Updates and Announcements
We are all “Aging at Home” but if you’re living independently in your own house, you may be faced with particular challenges to remain safe and confident.
We heard your needs in more than 500 responses to our Aging at Home survey, and we’re thrilled to share details about the plans we’ve developed over the past year.
Join us on Wednesday, October 25th, 10:30 am, at The Thompson Center, to hear about:
- One number to call for all aging at home resources and referrals
- “Days of Service” to assist with odd jobs
- “Quick Fixes” for help with things like changing a hard to reach light bulb or smoke detector battery
- Transportation ideas being analyzed
The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to vote on and welcome new board members and associate members, celebrate achievements, and review year end (unaudited) financial statements.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 20th, 457-3277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The Thompson Center
99 Senior Lane
Woodstock, ,VT 05091
Join us following the meeting for lunch at noon. Menu: Hearty Turkey Vegetable Noodle Soup, Cottage Cheese, Roll, Green Salad and Pear Ginger Crumble.
September is recognized nationally as Senior Center month. This year’s theme, “Senior Centers: Masters of Aging!” highlights the many ways that senior centers lead their aging communities and inspire individuals to master this phase of life and thrive!
Whether it is taking an exercise class, attending a social event, participating in memoir group or a painting class, or by having a meal or volunteering at The Thompson, you are enriching your experience of aging and empowering yourself to have a full, active and enjoyable life as a “Master of Aging!”
Join us on September 22nd at our noon meal as we celebrate National Senior Center Month with Chicken BBQ, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, and Ice Cream with guest BBQ Chef, Nate Willard and family. We’ll have raffles, music, horseshoes, and cornhole at 1:00 pm. RSVP 457-3277.
Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
While The Thompson provides programs and services year-round, Older Americans Month 2017 offers an opportunity to emphasize the way older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages. Throughout the month, The Thompson will conduct activities and share information in celebration of older Americans.
Join us for lunch on Thursday, May 11 as we celebrate Older Americans Month. The menu includes lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread, spiced peach cobbler. RSVP
MARCH FOR MEALS!
A Nationwide Celebration Of Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Each March, The Thompson Center participates in “March For Meals,” a national campaign held during the month of March initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels America (www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org), to raise awareness about senior hunger and nutrition, and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Volunteers for the Thompson deliver between 30 – 35 meals each day (Monday through Friday) to seniors throughout the towns of Woodstock, Bridgewater, Barnard and Pomfret. Last year we delivered 8,424 Meals on Wheels.
The highlights of our March for Meals events this year:
- Community Champions Day, Friday, March 24th – town officials and local celebrities nationwide are asked to deliver meals during the nationally recognized week of March 20 through 24.
- Our 3rd annual Thank You Walk on March 8th. Join us at 1:30 pm as we “March” down Central Street to deliver special “Thank You’s” to local businesses for their support throughout the year.
- Watch for our Meals on Wheels column in the Vermont Standard and visit our Facebook page for pictures and testimonials from our recipients and volunteers.
- Pomfret residents: The Thompson will be providing lunch at The Pomfret town meeting again this year on Tuesday, March 7th, at the town hall. Enjoy a delicious soup, sandwich, and cookie prepared by our talented chef, and support the Thompson Meal program too!
Celebrating 25 Great Years at The Thompson and Looking Forward to Many More!
Join us at our 25th Annual Meeting in this building as we celebrate our accomplishments and look towards what the future holds. Outgoing Board President, Tom Weschler, will be sharing the exciting survey results from our “Aging at Home Survey.” Nearly 90% of people age 65+ report that they wish to stay at home as they age! The goal of the Survey is to help identify gaps in needed services that aide in aging at home in our communities. From home repair needs, to transportation, or computer support, we know that there are things missing that could really help people age more successfully in their home. We’ll use the results from the survey to help develop needed services with other partners and to guide our own strategic planning and future mission. It’s been a great 25 years in this building, but what’s next on our horizon? Give your input and come hear what others have to say at our Annual Meeting on October 26 at 10:30 am. RSVP to 457-3277.
Surveys are being collected until September 30th, so please complete and return the survey included in your newsletter if you haven’t already. It can also be found on our website.
The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to vote on and welcome new board members and associate members, and pick up a copy of our Annual Report that includes information about operations and achievements at The Thompson during the year and includes recognition of donors, supporting foundations, grant awards, and year end (unaudited) financial statements.
Please join us following the meeting for lunch at noon.
Menu: Tossed salad, Multi-grain Spaghetti & meatballs, Garlic bread, Fruit Crisp.
With very limited public transportation in our rural area, getting around can be tricky, especially if you’ve given up your keys (21% of Vermonters over the age of 65 no longer drive).
Did you know that the Thompson transportation program provides on average 315 rides each month?
Here are some important details about our transportation opportunities:
Local transportation to and from your home to The Thompson Center and other local stops are provided Monday through Friday between 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Please call the Center by 8:30 am to request rides for that day. Local stops can be arranged daily with the driver, and longer grocery shopping trips to Mac’s are accommodated on Wednesdays and Fridays. Suggested minimum donation: $1 per ride ($2 round trip)
Medical Rides daily to and from appointments to all Upper Valley providers can be arranged through the Thompson vehicles or with a volunteer driver. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for scheduling. When scheduling your medical appointments, please be aware that we try to arrange Lebanon/Dartmouth-Hitchcock trips on Tuesday/Thursday. Suggested minimum donation per medical ride round trip): $10
West Lebanon Shopping Trips depart from the Thompson Center on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 am on the Stagecoach van (returning at approximately 12:15 pm). Stops at various locations throughout W. Leb. can be arranged with the driver on the day of the trip. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance and a minimum of 3 riders must be booked. All ages welcome. The Thompson funds these trips with Stagecoach so any donation is greatly appreciated.
Please contact our Outreach Manager, Paula Audsley, with any questions or to schedule a ride. 457-3277
Please note: Although we give priority to seniors and disabled and those in our service area, we try to accommodate others on our routes whenever possible.