Newsletter folding will return in person on Monday, July 19 at 8:30 am. Refreshments will be served. Volunteers are needed.
Language groups, Mahjong, Bridge and other groups are welcome back. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a space or be on the calendar.
Special Events & Programs in Order by Date
President Clinton’s Birthplace
A virtual program presented by the Senior Learning Network at The Thompson Center
Tuesday, July 20, 2:00 pm
How did a home in Hope, Arkansas impact a future President of the United States? Join park rangers at the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site for a short program to learn more about the factors that influenced William Jefferson Clinton to be devoted to his family, to value educational opportunity for all people, and to be committed to social justice and equality.
Please note that this will be a group viewing and individual zoom links for home viewing cannot be provided. Call The Thompson Center to reserve your seat.
Welcome Back Reunion
Friday, July 23, 12:00 pm
Our time to fully celebrate your return and to say thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters is finally here! Please join us for a Caribbean-themed lunch, followed by an ice-cream social, and music by Island Time Steel Band. Reservations required.
Bird ER, A Presentation by VINS
New date! Tuesday, August 17, 1:00 pm, in-house at The Thompson
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a wild bird rehabilitator? What does it take to care for and treat the injured birds at VINS? This program will give you a window in daily life at VINS’s Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation. You’ll learn how patients are admitted, diagnosed, treated, and released, and even meet some of our former patients, who are now education ambassadors! Hear the stories of how we get these amazing creatures back on their wings in the wild!
Please call The Thompson Center to register.
Truman Presidential Library and Museum
A Virtual Program Presented by the Senior Learning Network at The Thompson Center
Tuesday, August 17, 2:00 pm
Please note that this will be a group viewing and individual zoom links for home viewing cannot be provided. So leave the technology issues to us and watch with friends in the comfort of The Thompson.
Call The Thompson to reserve your seat.
Recipes for Reading – A Presentation and Discussion
Thursday, August 26, 1:00 pm
Join Anne Bower on to discuss the cookbooks you love to read. Some of them tell stories about growing up, many are praise songs for a place or community, others tell history or give us the power to imagine ourselves more glamorous than we are. The pictures and writing in many a cookbook take us to exotic places. Some feel like short story collections, some are poetic, some tell of struggles.
Anne will offer examples of cookbooks she’s found especially “good reads” and explain why. Of course, we cook from recipe books, but really–sometimes they’re just wonderful reading!
Please bring along your favorite cookbook “reads” to share.
Are you tired of products that feel like they aren’t made for you? Would you like to help make new products that are actually usable and useful?
Join us for Shark Tank, a new program inspired by the popular TV series where you will be the “sharks” and provide feedback on new product ideas and guide entrepreneurs on how to improve their concepts so they work for older adults. Share your voice and inspire another generation to build products that work for you! Our entrepreneurs are experienced product developers who’ve built their careers at both large and small companies across numerous industries.
NOTE: you will not be asked to buy, invest, or donate during this program. Instead, you will simply be asked to share your feedback and unique perspectives.
Participation is limited to 6, please register by calling Shari at The Thompson and let us know if you have any questions about this interesting new program. We hope you can join us for the fun!
AARP Smart Driver Class
This 4.5 hour refresher course is open to all drives 50 years and older
Monday, September 13, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Lunch Break 12:00 – 1:00
Cost: $20 for AARP members, $25 for all others
Pre-registration is required by calling The Thompson
The curriculum addresses the normal physical changes brought on by the aging process, how these changes can affect driving ability and then offers ways to compensate for those changes. The course also addresses changes in vehicles, regulations and roads. Participants will also learn how to interact with other road users, including truckers, bikers, pedestrians and distracted drivers. The class will address Vermont driving regulations, many of which have changed over the years. Many insurance companies offer a discount to drivers who have completed the class. Drivers who have qualified for a discount by taking the course must take a refresher course every 3 years. There are no tests.
Save the Date!
Look for a new Age Well at Home series at The Thompson Center In September and October.
Life Transitions: Home vs. Move Discussion
Tuesday, September 21 from 4 pm—5:30 pm
How to Hire a Caregiver & Resource Fair
Tuesday, October 19 from 4 pm –6 pm
Ongoing Programs in Order by Date
Cornhole & Horseshoes
Friday at 1:00 pm
Advance Directive Assistance
Trained and caring volunteers are available to assist you with creating your advance directive at The Thompson Center on the second Monday of the month, by appointment, 1:00 and 2:00 pm time slots.
Please call Shari at 457-3277 to schedule an appointment.
Coffee Talk – will be on pause during August
Mondays at 9:00 am
Dial in to 1-802-448-5745 and connect with us. You never know who will be on the other end of the line or where our happy chatter may lead.
Please note that coffee is always on in the morning at The Thompson. Come in for a cup, bring a friend, and enjoy our front porch or any comfortable place to relax and chat.
Join us For a Walk on the Ottauquechee River Trail
Mondays, 11:00 am for a 45 minute walk
The walk will begin promptly at 11:00 am and please allow extra time for downtown Woodstock construction traffic.
Meet at East End Park, Maxham Meadow Way, adjacent to the Ottauquechee River for a walk on the Ottauquechee River Trail.
Carla Kamel’s walking group has gotten a great response! Join her for a leisurely, brisk walk for fresh air, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing. Walks can be expanded and varied depending on interest. Ample parking is available. Bring a friend!
Please Note: Masks will be required at all times. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. On inclement weather days, please call or email The Thompson Senior Center in the morning for updates. For further information call The Thompson at 802-457-3277 or email email@example.com.
Caregiver Support Group
2nd Tuesday of each month
We welcome participants back to The Thompson in June to gather outdoors in The Thompson Tent. This gathering remains a safe place to share ideas, concerns, and constructive feedback with others facing similar challenges.
A complimentary bagged lunch will be provided at time of registration. Newcomers are always welcome.
Reflexology at The Thompson
Enjoy Reflexology to Relax, Rejuvenate, & Reboot Your Whole Body
Now scheduling for Tuesday, August 10 Please call for more availability
Certified Reflexologist Deborah Neuhof has resumed appointments at The Thompson. Please call Shari to confirm a morning appointment beginning at 9:00 am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. $35 for 30 minute hand or foot treatment or $65 for 60 minutes.
Please wear loose fitting clothing and arrive a few minutes early to complete a health & disclaimer form. Face coverings are required while in The Thompson building but not during your treatment.
Friday mornings, 10:00 am
Join us at the Center or dial 1-802-448-5745 to connect and play by phone. Bingo players are also welcome to return to The Thompson to play on weekday mornings. Please call Shari for room availability.
Virtual programing offered by New Hampshire’s AVA Gallery
Fridays, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Get a glimpse into the creative minds of individual artists as they take you through the art making process – from beginning with a blank canvas or raw materials, through all the decisions they make about themes, materials, media, colors, techniques, and other aspects of their art making. Free one-hour Zoom programs each week with different artists giving demonstrations and presentations on their work, every Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Weekly programs will be announced in Friday’s eNews or visit their website.
Foot Clinic at The Thompson
with Beverly Sinclair, RN
July 8, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: $30 payable by cash or check. Towels are supplied.
Call for your appointment
Beverly Sinclair has been a practicing registered nurse for 22 years with extensive experience as a staff nurse and in nurse management. She has been providing local foot care service for older Vermonters for the past 6 years.
Individual Benefits Assistance—
Medicare, Medicaid, Food & Fuel Assistance
One on One Meetings are available at the Thompson Center
August 9 & 30, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
The Windsor Community Health Clinic (WCHC) is available for 1:1 appointments at The Thompson Center. A staff member can answer your individual questions about Medicaid, Medicare parts A, B, and D, food and fuel assistance, and dental and medication help. Although now they are offering in person appointments, WCHC staff continue to offer assistance over the phone or via Zoom.
To schedule a one on one, in person appointment, please call the Thompson at 802-457-3277 or WCHC directly if you have any questions about Medicaid, Medicare, food or fuel assistance, dental or medication help at 802-674-7213.
Note: WCHC cannot answer questions about supplemental insurance; Medigap insurance or Advantage plans but other resources are available by calling Shari at The Thompson.