Our October, 2015 community survey formed the basis for our Age-Friendly planning. With that foundation and generating from many far-ranging discussions by the AFCI Council and within the communities, the following projects are currently underway:
Transportation. Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Volunteer Driver Program: free medical or local non-medical rides for seniors (age 60 and over) in the AFCI communities. Call 207-824-4444 at least 3 days in advance of ride. Rides are dependent on availability of drivers.
Home Safety Project Adaptive toolkit: tools for home use, including kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity; for sale at Brooks Bros. Hardware and from other online retailers (see catalog); displayed throughout the communities and at local events. Free smoke alarm installation for Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock residences – call your town office.
Communications Press releases and print items (rack card, etc.) Monthly electronic newsletters – contact us if you’d like to be on the email list. Website: www.agefr0.1iendlybethel.com.
Exercise for Seniors. Walk the Gym -Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-230, November 6- the last week of April, 2019. From 2:30-3:30 November 13-mid-January, drop-in practice for Tai Chi - both programs in Gould Academy’s Bingham Gym, free of charge. A full Tai Chi class will be held in the spring - watch for news from SAD44 Adult Ed. For more information, or if you wish to be on the e-mail/ phone notification list for these programs, so that you know of cancellations: Jackie Cressy (824-0508 or email@example.com).
Resource Directory: Guide to services and agencies available to seniors (and others), locally and statewide; on website and printed copies at select sites within the AFCI communities – contact us if you’d like us to email you a pdf copy.
Morning Greeting: Seniors living alone can receive a call each day from a “neighbor” to check in on their well-being, thereby lessening isolation, promoting safety, and encouraging new friendships. FMI: Brooks Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-824-2679
More details on all of the above are on our website and updated in the newspaper and newsletters. All of the above programs welcome volunteers – all sorts of tasks: suggest an idea, give a few hours or serve on a planning team.