UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
World War III– How the Cold War Might Have Ended
Presented by OSHER@Dartmouth Instructor, Jurgen Ewert
Mondays, February 4 – March 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Cost: $20, minimum of 5 students
Pre-register by calling The Thompson
This course is based on Robert Stone’s film, World War III, – a 1998 German alternate history television pseudo-documentary – and class discussion will examine the state of the world in 1989 and the potential for a gloomy end to the Cold War.
Instructor Jurgen Ewert writes:
After leaving East Germany in August 1989 I was not expecting any substantial changes. Michail Gorbachev’s rise to power in 1985 had changed the politics of the Soviet Union. Hungary opened the border to Austria in June 1989 and the East German government was desperately looking for help from the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev had made it clear at the 40th anniversary of East-Germany in October, 1989, that the Honecker regime could not expect help from its “Big Brother”.
I pondered on the following:
How did the hardliners in the Soviet Union assess the situation created by Gorbachev’s politics of Glasnost and Perestroika?
Were there plans for a coup d’état in 1989?
Was there a possibility for a military conflict between the Warsaw Pact and NATO after a possible coup d’état in 1989?
How close did Eastern Bloc countries come to civil war?
The Warsaw Pact and NATO were equipped with a giant arsenal capable of destroying the world – could World War III have happened?
Fortunately the coup d’état in in the Soviet Union did not take place in 1989 but the hardliners were still powerful enough in 1991 to give it a try.
Course content will include PowerPoint slides, on-line content and video.
Presented by AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network
Tuesday, February 19, 1:00 pm
Every day another older Vermonter is ripped off by a telephone, Internet or mail scam. Aggressive scam artists are targeting older Americans across the country to the tune of billions! Find out how you can recognize a con, protect yourself and avoid becoming the next victim. Join us for expert presentations from the AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network and get the knowledge to protect you and your family from frauds and scams.
TAX ASSISTANCE AT THE THOMPSON
Do you need assistance with your tax return? The Thompson Center will offer individual tax preparation for seniors and low income persons. AARP Tax-aides will complete your 2018 taxes free of charge during scheduled appointments on Mondays, February 4 through April 1 including President’s Day. On the day of your appointment, please come early to fill out a questionnaire.
Please bring: Valid picture ID and Social Security card for the taxpayer and spouse, copies of income tax returns you filed last year, proof of all income, W-2 forms (if you worked), 1099-R forms and statements for pensions and annuities, Social Security received, interest and dividend income, state rebates, IRA income and copy of your 2018 property tax bill. If you are filing for a Renter’s Rebate or Homeowners Property tax rebate, you will need proof of income for everyone in your household. For rental rebate, you will also need Form LC-142 from your landlord.
Please call 457-3277 soon to schedule an appointment. Appointments are limited and will fill up quickly!
The New Thompson Book Group
A Meet and Greet Start-Up Gathering
Thursday, February 21, 1:00 pm at The Thompson
The Thompson Book Group will meet for the first time with volunteer and Woodstock resident, Eileen (Lanie) Orcutt as group leader and facilitator. Lanie is an avid reader and has some great reads to suggest and is looking forward to starting this new group with your input for it’s direction. All are welcome to attend this first meeting. As in the past, we thank Yankee Bookshop for their donation of the monthly book selection.
Aging and Driving
Tuesday, February 26, 1:00 pm
Presented by Valori Petrin, Occupational Therapist, Kendal at Hanover
In this presentation, we will discuss how aging affects driving, describe the skills needed to continue to drive safely, the warning signs of unsafe driving and what to do if a person you know is no longer safe to drive.
Valorie Petrin has been an OT at Kendal at Hanover for the past 20 of her 22 year career, and has completed over 400 driving safety screens. She is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and is commonly known as the “Adaptive Equipment Queen” among her patients and peers.
February 26 & March 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Please bring your own device
We are happy to continue offering individual IT tutoring at The Thompson Center thanks to Norman Williams Public Library and Meg Brazil. Meg is offering 1:1 assistance for any one of your devices: cell phone, lap top, iPad or tablet – free of charge. Forty-five minute appointments are available and you can book more appointments as you need them. Please call to schedule yours at Thompson 457-3277.
Jewelry Repair at The Thompson
Every Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Is there jewelry in your jewelry box that needs a new clasp, or to be restrung? Yael Taylor, volunteer receptionist at the Thompson and local jewelry artist, is available to help for a nominal fee. Bring your jewelry to Yael to see if she can help you.
Bob Horan Musician and Story Teller
Thursday, February 28, 1:00 pm immediately following the Birthday Lunch Celebration
As a singer, guitarist and story teller, Bob Horan’s music career has spanned thirty years of sharing his life through music.
His repertoire includes a mixture of old and new songs which underscore a variety of life experiences. He delights in sharing humorous events and more poignant moments from his life, and how they relate to his audience.
Talk, Listen and Connect (TLC) Group
Friday, March 1, 1:30 pm
Are you interested in a once a month gathering to talk about things that are meaningful to you, to get to know others on a more authentic level and to offer and receive mutual encouragement and support? You are invited to a planning meeting on February 5th to share your interests and shape what this group will look like. The TLC Group will build on the popular Talk and Listen Group at the Thompson Center that was organized and facilitated by Linda Grant for ten years. Richard Schramm, a retired teacher and the facilitator of the Amazing Grays, at the Woodstock North Chapel, will be working with the Center to start this new group. All are welcome, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to share your stories and get to know others in a safe and supportive group setting.
Painting at ArtisTree: A Collaboration Between The Thompson Center and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Class Dates: Two 6-week Sessions
Session 1: March 1 – April 5
Session 2: April 26 – May 31
Day/Time: Fridays, 10–11:30 am
Cost: $60 for 6 weeks or $10 per class
Explore the wonderful world of painting in this class for Thompson Center participants. Come paint and learn about painting in ArtisTree’s beautiful indoor and outdoor settings. Receive instruction in how to work with water-based mediums, or work on projects of your own choice amid supportive and congenial company. Materials are provided and all levels of experience are welcome! Van transportation is provided by request from your home or from the Thompson to ArtisTree and back.
Water Aerobics Class
Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, March 8—May 17, 2019
1:30 – 2:15 pm, Cost: $80 for 10 week class
The Thompson Center will provide shuttle service to and from class if needed. Please register in
advance by calling 457-3277. Payment is due at time of reservation and must be received prior to the start of class series.
Wednesday, March 6, 1:30 pm
Celebrate your Irish heritage by creating a beautiful illumination inspired by medieval technique and your own initial.
Please register in advance by calling The Thompson.
Thinking About Advance Care Planning
Presented by Bayada Hospice
Thursday, March 7, 1:00 pm
Advance Care Planning is about more than simply filling out the forms and filing them at the lawyer’s office or in your safe deposit box. It involves asking yourself important questions about what you value and what really matters. It involves thinking about how you want to live your life to the very end. And, it involves talking about it. Join Cynthia Stadler APRN, Community Liaison for BAYADA Hospice to discuss Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning. She will clarify terms and explain the various forms, talk about how to make the forms a living document, and how to increase the probability your wishes will be followed at end of life.
In addition to this talk, The Thompson Center offers an Advanced Directive Clinic on the second Monday of each month. Trained volunteers are available by appointment to explain the document and answer any questions.
Foot or Hand Reflexology
Offered by Deborah Neuhof, Certified Reflexologist
March 12 & 26, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
Experience Reflexology techniques to de-stress and promote a balanced, wholistic well-being.
30 min/$30, Loose clothing recommended. Call in advance for your 30 minute appointment.
Provided by Upper Valley Rehab Physical Therapists
Wednesday, March 13, 9:00-10:30 by appointment
Falls are not a normal part of aging and can result in more serious injuries over time, but the risks can be reduced by working on all the possible causes.
Upper Valley Rehab will be offering a Fall Prevention Clinic at the Thompson Center and will provide free comprehensive fall risk Screenings for people who have fallen or who have a fear of falling. At the Clinic/Assessment, a licensed physical therapist will ask participants to complete a fall assessment screen which will include a history of previous falls and what might be causing them. Additionally, a therapist will screen participant’s gait, balance, range of motion, strength and sensation and ask questions regarding home environment, fear of falling concerns, and pertinent medical history that can contribute to falls. This total assessment will include your screen results, which can be sent to your primary care physician, and recommendations for treatment if needed. Each comprehensive assessment is about fifteen minutes and will require an appointment.
Please wear or bring the shoes you wear most often inside and outside of your home. Please bring devices
Elder Justice Project
Presented by Senior Solutions in Conjunction with
Vermont Legal Aid’s Senior Citizen Law Project
Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 pm
The Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont, Inc., (Senior Solutions) in conjunction with Vermont Legal Aid’s Senior Citizens Law Project will give a brief yet informative presentation on abuse, and its various forms.
Abuse in later life can be a difficult topic. Communication and education are both vital to preventing older Vermonters from being exploited and abused. Using a variety of multimedia tools as well as audience participation, Gary and Leah will discuss what constitutes abuse in later life and the different resources that are available to address this serious problem.
Gary Schall is the Elder Justice Project Coordinator for Senior Solutions. Co-presenter Leah Burdick, Esq., is the Elder Law attorney for the Vermont Legal Aid Senior Citizens Law Project.
We hope you will join us for this informative and important presentation.
Collette Travel presents Spotlight on San Antonio
5 Days 5 Meals – Highlights include: Mission San Jose, The Alamo, Paseo del Rio Cruise (aka the River Walk) LBJ ranch and much more
November 10 -14, 2019
Please join us for a special travel presentation on Tuesday, March 19, 2:00 pm at The Thompson
Dental Health Care for Older Adults
Presented by Kristin Schiessl-Alf, RDH and Jayne Hull, Patient Coordinator
Thursday, March 21, 1:00 pm
By the year 2030, twenty percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older. In Vermont, this percentage is expected to be even greater, at twenty-nine percent. Historically, as people have aged, their oral health has declined. However, a combination of advances in dental technology, public health initiatives, and continued education from dental professionals has allowed people of all ages to improve and maintain their oral health.
Kristin Schiessll-Alf, Registered Dental Hygienist with thirty-three years of experience, and Jayne Hull, Patient Coordinator, with over twenty years of experience, have worked together for many years at Dr. Mark Knott’s and Dr. J. David Laughlin’s offices. Kristin and Jayne will offer a brief, interactive presentation on Dental Health Care for older adults at the Thompson Center. Topics will include: prescription medications and dry mouth, the relationship between oral bacteria and chronic systemic diseases, periodontal disease, jaw joint and jaw muscle issues, and prevention of tooth decay.
Healing Through Art Presented by Artist Willow Bascom
Tuesday, March 26, 1:00 pm
Willow Bascom grew up in Saudi Arabia and Panama, where her father was a pilot on sea vessels. Her early introduction to varying cultures made her a huge fan of tribal art. Later in life she was struck with lupus, and started drawing when it went into remission. Her discussion will focus on her healing from chronic disease through her art to be followed by a drawing session at The Thompson on Tuesday, April 2nd at 1:00 pm.
Information Technology Workshop – More About Smart Phones
Wednesday, March 27, 1:00 pm
At The Thompson Center
Now you know a few things about your phone but want to learn more. Meg Brazill, Tech Director from the Norman Williams Public Library, will lead an informal one-hour hands-on workshop about basics and beyond for your smart phones. Learn how to download new and useful apps, find free audio books you can listen to on your phone and other useful things. Bring your questions and help set the agenda!
The Occasional Jug Band
Thursday, March 28, 1:00 pm
Immediately following the Birthday Lunch Celebration
The Occasional Jug Band is a trio of versatile musicians who bring their high enthusiasm and years of professional musical performance to a repertoire packed with traditional Americana, including jug band favorites, blues, fiddle tunes and popular tunes with an irresistible ragtime twist. Please join us for their toe-tapping performance at The Thompson.
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CLINIC
2nd Monday of the Month
1:00-3:00 pm by appointment, please schedule in advance
Would your loved ones know your about medical care if you were unable to speak for yourself? There is a legal document called an Advance Directive that you can complete to give guidelines about your wishes and appoint someone to represent you if you are not able. We have arranged for a trained and caring volunteer to be at the Thompson Center every 2nd Monday from 1pm – 3pm. These volunteers will take the time to explain both the document and the simple process used to make your wishes known. The most important part of this process is talking to those you love about what matters most to you. You can call 457-3277 to schedule an appointment.
Mah Jongg at The Thompson
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
We have been thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Mah jongg and our group is growing! If you are interested in joining, please contact Gail Stickney by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 457-2581.
Spring Clean Your Legal Affairs
Estate Attorney Daphne Moritz returns to The Thompson Center
to present this invaluable three-part series
April 29, May 14, and May 28 at 1:00 pm
These programs are open and free to the public. Advance registration is requested by calling The Thompson
Spring is always a good time to take stock of our affairs whether we are cleaning our houses and preparing our garden beds, or clearing out our clutter. Spring is also a great time to get our legal houses in order. With estate planning, that means reviewing your existing documents which may have grown stale, and educating yourself on new aspects of the law which may not have been relevant to you only a few years ago.
Whether you have already completed your estate planning, but you think it needs updating, or you are eager to learn more about the documents you should have, but on which you have not yet taken action, Spring Cleaning your Legal Affairs is a series for you.
April 29 Your Top Five Essential Estate Planning Documents
May 14 Long Term Care Planning and Aging Well (Including Residence Options)
May 28 Specific Topics in Estate Planning family dynamics, real estate matters, pet trusts and more
Come prepared with your questions about estate planning, wills and trusts, probate, long-term care concerns and Medicaid planning, health care powers of attorney, advance directives, guardianship, and unusual topics.
Daphne Moritz is an estate planning and elder law attorney with Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. She focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, families with special needs, and related matters. She frequently lectures to a variety of audiences about estate planning and elder law matters. Find more information at https://www.sheeheyvt.com.
Open Pickle Ball at Woodstock Athletic Club
Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Fridays – schedule to be announced. Call the Athletic Club at 457-6656 or The Thompson
Cost:$10 per 1.5 hr court time session. Walk-ins welcome and equipment is provided. Ride service available from The Thompson with advance notice.
Mondays at 1:00 pm. Please arrive by 12:30 pm for sign-in, pairing, and table assignment
All are welcome… Bridge players, social Bridge players, kitchen Bridge players, aspiring Bridge players, new-to-duplicate Bridge players, experienced duplicate Bridge players. No partner necessary.
Cost: $8 per person, light refreshments and comfortable venue
Director: Dick Tray, ACBL sanctioned club game masterpoints awarded
Contact: Karen Randle 802 225-6640 or email@example.com