Updates and Announcements
September is National Senior Center Month
Strengthening Community Connections
The National Institute for Senior Centers’ 2022 theme for National Senior Center Month is Strengthening Community Connections. The 10,000 senior centers in communities and neighborhoods across the country provide access to information, opportunities, and support to improve the lives of people in their communities as they age. Senior centers have evolved since their beginning in the 1940s, through their inclusion in the Older Americans Act in 1973, and up to today. But the mission has remained: to be the local, trusted place in the community that connects people to the programs, services, and opportunities they need to age well. Senior centers work with community partners to provide access to health, economic security, social engagement, purpose, creativity, mobility, nutrition—all in a social and fun environment!
This has never been as evident as over the past two and a half years during the coronavirus pandemic. Senior centers continue to be lifelines in the community—helping older adults stay safe, stay active, and stay connected, and, often, serving as core partners in emergency response for the whole community. We learned high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech ways to reach older adults outside the centers’ walls. Now, as we are all learning to live with the pandemic, senior centers are applying these new strategies to reach people where and how they are most comfortable.
This September, join us and senior centers across the nation to celebrate the impact that senior centers have on the communities that they serve. Our Annual Senior Center Month Chicken BBQ will be held on Friday, September 16th, 12:00 pm, with music by The Occasional Jug Band. RSVP Required.
Tips to Avoid Scams and Fraud – Be Aware and Be Informed
Scams and fraud attempts are on the rise and can happen to anyone. Learn how to protect yourself.
As of early June, Attorney General T.J. Donovan is warning Vermonters about a new variation of the family emergency scam in which scammers are demanding that cash be handed over in person to a “courier.” By presenting a fake emergency in which their loved one needs help getting out of trouble, scammers pressure panicked family members, including grandparents, into acting before they can realize it’s a scam. Until recently, scammers took a hands-off approach in collecting money, demanding gift cards, wire transfers, or virtual payments. Now, the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) is receiving reports that scammers are enlisting “couriers” to collect cash directly from unsuspecting family members at their homes to resolve the fake emergency. Vermonters who receive these calls should resist the urge to act immediately and take steps to verify the caller’s identity.
“These scenarios are designed by scammers to be emotional and high pressure,” said Attorney General Donovan. “If you are presented with this type of scenario—pause, hang up the phone, and call a friend or family member to verify. Do not give money to someone coming to your home. Instead, call local law enforcement and the Consumer Assistance Program to identify and report the scam.”
If you or someone you know has lost money to this scam, contact law enforcement and report the scam to CAP at 1-800-649-2424. Learn more about family emergency scams by watching CAP’s Avoiding the Family Emergency Scam video and reviewing steps to verify at https://ago.vermont.gov/cap/family-imposter/ and attend our upcoming program on July 21.
CAP advises Vermonters to slow down and follow a plan to not get scammed. Use the SLOW method in urgent situations.
Information taken in part from www.ago.vermont.gov
Your answers will help us to identify needed services and will be used in planning efforts to allow older adults to age at home in their community. Our last survey, completed in 2016, led to the creation of our Aging at Home support program — now a thriving service that supports hundreds of people each year!
If you are 55+ and live in the greater Woodstock, VT (Thompson service area), please help us plan for the years ahead by completing this survey. It should take about 10 minutes and works best on a computer or tablet device (smartphones may cut off the edges or need to be turned sideways to see all of the content). Paper copies are available at The Thompson or click the link below to access the survey online:
Thompson Chef’s Dinner – Tickets are now sold out
Friday, May 20, 2022, 6pm
All proceeds help to continue the critical work happening at The Thompson. This fundraising dinner is one of three smaller events scheduled for spring and summer 2022 to replace our annual Winter Gala.
Free at-home COVID-19 tests
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free.
Click here to order tests.
The Thompson also has a number of rapid tests available for participants and families.
Precautions & Procedures
It is our goal to remain open to serve our community while doing our best to prevent illness and limit exposures. We need everyone’s help and cooperation to realize this goal. Symptoms of Omicron can be as mild as a runny nose, a headache, or fatigue. If you have any potential COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.
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Older Americans Month 2022:
AGE MY WAY
Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is Age My Way.
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.
While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common things everyone can consider:
Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you. What you can do now; Talk to the Thompson for help in creating your plan to age well at home.
Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities. What you can do now; Check with your church, the Woodstock Job Bank, the Thompson, or any nonprofit for volunteer opportunities.
Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place. What you can do now; Check out AARP’s Home Fit guide online or pick up a copy at the Thompson.
Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community. What you can do now; Make your lunch reservation and check out the variety of events in this newsletter to stay connected.
Stay connected to The Thompson to find resources on aging in place with one number to call for any need. Our Aging at Home program provides a variety of services including vetted service providers, education and outreach, HomeShare, active and engaging classes, and programs, and nutritious and tasty meals. Our Age Well e-newsletter is published every other month and provides readers with information on ways to age well at home and in their community through current and reliable information on health, lifestyle, diet, and resources.
Responding to COVID-19:
Thompson in the news – read more here: TheVermontStandard_4/16/2020
Age Well with The Thompson
Special events, fun exercise classes, interesting programs, tax assistance, free gently-used medical equipment, creative arts programs, and delicious meals are just a few of the things you’ll find at The Thompson Senior Center. Our building, staff, and volunteers provide a welcoming and fun environment for people of many ages and backgrounds to gather. But, we’re even more than what happens at The Thompson. We have the resources and experience to assist you where you want to be, at home.
One number to call for any need — Thompson staff and volunteers are happy to help with any question — from shower chairs to Medicare and everything in between.
Vetted Service Providers
We partner with a wide variety of businesses and individuals to bring you any service you need to AGE WELL at HOME!
We check references and only suggest businesses or individuals who have happily agreed to be an Aging at Home service provider.
Age Well Education Series and Outreach
Monthly educational talks are presented on topics ranging from legal planning, fall prevention, funeral planning options, Smart Driver safety course, nutrition and cooking, downsizing, hospital to home transitions, advance directives, and more.
Our Age Well e-newsletter is published every other month and provides readers with information on ways to age well at home and in their community through current and reliable information on health, lifestyle, diet, and resources. Call or email to sign-up.
We hope you’ll connect with us in the new year and find the inspiration, friendship, support, and fun to make the most out of 2022. Visit us in person, or online at www.thompsonseniorcenter.org, or contact us at (802) 457-3277 or firstname.lastname@example.org