Wellness Clinic & Blood Pressure Screenings
4th Thursday of each month, 10 am –12 pm with Foot Clinic 12:30 – 3:00 pm by appointment
On your next visit to The Thompson Wellness Clinic, please welcome our new Clinic nurse, Connie Powell. Connie has been a nurse for 19 years and started her career as a cardiac nurse in a hospital. She continues to teach nursing students in addition to her working a busy clinic schedule with the VNA/VNH. Her new position enables her to fulfill her passion of contributing to communities. Connie will also provide foot clinic hours, by appointment, in addition to Mary Wood. Please support our monthly Wellness Clinic by checking in with Connie for a wellness check.
Water Aerobics Class
Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, July 26 – Sept. 27
1:30 – 2:15 pm, Cost: $80 for 10 week class
The Thompson Center will provide shuttle service to and from class if needed. Please register in
advance by calling 457-3277. Payment is due at time of reservation and must be received prior to the start of class series.
Provided by Upper Valley Rehab Physical Therapists
Wednesday, July 24 & August 14, 8:30 – 10:30 by appointment
Falls are not a normal part of aging and can result in more serious injuries over time, but the risks can be reduced by working on all the possible causes.
Upper Valley Rehab will be offering a Fall Prevention Clinic at the Thompson Center and will provide free comprehensive fall risk Screenings for people who have fallen or who have a fear of falling. At the Clinic/Assessment, a licensed physical therapist will ask participants to complete a fall assessment screen which will include a history of previous falls and what might be causing them. Additionally, a therapist will screen participant’s gait, balance, range of motion, strength and sensation and ask questions regarding home environment, fear of falling concerns, and pertinent medical history that can contribute to falls. This total assessment will include your screen results, which can be sent to your primary care physician, and recommendations for treatment if needed. Each comprehensive assessment is about fifteen minutes and will require an appointment.
Please wear or bring the shoes you wear most often inside and outside of your home. Please bring devices you use for walking like a cane or walker.
Offered by Deborah Neuhof, Certified Reflexologist
Tuesdays, June 25, July 2 & 16, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
$30 for 30 minutes
Experience Reflexology techniques to de-stress and promote a balanced, wholistic well-being. Loose clothing recommended. Call in advance to make your appointment.
Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:00 am
$15 for 15 minutes
Massage Therapist Sara Smith will offer 15 minute massages or you can ask for more or less time at the time of your reservation. Be kind to yourself and treat yourself to a chair massage by calling The Thompson.
FITNESS H2O on FREE SENIOR FRIDAYS
9:15 – 10:10 am
Open swimming available from 9-11 am
A low-impact, low-intensity class in the shallow-water, focusing on overall strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. Seniors get in free to all of UVAC facility Fridays 9-11am! This is a free walk-in class for those 65 and older. All fitness levels are welcome.
Transportation provided by The Thompson Center upon request.
TAI CHI at the Thompson Center
Summer Schedule: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Beginner 9:30, Advanced 10:45
Tai Chi will continue at the Thompson this summer, staying with our usual schedule on Wednesdays: 9:30 for beginners and intermediates, 10:45 for advanced.
We know how beneficial tai chi is and want people to have continuing opportunities to practice this slow, gentle, but powerful movement form.
For further information about Tai Chi you might want to check out instructor Anne’s webpage: www.annebower.com
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Ongoing, on the third Wednesday of each month, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Support and education can make a critical difference for family members and caregivers of patients with memory loss or disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Please join our confidential monthly support group (with complimentary lunch) and share ideas, concerns, and constructive feedback with others facing similar challenges.
Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 pm
The Bone Builders exercise program, developed at Tufts University, addresses bone health for people of all ages. Women especially may have thinning of bones as early as age 40, but men are welcome in this class and will benefit as well.
Bone Builders classes, with instructor Althea Derstine, are ongoing on Monday and Thursday each week. Classes are free. Minimum of six participants required. Please sign up in advance.
Ongoing, Mondays, 10:15 am – noon
In this informal group, we encourage one another as we record stories that may otherwise be lost or forgotten. Each person has an opportunity to read aloud one to two pages each week often triggering group memories and lively discussion. No pressure… reading is optional!
Strengthen and Stretch Class
Note New Summer Schedule
Led by Certified Fitness Trainer, Liz Hatfield
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 -10:00 am
Monday Stretch Class will end on June 24th for the summer. Liz’s class will resume its Tuesday/Thursday schedule beginning July 2nd and stretching and balance work will be incorporated in these
classes. Monday class will resume in early October. All levels and abilities are welcome! Mats will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have one
Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Pickle ball court time is available for Thompson patrons at the Woodstock Athletic Club, on Fridays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for $6 per visit. A minimum of 4 players are required for court time and a stroke/clinic rules refresher is available from a tennis professional when your group is assembled. Please call The Thompson Center to register or for more information.
Foot Care Clinics
9:00 am – 2:30 pm, on the 2nd Friday & 3rd Wednesday of every month
12:30 – 2:45 pm
In addition to Mary Wood’s clinic on the second Friday and third Wednesday of each month, we are happy to offer more foot clinic availability with our wellness clinic nurse, Mary Ann Conrad. Mary Ann will be offering an additional foot clinic every other month on the 4th Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:45 pm following her wellness clinic hours.
Both clinics will now be $20 and patrons are asked to bring their own towel. As always, please inform us in advance if you cannot make your appointment.
Second Tuesday of each month
10:00 am – 11:00 am
VeggieVanGo, a mobile nutrition program of the Vermont Foodbank, will be coming to Mt. Ascutney Hospital once a month to provide FREE fresh produce for people facing hunger. So if you know of an individual, family or patient who might benefit from receiving a delivery of fresh, healthy veggies, you can help by sharing this information and encouraging them to pick up their FREE vegetables. And if you, or members of your family could benefit from the program, we hope you’ll come too! Visit Vermont Foodbank for more information.
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CLINIC
2nd Monday of the month, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, by appointment
Would your loved ones know your wishes about medical care if you were unable to speak for yourself? There is a legal document called an Advance Directive that you can complete to give guidelines about your wishes and appoint someone to represent you if you are not able. We have arranged for a trained and caring volunteer to be at the Thompson Center every 2nd Monday from 1pm – 3pm. These volunteers will take the time to explain both the document and the simple process used to make your wishes known. The most important part of this process is talking to those you love about what matters most to you. You can call 457-3277 to schedule an appointment.
Get Your Medical Questions Answered by a Gifford Medical Center Health Care Provider
Do you have a medical question that you would like answered by a medical professional? Tune in to the Royalton Community Radio program, “On Call”, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 -7:00 pm on FM channel 96.5. If there is a specific topic you would like to hear about, call Nikki Gewirz, P.A. at 802-763-2700 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.