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 email@example.com, or check out her website: www.annebower.com
FREE HEARING SCREENINGS
Friday, September 19,
9:00am - 2:30pm
Hearing Care Specialist Chris Gulick returns to The Thompson to offer thorough hearing examinations and hearing instrument demonstrations. Please sign up for your 30 minute appointment. 457-3277
~STAY STEADY VERMONT~
A Falls Prevention Awareness Program
Presented by Mt. Ascutney Hospital Rehabilitation Services
Wednesday, September 24, 1-3 pm
Are you worried about falling? One in three adults age 65 and older fall each year. The Vermont American Physical Therapy Association wants to help reduce your risk for falling! During September, National Falls Awareness Month, the Vermont APTA will present "Stay Steady Vermont", free balance screening events for adults over 65 throughout the state. Each event will offer an informational session followed by individual balance screenings by licensed Physical Therapists using the CDC-approved STEADI criteria.
Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Contact Linda Hazard, PT at Mt. Ascutney Hospital 802-674-7295 if you have any questions. Participants can participate in a brief balance screening and receive recommendations based on the results. Pre-registration is needed to ensure that time is allotted for screening. For more information and to register, please call The Thompson at 457-3277.
Seasonal Flu Clinic
Tuesday, September 30,
9 - 12:00 pm
This walk-in flu clinic is sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire and is open to all adults 18 and older. The flu vaccination is free for individuals with Medicare Part B insurance - please bring your card. The fee for all others is $25. For more information, call the Center at 457-3277.
An Evening At The Thompson
With Robert Hager
~Top Ten Stories~
From the Vietnam War to the fall of the Berlin Wall to 9/11
Tuesday, October 7, 5:30 Dinner, 6:30 Presentation
Woodstock native and former NBC News analyst and correspondent, Robert Hager, recounts the stories behind the stories of the ten most noteworthy news events he covered during his 35 year career with NBC. Mr. Hager’s talk will include video excerpts from three decades of historic events that he covered around the world. News footage will bring us back to the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Air France crash that spelled the end of the supersonic Concorde, the nuclear crisis at Three Mile Island, and more.
Dinner Menu: Roast Pork, Spicy Apple Chutney, Mashed Citrus Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Chard. Gingerbread Pear Cake
RSVP & advance payment required. Cost: $25, BYOB
Medicare D ~ Annual Open Enrollment
Informational Event Presented by Senior Solutions
Wednesday, October 8, 1 - 2:30 pm
This event will help you make informed choices about keeping or changing your Medicare Drug plan, and/or Medicare Advantage plan. The Open Enrollment period is from October 15th – December 7th each year. Plan EARLY as this is the time to review your coverage.
Example of questions you might be asking yourself:
Will my Medicare Part D plan be the same in 2015 as it was in 2014?
How will I know what changes my plan is making for 2014?
If I decide to change plans, how and when should I do it?
Senior Solutions - State Health Insurance Program will have up to date information to guide you. You can bring your Medicare Drug plan card with you and you will learn what the information on it means to you and your Pharmacist. Please call Senior Solutions at 1-800-642-5117 to register or The Thompson at 457-3277; advance registration appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost: Donations to Senior Solutions appreciated.