call at least 3 days in advance and understand that rides are dependent on the availability of drivers. Rides are always free, but many people have expressed a desire to donate to the cause, so your driver will have envelopes available for that purpose.
2. The Handy Neighbor Program provides high school students to perform simple household chores for older adults. While they can’t be on call for quick snowstorms, you can request general help in clearing areas of your property – and for other chores. Use the same phone number as for an N2N request; your call will be directed appropriately.
The Community - Did you know?
Amongst the many things happening in our communities, a new “gem” is the already-famous Mineral and Gem Museum on Main St. Bethel. Have you been yet? Read about it, including statewide and national press releases: mainemineralmuseum.org.
Many other social opportunities can be found in the Chamber of Commerce events listing (bethelmaine.com), including:
And of course, the learning opportunities! Visit the blog site of the Western Mountains Senior College to find about the upcoming winter term options (http://wmscollege.blogspot.com)
A different learning opportunity has been announced by the Telstar Freshman Academy and 4-H Center. Here are some considerations you may share with me:
Technology/devices/internet/computers/online/privacy and security/scams/email/smartphones/social media. Ayayay, what kind of world are we trying to negotiate these days?! What’s it to me?! Scary - unnecessary - “I’m a simple person.”
Well, you’re probably somewhere in that mix. Want to improve your relationship with technology and devices? There’s help, even for the completely uninitiated. A group of Telstar Freshman Academy students will be helping adults learn more about some terrific things they can accomplish with digital devices, as well as the security issues surrounding their use.
The TFA message: “Counties all over Maine are currently participating in a National 4-H Grant called ‘Tech Changemakers.’ Last February, a group of three Telstar 4-H students were sent to Washington D.C. to be trained by Microsoft as part of this grant. The overarching goal of the training was for youth to teach digital literacy and technology skills to adults in their communities. This spring, these students will be hosting an event to help with technology questions ranging from how does an iPad work, to how to be able to decide whether or not an email is a scam, to turning off a feature on a phone that you no longer want there. There will even be computers and iPads available for those who wish to learn more about them. Please be on the lookout for a date and more information regarding this event.”
Health and Safety - Did you know?
Research on how five healthy-lifestyle factors reduce the risk of Alzheimers: a nutritious diet, exercising at least 150 minutes a week, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake and engaging in cognitively stimulating activities, such as reading newspapers, playing cards or visiting libraries and museums (www.aarp.org/health/dementia/info-2019/healthy-lifestyle-alzheimers).
More Americans are choosing to die at home (www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2019/more-dying-at-home-than-hospital).
What to Know About Social Security Changes for 2020 (www.aarp.org/retirement/social-security/info-2019/social-security-changes)
Cooler weather often puts you in the mood for a hot, steaming bowl of soup — and incorporating “superfoods” into your bowl can provide a whole heap of nutrition for a fairly low number of calories. (www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2019/healthy-winter-soups.html)
Remember, we want to hear from you! Contact information below.
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Age-Friendly Community Initiative
P.O. Box 833
Bethel, Maine 04217
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