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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.

Tai Chi's Slow, Gentle Exercise Great for Fall Prevention, Mind and Body Health

~ New Fall Session ~

Wednesdays, September 17 to October 22,

10:00 to 11:00 am

Those of us who enjoy tai chi's slow, gentle movements find our balance improves, and so do our coordination, blood pressure, even our sleep. We enjoy the companionship of our classmates as we help each other learn the various movements and undertake the discipline of learning something new.

Some people think--tai chi's not for me. It's too slow, it's too strange. But talk to people who do tai chi and you discover that the slowness is part of what helps improve balance and strength, that the strangeness disappears once you've had a few classes. After all--anything new can feel strange at first!

Now that the Centers for Disease Control has shown that our Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention form is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of falling, more and more people are signing up for tai chi. We encourage you to give it a try.

We're changing the format of our class at the Thompson Center to incorporate some qi gong (coordinated breathing and stretching) forms and some fun exercises that introduce tai chi principles. We'll continue learning the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention form during a major part of our sessions.

Instructors Anne Bower and Jane Philpin will lead beginners and more experienced participants working together during class, but at times we'll break into smaller groups as well.

Cost: $30 for new 6 week session

For more information on how tai chi can benefit you, contact Anne Bower at, or check out her website:


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





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  


for everyone!
 Garden Talk
Tai Chi with Anne Bower


Tea at the Jackson House
For more information, please call (802) 457-3277, or email