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 non-medical rides for seniors (age 60 and over) in our six communities. Call 207-824-4444 at least 3 days in advance of ride. Rides are dependent on availability of drivers.
Free Winter Sand for Bethel Residents: Get bucket from Bethel Rescue barn on Walkers Mill Road; get sand from kiosk at the Airport, left side of the road just beyond Maine Energy Systems building.
Communications: Weekly columns in Bethel Citizen, other press releases and print items (rack card, etc.), Monthly electronic newsletters. Contact us if you’d like to be on the email list.
Exercise for Seniors: Winter “Walk the Gym” – walk with friends around a spacious, well-lighted gym. Gould Academy Bingham Gym every week: Tuesday, 1:30-3:00 (last half hour stretching, flexibility, balance activities); Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 am; Thursday, 1:30-2:30. FMI: Jackie Cressy (824-0508) or Bob Oickle (576-5104).
Home Safety Project: Adaptive toolkit: tools for home use, including kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity. For sale from Brooks Brothers Hardware, Bethel and from other retailers (see catalog). Displayed throughout the 6 communities and at local events. Free smoke alarm installation for Bethel, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock residences – call your town office.
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 6 communities – contact us if you’d like us to email you a pdf copy.
Would you like to be involved in any of these projects? If so, please visit our contact section.