Updates and Announcements
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.
To read more about this click here.
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