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Foot Health

Presented by Podiatric Surgeon Samantha Harris

Tuesday, November 4 at 1 pm

Gifford Medical Center podiatric surgeon Dr. Samantha Harris joins us to discuss foot health, disorders of the feet and shoe gear.

Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and ankle from ingrown toenails and diabetic foot care to reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Harris is one of four Gifford podiatrists practicing in three locations – Sharon, Randolph and Berlin.

A graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Harris completed her residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. After completing her training, she returned to her native Tennessee to practice before joining Gifford this summer.

She works out of the Gifford Health Center at Berlin and provides all types of foot and ankle care. Dr. Harris enjoyed a previous career as a physical therapist, enabling herself with a broad knowledge of the body.


 Shirt Decorating with Mary Wood

Friday, November 7, 9:00 - 11:30 am

Cost: $5.00

All you need to bring is a tee shirt or sweatshirt of your choice and Mary will supply the paints and decals. This is a fun and creative get together so bring your ideas and create your own design. Advance sign up requested.

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:




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