For a list of all exercise related classes and activities, visit our Active Aging page
Age Well at Home Series at The Thompson Center
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
This series includes a panel discussions with area experts and is being offered in partnership with Mt Ascutney Hospital, the Ottauquechee Health Foundation, and The Thompson.
Please Preregister by calling The Thompson, 802-457-3277
Seasonal Drive-Thru Clinic Offered by VNH of Vermont and New Hampshire
Tuesday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Located behind The Thompson Center at Heritage Condos – no appointment necessary
- Limited Supply of high-dose vaccine available.
- No cost to those with commercial insurance, Medicaid, or no insurance. Please bring your Medicare Part B insurance card if you have one.
- To find flu clinics at other locations, click here or call 888.300.8853.
Individual Benefits Assistance – Medicare, Medicaid, Food & Fuel Assistance
One on One Meetings are available at the Thompson Center
September 30, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 21, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 28, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 4, 12, 18, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
December 2, 9:00 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. In the meantime please reach out the 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 insurances; Medigap insurance or Advantage plans but other resources are available by calling Shari at The Thompson.
Medicare Classes for Those New to Medicare
Virtual Presentations Offered by Senior Solutions
October 14, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Senior Solutions staff provides unbiased information about the Medicare system. These virtual presentations are presented using zoom.
The classes are for Vermonters who reside in Windsor and Windham counties and are new to Medicare. Family members who help these beneficiaries may also find it useful. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and these Medicare classes help prepare participants to make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues. Topics covered also include error, abuse and fraud, as well as financial assistance programs.
Pre-registration is required by calling the Senior Helpline at 802-885-2669. Individual Medicare counseling is also available at The Thompson, call for the schedule and to sign-up in advance.
How Medicare, Medicare Supplemental, and Medicare Advantage Plans Can Work For You
Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 pm
Andrew Hayward from Gateway Retirement Solutions has been working with retirees and clients since 2007, advising people on navigating retirement, and their health care options. His talk will include:
- Medicare A and B overview
- Medicare Part D Prescription plans
- Medicare Supplemental plans
- Medicare Advantage plans
Pre-registration is requested but walk-ins are also welcome.
Foot Clinic at The Thompson Center with Beverly Sinclair, RN
September 30 & October 14, 9:00 – 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.
Reflexology at The Thompson!
Enjoy Reflexology to Relax, Rejuvenate, & Reboot Your Body
October 12 & 26, 9-3 pm
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 during your treatment.
THE POWER OF A POWER OF ATTORNEY
A virtual Presentation
November 9, 1:00 pm
A legal Power of Attorney document can be a powerful tool to safeguard your financial wellbeing, but it can also lead to serious consequences if not done correctly. Attorney Leah Burdick will explain the ins and outs of what a Power of Attorney document is, how it is created, and what it means to be a named agent in a Power of Attorney under Vermont law. Leah Burdick, Esq. is an Elder Law attorney within the Elder Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. Her practice areas include advanced planning for aging, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, housing, and individual rights. Please register through the Thompson to receive your Zoom link.
The Thompson Aging at Home Program can now help facilitate Homesharing!
Homesharing is a simple idea where two or more people share a home for mutual benefit. A person offers a private bedroom and shared common space in exchange for rent, help around the home or a combination of the two. After conducting background and reference checks, we will work to find the most compatible match possible based on your interests, needs, and lifestyle. There are no age or income restrictions to be eligible for the program.
Contact Shari at the Thompson at 802-457-3277 or email@example.com
Caregiver Support Group
Ongoing on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
We welcome participants to The Thompson where this gathering remains a safe place to share ideas, concerns, and constructive feedback with others facing similar challenges. Newcomers are always welcome.
A complimentary lunch will be provided with advance registration.
Senior Solutions Tablet Program – A Great Opportunity to Get Connected
Are you yearning to connect to the internet for your telehealth appointments and connections with others but don’t have a device? Senior Solutions is assisting older Vermonters with obtaining devices (Fusion tablets) and offering technical support through instruction and training. Help is available for you to set up your computer, create an email address and train you on some of the programs. Comcast offers a low cost option called Internet Essentials for internet access and you don’t have to be a Comcast customer. Call Pam at The Thompson for more information on how to get connected or the Senior Helpline at 802-885-2669.
Technical Assistance Available at The Thompson or in Your Home
If you have questions about a device that you are using, help is available on a fee for service basis by a qualified local individual. Please call Shari to learn more.
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.
Prescription Delivery Service Now Available
Sarah Lamb, Formerly of Woodstock Pharmacy, has started a business to assist those in getting prescriptions and essentials from Upper Valley pharmacies. For fee and delivery information please contact her at:
COVID Support Counseling
COVID Support VT is excited to announce that they have three Support Counselors, now available Mondays-Fridays, 8am-8pm, to provide emotional support, connections to community resources and to be a listening ear. Support Counselors are available by calling 2-1-1. All support calls are anonymous and free.
To learn more about COVID Support VT, visit their webpage at www.covidsupportvt.org.
Need Help with Online Meeting Programs?
COVE is offering help!
If you are feeling unsure of how to connect to Zoom, WebEx or other online platforms, COVE can help. We will set up a time to do a 1-on-1 call with you to help you navigate the system and learn how to connect. Online meeting platforms can be intimidating, and knowing how to do what and when can overwhelm any of us. Please reach out and we will set up a time to do a walk through and trial run on the system you are trying to use. Stay Connected! To set up a 1-on-1, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 595-9872.
Stay Connected and Stay Safe during COVID-19
Join the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) every other Wednesday for a discussion of the latest information about scams, fraud, and general safety. We will share what we know and do our best to answer your questions. Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones during this public health crisis.
Have questions you’d like to ask ahead of time? Need help getting connected ? Email: email@example.com
Join by Phone by Calling: 408-428-9388; Access Code: 298 225 125