Upcoming Special Events:
A Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing,
presented by Kirby Dunn
Tuesday, April 22, 1:00pm
Homesharing is a simple idea where two or more people share a home to their mutual benefit, just like an old fashioned barter system. It is a way for someone with a spare room in their home to offer housing for another person, in exchange for services or monetary support. Each homesharing situation is different, ranging from a straight rental, to 100% barter for services. Services can include help with yard work, grocery shopping, or meal preparation. The key to a successful homeshare is finding a compatible match. The Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing walks people through the entire process---from placing an ad, to interviewing techniques, to developing a match agreement. The guidebook also offers suggestions on how to prevent problems before they occur.
HomeShare Vermont has over thirty years experience making homesharing matches in the Champlain Valley. It is a non-profit organization and a member agency of the United Way of Chittenden County. Kirby Dunn has been the Executive Director of HomeShare Vermont for 15 years.
Introduction to Lumosity
April 30, 12:45 to 1:45PM
Lumosity is a leader in the science of brain training, collaborating with researchers from 36 top Universities around the world. Published studies have documented the positive effects of Lumosity on brain development. Let us help you get started building your personalized training program. Vicki Strousse is a two year veteran in the use of Lumosity and she admits to being “addicted”. She will walk you through the program in one or more sessions, with the goal of having you work independently with confidence.
Come learn how to challenge your brain with a scientifically designed program!
Please sign up in advance by calling the Thompson Center at 457- 3277
Older Americans Month Luncheon
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:00pm
All patrons are invited to the Center for a time of celebration, recognition, and door prizes during lunch.
Menu: Tossed salad, spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread, vegetable medley, fresh fruit salad.
Please sign-up in advance by calling 457-3277.
Presented by Vermont Attorney General’s Office and AARP Vermont
Wednesday, May 7, 1:00 to 2:30pm
Don’t be a target…or a victim!
Every 3 seconds someone’s identity is stolen! Vermonters are being targeted every day by all types of scams. People over 50 are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims. Whether it’s bogus investment deals, the Grandparent Scam, e-mail ploys, lottery scams, or the newest ID Theft scheme - sophisticated con-artists are busy at work coming up with new ways to get you to hand over your hard-earned money. It’s important to keep up to date on the latest scams and schemes to help protect you and the people you care about.
Join representatives from the Vermont Attorney General’s office and AARP Vermont for tips, information and discussion on the latest scams and how to protect yourself from becoming the next victim. Please RSVP to 457-3277.
May 6, 13, 1:00 to 3:00pm
If you are approaching age 65 and you have questions concerning how to sign up for Medicare, help is available at no cost. Medicare Counseling by a Vermont SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) Medicare Counselor from Senior Solutions is provided at The Thompson Center every month on an as-needed basis. Call The Thompson at 457-3277 for available dates in April for your free one-hour consultation appointment. All new or current Medicare beneficiaries should bring the following:
1. A Medicare card if you have one
2. Any other health insurance cards: Ex: EGHP plans, retiree plans, COBRA etc.; A copy of other health insurance plans if requesting comparison to Medicare costs.
3. A list of prescription medications including drug name, the dosage amount and quantity of medication for a month’s use.
4. Monthly income and assets to see if there is eligibility for any assistance programs such as the Medicare Savings Program, VPharm or Medicaid.
Spring Cleaning Series:
BE INFORMED AND PLAN AHEAD
Is a Reverse Mortgage Right For You?
Presented by Kathy Burns
Thursday, May 8, 4:30 to 5:30pm
Kathy Burns, of Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc., will discuss some of the intricacies of this innovative mortgage product. She will share up-to-date information about reverse mortgages, and outline many details of this financing option.
In 2011, the first of the baby boom generation reached what used to be known as retirement age. And, for the next 18 years “boomers” will be turning 65 at a rate of about 8,000 per day (AARP). Many of them will be unprepared for retirement. Learn about the benefits, drawbacks, and misconceptions of reverse mortgages from an experienced professional.
It’s Your Funeral: Do It Your Way
Presented by Lee Webster
Tuesday, May 13, 1:00pm
Today the average American funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000. Instead of burdening loved ones with making uninformed financial decisions while under duress, take the time to plan ahead. Learn how you can make plans that will help your family and friends know exactly what you want. You’ll find out the truth about many funeral misconceptions, how to navigate funeral homes, what goes into family-led after death care, what your legal rights and responsibilities are, and about burial options, including “green” funerals.
Lee Webster is the Director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy and Vice President of the National Funeral Home Alliance. She is a native Vermonter and well versed in Vermont law, as well.
Downsizing a Lifetime: A Gift for One’s Family
Presented by Carol Carr
Tuesday, May 27, 1:00pm
Eventually, all households downsize. This presentation will focus on the basics of getting started, including where to begin in your home and how to focus your energy to help lighten the load. “De-cluttering” will be discussed for those who wish to remain in their homes but are burdened by “stuff”.
Carol Carr started her own De-Cluttering business several years ago and it has taken off! We are happy she is taking the time to share her knowledge and experience with us.
ONGOING PROGRAMS & CLASSES
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: email@example.com; 457-2877 or website: www.annebower.com.
Cost for series of 8 classes: $40.00 - see the newsletter or call for current session dates
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.
Mondays at 3:00 pm
and Thursdays at 2:00 pm
The Bone Builders exercise program, developed at Tufts University, addresses bone health for people of all ages. Women especially may have thinning of bones as early as age 40, but men are welcome in this class and will benefit as well.
Bone Builders classes, with instructor Althea Derstine, are ongoing on Monday and Thursday each week. Classes are free. Minimum of six participants required. Please sign up in advance.
Please note: New time on Monday.
Kripalu Yoga, with Annie Frates
Thursdays, 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.
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.