UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
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 (10:00 am), 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.
Discover Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation
Learn to meditate through this yoga-based meditation system, rooted in an ancient tradition and still relevant to your everyday life. This FREE introductory session provides an easy pathway to deep meditation in just one hour. You will leave with how-to-basics, and be ready to add meditation to your lifestyle.
Meditation Benefits Include:
- Reduced anxiety
- Diminished pain
- Better focus
- Increased creativity & productivity
Instructor Ruth (Rama) Brooke is a certified Svaroopa® yoga and meditation teacher who has been practicing this style of yoga and meditation since 2007. She teaches at her studio, Central Street Yoga & Meditation in Taftsville, VT.
Registration helpful, though not required. Call The Thompson for more information and to register at 457-3277.
Monthly Art Project with ArtisTree at The Thompson, Flower Still Life
Wednesday, May 1, 1:30 pm
Be inspired by the masters in observing several flower still life compositions and then creating your own.
Please register in advance by calling The Thompson. 457-3277
Healthier Living with Diabetes
A workshop facilitated by specially trained leaders from Gifford Medical Center and Mt. Ascutney Hospital
Free Six-Week Class: Wednesdays
May 1, 8, 22, 29 and June 5, 12 (no class on May 15) 1:00—3:30 pm
What the Program Offers:
- Problem solving & action planning
- Healthy eating
- Monitoring blood sugar
- Managing stress
- Handling sick days
Whos’s it for?
For those diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and their caregivers and family members.
Through this Diabetes Self-Management Program you can get the support you need to better manage your Diabetes and help prevent serious health problems like heart disease, blindess, and kidney failure.
To register, please call The Thompson. For more information contact Pam Butler at The Thompson Center or Megan Sault, Gifford Community Health Team 728-9324.
Tech Tutoring at The Thompson Center
Provided by Norman Williams Public Library
Tuesday, May 7 & 21, 1:30 – 3:30 by appointment
We are happy to continue offering individual tech tutoring thanks to NWPL and Meg Brazill. 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. Pleaase call to schedule yours at The Thompson 457-3277.
Foot or Hand Reflexology
Offered by Deborah Neuhof, Certified Reflexologist
May 7 & 21, 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.
Presented by Pat Harrison, RD
Thursday, May 9, 1:15 pm
Please Register in Advance, 457-3277
- Are you on your own, not interested in elaborate meal preparation but trying to eat healthy?
- Are you dealing with some medical issues that require you to follow some dietary restrictions, like limiting salt or sugar? Or do you have arthritis that interferes with your ability to stand long to prepare a meal?
- Interested in some easy to prepare, limited clean-up meal ideas that don’t leave you eating the same food for the week?
Join us for another one of Pat’s fun cooking classes! This one will be a demo & food tasting with loads of ideas, recipes and information on cooking with a George Foreman grill. We will cook some entrees, sides and if time allows, try some sandwiches too.
By attending this class, you will have a chance at winning a George Foreman grill to take home.
A Health and Wellness Program Providing Compassionate, Social, Physical, and Emotional Care to Aging Adults
Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 pm
Gretchen Cole, Executive Director of Scotland House, will discuss services, participant engagement, and benefits for families and caregivers. This is a very informative session for those considering adult day health and wellness services for their loved ones. “Caregivers and families, you are our foundation” – Gretchen Cole.
Women and Heart Disease, Learn the Facts
Presented by Rita Rice, RN BSN CRNI
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Cardiac Rehab
Thursday, May 16, 1:00 pm
Cardiovascular diseases, which include stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds, but… about 80% of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented! This program will be a discussion about facts on heart disease in women, screenings, risk factors, symptoms, physical activity, nutrition, and new blood pressure guidelines.
Rita Rice has been a practicing nurse for 43 years with an extensive background in critical care, emergency care and home care. She is a certified IV nurse and was formerly the Critical Care Coordinator at MAHHC. She runs the Cardiac Rehab program at MAHHC and has worked with the Disaster Team for Eastern United States and Europe. She is most proud of the 2018 national certification of the MAHHC Cardiac Rehab program. Rita says; “I believe we all have a job to live a long, happy, and healthy life.”
Monday, May 20, 1:00 pm
Karen Cleveland’s Need to Know: A Novel
A chilling psychological thriller from a CIA insider: in hot pursuit of a Russian spy ring on U.S. soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a deadly secret that will test her loyalty to the agency–and to her family. The Expats meets The Americans meets The Girl Before.
All are welcome to attend!
Identity Theft: Steal Your Name, Steal Your Life
An AARP Fraud Watch Network Presentation in Partnership with Norman Williams Public Library and The Thompson Center
Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 -3:30 pm at NWPL
The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides resources to spot and identify theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family. Learn how to get alerts and stay up to date on con artist’s latest tricks. This program is open and free to the public.
a support group of grandparents who are raising or caring for their grandchildren
Meet & Greet, Kick-off Meeting
May 21, 8:30 to 9:30 am at The Thompson
Join us for breakfast on Tuesday, May 21st at the Thompson to meet the support group facilitators and talk about what a GRANDparenting support group could mean in your life. This kick-off meeting will introduce the possible discussion topics that may include nutrition, behavior, legal guardianship, public benefits, therapeutic supports, and more. There will be gift card giveaways for participants attending. The ongoing support group will commence in the Fall of 2019 and will meet at the conference room at the SAU building at the Woodstock High School Campus on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m. to Noon. This is a collaborative effort with the Woodstock school district, Senior Solutions (Area Agency on Aging), Mt. Ascutney community health team, and The Thompson.
Presented in partnership with Bayada Home Health Care, Ottauquechee Health Foundation, and The Thompson Center
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:30 pm
At Woodstock Town Hall Theater
Facing an inevitable outcome, terminally ill patients meet extraordinary medical practitioners seeking to change our approach to life and death. End Game follows visionary medical practitioners in a San Francisco hospital who are working on the cutting edge of life and death and are dedicated to changing our thinking about both. Discussion will follow this film presentation.
Fiddler Adam Boyce Performs accompanied by Guitarist and Vocalist Merv Comes
Thursday, May 23, 1:00 pm immediately following Birthday Lunch Celebration.
Tuesday, June 4, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Presented by Senior Solutions
Are you almost 65 year of age and thinking about signing up for Medicare? Are you retiring and losing your health insurance benefits? Come and learn when and how to enroll in Medicare. State Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) counselor, Pati Kimball, will be presenting this class for those individuals who will be signing up for Medicare. She will discuss the different levels of Medicare coverage options such as supplement plans, and Advantage plans as well as the current prescription drug plans. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is advised.
Friday, June 7, 9:00 am to noon (break for lunch); 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Instructor Bill Cherico returns to teach this four hour instructional course which is the nation’s largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. Registration begins at 9:15am. Your driver’s license is required and your AARP card for members.
Course Fee: $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers. Please register in advance.
Painting at ArtisTree: A Collaboration Between The Thompson Center and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Class Dates: Two 6-week Sessions
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.
Fall Prevention Clinic at The Thompson
Provided by Upper Valley Rehab Physical Therapists
Balance Clinic hours will resume on June 12th, by appointment. New dates and schedule will be posted on The Thompson website and in this newsletter.
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
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.
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.
Mah Jongg at The Thompson
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays , 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.
Open Pickle Ball at Woodstock Athletic Club
Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10:00 am
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