Upcoming Special Events:
Update on Lyme Disease
in Vermont 2014
Thursday, August 7, 1:00pm
Vermont Public Health Nurse, Wendy Walsh, will discuss the history and surveillance of a variety of ticks in Vermont and diseases associated with them. Wendy will also discuss the importance of daily tick checks, safe removal of ticks, and how to protect yourself including ways to mitigate your landscape to decrease their presence.
Visit the Thompson booth at
Woodstock Summer Fest!
Get a FREE* Cupcake!
Saturday, August 9, between 10 AM – 5 PM
LIKE us on Facebook or sign up for our EMAIL newsletter to get your FREE CUPCAKE from the Thompson Tower of Cupcakes at Woodstock SummerFest!
Mark your calendar, and visit us early at SummerFest. This great offer is only available while supplies of our yummy cupcakes last!
Celebrate Summer at The Thompson Ice Cream Social
with The Sweet Country Band
Tuesday, August 12, 1:00pm
The Sweet Country band will debut at The Thompson when we celebrate summer with a make your own sundae bar immediately following lunch. Our new van driver Merv Comes (also a member of the Peapicker band) will play the guitar and be joined by band members Lee Deyette and his sister Donna Greg on the fiddle and piano. The trio will perform old country music favorites. Please note that the sundae bar will be in lieu of dessert. Please sign up. Cost: Included in regular lunch cost, or Sundae Bar only $3.00
Low Back Pain – You Can Find Relief
Wednesday, August 13, 1:00PM
Rebecca Nash, Doctor of Physical Therapy, will discuss common low back pain diagnoses, treatment options and strategies for symptom relief, and the importance of abdominal strength for the person with low back pain. A question and answer session will follow.
Dr. Nash practices in Woodstock, Vermont. She is a native Californian who moved to the Woodstock area 4 years ago. She started her own practice so that she could spend more one-on-one time with her patients. She treats people with a variety of diagnoses and specializes in her unique brand of manual therapy.
Piano Recital, with Will Drebitko
Thursday, August 14, 1:00pm
Will is 9 years old and has been studying piano with Sherry Belisle since preschool. Sherry describes him as disciplined with his practice and passionate about his music---especially classical music. He will share information that he finds interesting about his favorite composers and perform several duets with Sherry.
“People should feel privileged to see and hear Will at his present age, because there is no doubt he will be famous someday”! ~ Sherry Belisle
Legal Advice Clinic for People Aged 60 and over
Friday, August 22, 9:00am to noon; 12:30 to 1:30pm
Harvard Attorney, Jacob Speidel, will be available for free legal advice or referrals on a variety of legal problems, including wills, powers of attorney, landlord-tenant issues, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI (or other public benefits), debt collection, consumer issues, guardianship, divorce, foreclosure, small claims, bankruptcy, and other civil legal matters.
Mr. Speidel is an attorney for the Senior Citizens Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid, which sponsors this valuable service.
Please note: Advice cannot be given on criminal cases or problems affecting someone other than you.
Please call to sign up for your free 30 minute appointment.
Wednesday, September 10, 1:00pm
(Note: The group will not meet in July & August)
In September the group will discuss the book, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Reading this best selling psychological thriller about a marriage gone bad is like driving a car---you will read fast, slower, and racing! The author gives you clues along the way that make you change your mind continually. Your assignment is to write your own ending. Beryl Spencer will lead the discussion. You have all summer to read this novel.
The book group welcomes newcomers!
Bridgewater Woolen Mill - Artifacts, Photos and Discussion
Wednesday, September 10, 1:00pm
The Bridgewater Historical Society recently prepared an exhibit titled, “The Bridgewater Woolen Mill: The Fabric of a Community.” The exhibit, which was recently displayed at the Vermont History Exposition in Tunbridge, Vermont, has received a lot of attention. Ernest Kendall attended the Expo because his father, Charles, designed textiles and managed products for the mill for several decades.
The mill, built around 1825, is one of the oldest buildings in Bridgewater. It was a cotton mill before it later became a woolen textile mill where uniforms and blankets were made for soldiers in World War I and World War II. It closed in 1973 due to floodwaters that destroyed the dye room.
Bridgewater Historical Society’s President, Polly Timken, and Vice President, Jeannette Sawyer, will be on hand to share various artifacts and photos of the mill, including a large photo of the mill employees taken around 1942---with names attached. They, along with Ernest Kendall, will invite comments, questions, and stories.
Early Stage Memory Support Group
This summer a new group will be starting at The Thompson Center for those diagnosed with an early stage memory disorder, co-facilitated by Susan Moor and Katrin Tchana. Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders, can now be diagnosed earlier in the disease process than ever before sometimes when people have very few symptoms. This support group will give participants an opportunity to meet others with similar issues, learn how to manage symptoms, and gain support. Care partners are encouraged to attend as well.
Susan has been working in the field of dementia since 2005. She was the Social Services Manager for an adult day health program in Massachusetts and later held the title of Early Stage Program Coordinator with the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has facilitated a variety of support groups over the course of seven years and trained others to facilitate groups.
Katrin is one of the Care Coordinators and works as a part of the Community Health Team at the Ottauquechee Health Center. She works with community members throughout the Ottauquechee region to promote wellness and help older people age in place. She has a MSW degree and is one of the facilitators of the Thompson Center’s Caregiver Support Group.
If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Katrin Tchana at the Ottauquechee Health Center (802) 457-5414, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Chair Massages at the Thompson
10:00am to noon, Wednesdays
Please call in advance to schedule your 20 minute massage. Ongoing, Mondays,
Licensed massage therapists are available by appointment 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!
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!
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.
Horseshoes, Mondays at 1pm
Bridge, Mondays at 1pm
Double King Pede - Tuesdays at 10am
Scrabble, Tuesdays at 1pm
Cribbage, Thursdays at 10am
Bingo, daily at 10:30am