Upcoming Special Events:
HOLIDAY BAZAAR & COOKIE WALK
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9 am – 1 pm
Please join us for this annual event where you’ll find a great selection of holiday gifts, wreaths, handmade pottery, ornaments, jewelry, knitted and felted items, homemade goodies, jams, jellies, pickles, and more! Santa will visit and our famous Cookie Walk will be upstairs in the conference room. Hundreds of cookies will fill over 200 cans. Arrive early to pick your favorites!
Raffle tickets prizes:
Dinner for four to reminisce with NBC News Correspondent Bob Hager, a French braid quilt made by Janet Maxham and Bonnie Atwood, and pottery by Miranda Thomas. Tickets are $5, or 6 for $20.
All proceeds benefit The Thompson Senior Center.
Financial Health During Retirement
Wednesday, December 11, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Most of us envision retirement as a time to relax, spend time with loved ones, travel or start a new hobby. But it’s difficult to reap the rewards of our hard-earned years of work without some careful financial planning. A national survey of pre-retirees revealed that while “funding a comfortable retirement” was a financial priority there was a gap in confidence between seeing their retirement goals and achieving them. Only half of U.S. investors (53%) surveyed were confident that they will be able to do so. In addition, those in retirement regretted not being better prepared and were looking for ways to improve their current situation. This seminar will focus on both pre-retirees and those already retired. The discussion will include sources of retirement income, best ways to generate income from current savings and how to determine the level of savings you need to generate a desired amount of income in retirement.
Presenter Sally Boyle, a CFP and the principal of SJ Boyle Wealth Planning, is a Registered Investment Advisor in the State of New Hampshire and has over 20 years experience in the field of Financial Planning.
Please call to register in advance for this free seminar. A minimum of 10 participants is required.
HOLIDAY DINNER & YANKEE SWAP
Thursday, December 12, 2013
HOLIDAY DINNER, 12:00 pm
Please join us for our annual Holiday meal at Noon on December 12th.
Menu: Baked Ham, Scalloped Potato, Pineapple Bread Pudding, Holiday Cranberry Chutney, Green Bean Almandine, Devils Food Peppermint Cake. Advance sign-up is required, 457-3277.
YANKEE SWAP, 1:00 pm
After this special dinner, continue the holiday fun at our annual Yankee Swap. If you can, please bring in a gently used, wrapped item to add to our collection of gifts. You never know what you’ll go home with!
A Child’s Christmas in Wales,
by Dylan Thomas, Read by Ham Gillett
Tuesday, December 17, 1:00 pm
A Child’s Christmas in Wales was first published in Harper’s Bazaar some fifty years ago. It is a showcase for Dylan Thomas’s genius for language and remains the poet’s most popular prose work to this day. Don’t miss this memorable holiday event.
December Birthday Day Music
Thursday, December 19, 1:00pm
Musician Kerry Rosenthal will play new and familiar tunes on her guitar and sing a variety of folk, country, and classic favorites.
Join us in the living room after birthday lunch on the 19th.
Phantom of the Opera, Movie showing at the Thompson Center
Friday, December 27, 1:00pm
Enjoy Broadway’s longest running musical in the comfortable living room of the Thompson Center. For 25 years Phantom has been the Broadway musical all others are measured against. It is a timeless story, with an unforgettable score and spellbinding effects. Please sign up in advance, so we can plan for “goodies.”
DO YOU NEED A LIFELINE?
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:00 pm
Presented by Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center Lifeline Program
Lifeline Specialist Tara Eaglestone will be talking about the Lifeline experience and explain how Lifeline can support independent living for older adults. She will discuss the current products, including new wireless Home Safe equipment for people who have given up their landline phone service, how and when they work, and how to get them. Different models of Lifeline products will be available to try on.
If you cannot make the presentation but would like more information, please call toll free 1-888-699-4034.
For Health and Balance
Beginner Level (B) ~ Wednesdays, 9:30—10:30AM
Beginners and moderately experienced students will enjoy this series, which will explore seated, standing in place, and moving tai chi. The class uses forms that are based on the Sun style tai chi---the youngest of the tai chi families and the style most oriented towards health. Clinical studies have shown that tai chi helps improve balance and reduce falls. In fact, the Center for Disease Control recommends tai chi for fall prevention.
Advanced Level (Adv.) ~ Wednesdays, 10:40
This class is for those who have already learned the Sun Style “tai chi for arthritis and fall prevention,” parts 1 and 2. The class will continue to review these forms and will explore Yang 24 forms. The instructor Anne Bower can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 457-2877 or website: www.annebower.com.
Cost for series of 8 classes: $40.00 - see the newsletter or call for current session dates
ONGOING PROGRAMS & CLASSES
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Ongoing, on the third Wednesday of each month, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Support and education can make a critical difference for family members and caregivers of patients with memory loss or disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Please join our confidential monthly support group (with complimentary lunch) and share ideas, concerns, and constructive feedback with others facing similar challenges.
Kripalu Yoga, with Annie Frates
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:00PM
This gentle yoga class is for everyone----standers, sitters, experienced and inexperienced. Annie will guide the class through a variety of yoga exercises that will help people gain flexibility, improve posture and spine health, develop strength, and increase breath awareness. Annie Frates is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Cost: $5.00 per class.
Please sign up by noon on Tuesdays so we can guarantee a minimum of five students.
Heart to Heart discussion group
2nd Friday of the month, 1pm
If you’ve missed Remember When and Talk and Listen, we have a new discussion group, called “Heart to Heart.” Heart to Heart is facilitated by Katrin Tchana and meets on the second Friday of every month.
In “Heart to Heart” we will take a look at the different pieces of our lives, like a jigsaw puzzle, and think about how they fit together to make up the big picture. ome share how your experiences of friendship have shaped your life, and listen to what they have meant for other people. We look forward to hearing your stories! Everyone is welcome.
Chair Massages at the Thompson
10:00am to noon, Wednesdays
Beat the winter blues with a relaxing chair massage. Licensed massage therapists will be available at the Thompson three times each month (on the1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday of each month. Reminder: Foot Care Clinic with Mary Wood is on the 3rd Wednesday). The benefits of having a massage on a regular basis are numerous. See for yourself!
Please call in advance to schedule your 20 minute massage.
Cost: 20 minute massage/$20.00
10:15 AM - Noon
In this informal group, we encourage one another as we record stories that may otherwise be lost or forgotten. Each person has an opportunity to read aloud one to two pages each week often triggering group memories and lively discussion. No pressure… reading is optional!
Strength & Fitness
Weekly classes, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9 to 10:00AM
This popular class is led by certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, Liz Hatfield. Liz incorporates aerobic, stretching, strength and weight bearing exercises. The benefits of these exercises include bone building, balance, and overall coordination.
Cost: $3.00/class or 12 classes for $30 on a punch card.
Foot Care Clinic
with Mary Wood
Monthly, 9 am - 2:30 pm,
on the 2nd Friday & 3rd Wednesday
Mary Wood, our wonderful retired RN runs the foot clinic. Call 457-3277 to schedule a half hour appointment with Mary between 9 - 2:30 pm on the 2nd Friday or the 3rd Wednesday of each month (see the calendar for dates). Your feet will thank you! Cost: $15
Wellness Clinic &
Blood Pressure Screenings
Every 4th Tuesday
10:00 AM - Noon
Wellness clinics (blood pressure & consultation) with Michelle Chiesa, RN, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10-noon.