November 10, 2017
The AFCI is pleased to welcome the sixth local town to the Age-Friendly Community movement. Welcome, Hanover! With its new representative to the Council, the current AFCI Council members are: Al Cressy, Chair (Bethel rep), Nancy Davis, Vice Chair; Jane Chandler, Secretary (Woodstock rep); Peter Musso, Jr.,Treasurer (Greenwood rep); Anita Clark (Newry rep); Lise McLain (Gilead rep); Shirley Powell (Hanover rep); Valerie Cole; Charlie Reiss; Barbara Schneider; and Maryvonne Wheeler. What a diverse, talented crew!
We’re always fine-tuning how we keep in touch with you and have recently decided not to continue the print copy of our monthly newsletter (that’s the brightly colored tri-fold pieces). We suspect that folks are more likely to keep in touch through the Bethel Citizenor this digital newsletter. If you know someone who’s not on our email list and would like to receive the monthly electronic newsletter, please contact us (information below).
There will still be display racks in public places; instead of the colored newsletters, they will contain two other items which will not change frequently: a teal blue 5x8 inch flyer with AFCI updates and a 3x6 inch laminated rack card/bookmark. Soon we will be distributing our print Resource Directories around the communities. Unfortunately, they are not for general distribution, just for reference in public places (which we’ll publicize as we get them out to the sites). The directory has been on our website for some time now. *The AFCI Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Driver Program is now offering free local medical and non-medical rides to seniors 60 and over who live in Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Newry or Woodstock. Medical rides must be requested at least seven business days in advance, and non-medical rides at least three. Ride requests are filled pending the availability of our AFCI-certified volunteer drivers. If you need a ride, call our Age-Friendly Transportation Coordinator at 824-4444. We are looking for more volunteer drivers, particularly those living in Gilead and Woodstock, to join our initial group of 13 drivers for local, non-medical rides. If interested, please contact Al Cressy at 824-0508.
The initial period of our AARP Community Challenge grant is about to wind down, but most activities will continue. A core feature of the 3-pronged Home Safety Program is a comprehensive set of adaptive tools to aid with everyday tasks. These have been on display in a variety of community venues, and there will be many more opportunities for citizens to “play with” the tools. Printed brochures contain details on purchasing individual tools.
A second feature of the project has been the Home Assessment program, designed to bring consultant services to home-owners in our original five towns, assessing both the resident’s strength, flexibility and general fitness, and any safety risk factors within the home. Ten assessments have been scheduled and funded, and we have just allocated money to conduct two more for residents in Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Newry and Woodstock. These assessments are performed by a State-licensed Occupational Therapist. To apply, contact Occupational Therapist Brie Weisman at 364-7056.
Another feature of the Challenge Grant: watch for more information on free home smoke detectors provided by the Red Cross through local fire departments.
Under the sponsorship of the AFCI, Gould Academy, and the Bethel Recreation Committee, the “Walk the Gym” program has begun for the winter season. No registration is required, and the program is free and open to anyone age 60 and over. Emphasizing the improvement of balance, strength and flexibility, activities include walking at your own pace, optional tai chi and qi gong practice, and “Matters of Balance” exercises. Come to Gould’s Bingham Gym any of these times: Tuesdays 1:30-3:00, Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am, Thursday s, 1:30-2:30.
The Western Mountains Senior College is sponsoring a Shared Heritage Potluck on Tuesday, November 14, 12:15-1:30 at the Moses Mason House in Bethel (see details in the November 9th Bethel Citizen).
WMSC also presents the Senior College Players’ annual performance – Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, 7:00 pm at the Gould Academy Trustees’ Auditorium.
The Methodist Church (Main Street, Bethel) is offering a series of Healthy Eating Classes the second Tuesday of every month. The first one, on fruits and vegetables, is Tuesday, November 14, 11:00am-1:00 at the church on Main St., Bethel. Free and open to the public. FMI: 824-2328.
Upcoming events, as noted in the Bethel Citizen’s Community Calendar: W.P. Congregational Church Open Mic, Veterans Day Celebration, Winter Farmers’ Market, Turkey Supper, The Gem Theater, Special Bethel Town Meeting.
Recently the NPR show “On Being” held a fascinating extensive interview with Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal.” www.onbeing.org/programs/atul-gawande-what-matters-in-the-end-oct2017.
We always need help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, email@example.com; our website,www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)
* But wait – your very own copy! Attached is a pdf file of the Resource Directory. Feel free to use it as you wish.