UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Bridge Returns to The Thompson
Our Bridge group will meet on the second, third, and fourth Mondays of each month . Please call Shari if interested in joining this group. 457-3277.
TOWN DAYS ARE BACK!
Residents of surrounding towns are invited for lunch at The Thompson for the reduced rate of $3.00 on the following Mondays:
Bridgewater ~ Monday, July 10th
Pomfret ~ Monday, August 7th
Reading ~ Monday, September 11th
Woodstock ~ Monday, October 2nd
Please note: The Thompson van can provide transportation for you and your friends. Please call to schedule.
It’s time for Horseshoes!
Mondays at 1:00 pm
The horseshoe pits are open and you can play anytime, but every Monday (weather permitting) at 1:00 pm a group will play following lunch. Everyone is welcome regardless of your experience level! Talk to Norm Boynton if you’re interested.
Open Times for Ping Pong Table
Come enjoy a game of Ping Pong with friends! The table will be available on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm and Fridays all day. Other times may be available upon request.
*Dependent on scheduled programming/check our program calendar.
Low Vision Support Group
Every 3rd Thursday of the Month
10:15 – 11:45 am
July Discussion: Part 3 Video – Living with Someone with Low Vision
The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering this new support group where participants can share experiences, challenges, and successes of living with a visual impairment at this ongoing monthly meeting. Learn about adaptive aids and strategies that support independence. Led by a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist from VABVI.
Mahjong at The Thompson
Tuesdays at 12:30 pm & Thursdays at 2:00 pm
We have been thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Mahjong and our group is growing! So that we may be fair to seasoned players and those who are just learning, we have established Tuesdays as a teaching day for beginners. Thursday games will be devoted to experienced players.
If you are interested in learning, we ask that you call Shari at The Thompson Center where your name will be put on a waitlist. When we have 3 new players, group leader, Gail Lavin Stickney, will begin a Tuesday teaching table for the new players. Thanks for your patience as we begin this new plan of teaching in our best efforts to accommodate all who are interested in Mahjong.
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CLINIC
2nd Monday of the Month
Would your loved ones know your wishes 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.
Family Caregivers: Learn the Steps to Effective and Positive Caregiving
A Three Part Series Presented by Susan Moor
June 13, 20, 27 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm
This is a three part series to learn about adapting to changes during the caregiving journey; what is going on in the brain to cause changes in memory, language, vision and other changes associated with dementia.
This series will give you the tools to take control and understand which actions can make life easier for the caregiver as well as the person with increasing confusion in life’s activities.
- Brain Tour: understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the brain changes and disease stages.
- How to work with challenging behaviors, repetition and changing abilities.
- Activities of Daily Living – bathing, dressing, eating, toileting. Learn the steps to simplify the process.
- Failure-free activities to provide structure, interest and self-esteem for the individual with dementia symptoms
- Caring for the caregiver
This is a free event but registration is important so that there will be enough handouts for attendees to bring home.
Thompson Pickle Ball Clinic
Get Your Game On!
Tuesdays, Beginning June 20 – July 18 (no class on July 4th)
At The Woodstock Athletic Club
Court Time Begins at 1:30 pm
First 4 week series – $32 with equipment provided
Please inform The Thompson Center at time of registration if you will need transportation
How Doctors Think: A Revolution in Medicine
Presented by Lynn Peterson, MD
Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 pm
Gone are the days of Drs. Casey and Kildare, compassionate, sensitive doctors of the last century who did and knew everything. Advances in medical science have created the need for specialists and super-specialists: ‘scientists’ who care for the sick with all their human fears and concerns. How can medicine bridge the gap between science and caring?
Lynn Peterson, MD practiced surgery, taught medical students and did research for 40 years at Harvard and the Brigham before retiring to Woodstock. He began a program in medical ethics at Harvard and the Brigham designed to address the gap between knowing and caring. Since retiring he has been on Dartmouth’s faculty and its ethics committees as well as on the Board of Trustees at Mt Ascutney.
Presented by a Senior Solutions Medicare Counselor
Wednesday, July 5, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 27, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
Are you almost 65 years of age and thinking about signing up for Medicare? Are you retiring and losing your health insurance benefits? Forget about everything you knew about health insurance. You’re in a new universe and help is available. Call The Thompson Center for your 1:1 counseling appointment with a Senior Solutions volunteer.
Tobacco Cessation Workshop
Wednesdays, July 5 – 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Mt. Ascutney Hospital will be hosting a tobacco cessation workshop at the Thompson Senior Center for anyone who is interested in quitting smoking. This workshop is free and is open to everyone. Quit products will be provided free of charge (patches, gum, and lozenges!). The workshop will run every Wednesday from July 5th to July 26th from 10:00 – 11:00 am. If you are interested in attending the workshop please call or email Samantha at 802-674-7089 or CHO@Mahhc.org. Registration is open until July 5th.
The Facts about Tick-borne Disease in Vermont
What you Need to Know
Presented by Vermont Public Health Nurse, Wendy Walsh
Thursday, July 6, 1:00 pm
The objectives of this presentation will be for participants to have an understanding of the most common tick borne diseases in Vermont, how ticks behave in Vermont, and how to protect yourself and your family. Safe tick removal and what you should do when bitten by a tick will be included in this discussion.
Monday, July 10, 1:30 pm
Celebrate World Oceans Day by creating some fantastically whimsical sea creatures! Using recycled materials we will turn an existing form into a big eyed, colorfully scaled creature to hang in your garden, house or porch.
Thursday, July 27 at 1:00 pm
Vocalist Jerry Blakeney returns for our monthly birthday celebration to sing some of our country favorites.
Birthday Lunch Menu: Grilled Baja style Pork Loin Chimichurri Sauce, Spicy Sweet Potato Salad, Braised Greens, Roll, Cake & Ice Cream. RSVP for lunch
Generation to Generation Campaign 2017
The Gen2Gen campaign shines a light on the mutual benefits of intergenerational relationships.
The week of August 7th will be Gen2Gen week at the Thompson with ArtisTree and friends. Join us for Music Together, Creative Arts projects, a kid-friendly lunch menu throughout the week, horseshoe lessons, ping pong games, ice cream social, and more! Children of all ages are invited to participate in various events throughout the week.
Participate with us to create meaningful Gen2Gen moments that last a lifetime by helping at least one young person to connect with an older adult and dine, create, & have some fun together.
No Meetings over the Summer
September 13th at 1:00 pm
The Book Group will be taking the summer off. Please email Sherry Belisle at email@example.com with titles you are interested in by August 1 for the September discussion. Thank you!
With The Thompson Team
September 24, 10:00 am
Lyman Park, White River Junction
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to learn more (website address) or call the Thompson to sign up to join our team for the Upper Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s.