For a list of all exercise related classes and activities, visit our Active Aging page
Covid test kits are available
Did you know that you can again order free Covid test kits through the USPS?
There are also plenty of home test kits available at The Thompson for anyone in need.
With cold and flu season approaching, please visit our prevention and precautions webpage for some important reminders.
Medicare Open Enrollment Period – FULL
1:1 Assistance Available at The Thompson by Appointment
Mondays from 9-3pm
October 15 through December 7, 2022 is the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) and Prescription Drug Coverage Plans (Part D). During this time you are able to join a Medicare Part C or D plan. Your plan will take effect on January 1, 2024. If you already have a Medicare plan, this is the time to re-evaluate your health care needs and compare them to your current plan benefits. If you decide to stay with your current plan there is no further action required to renew it. Call The Thompson to make your appointment. 802-457-3277.
Senior Solutions Offers Benefits Assistance Hours At The Thompson
- VPharm (prescription drug applications)
- 3Squares (money for food program)
- Fuel Assistance
- Green Mt. Power discount
Individual assistance is available at The Thompson every other Monday, 10-12pm by appointment with Senior Solutions Benefits Counselor, Liz Carey. Call 802-457-3277
Fuel Assistance Program Reminder—Do not wait to apply!
It is time to sign up for Vermont’s Seasonal Heating Fuel Assistance Program (“LIHEAP”), which can offset winter heating costs from a few hundred to even a few thousand dollars. This program can help you lower your bills whether you heat with oil, kerosene, propane, electric, coal, wood pellets, or cordwood. More information and 1:1 application assistance is available by appointment by calling The Thompson Center.
Individual application assistance is available on Monday, Dec. 4 & 18 from 9:30-12:30 am with Senior Solutions Benefits Counselor, Liz Carey. Call Shari at the Thompson to make your appointment. 802-457-3277.
Local Flu Shots
The Ottauquechee Health Center offers flu shots by appointment:
Every Wednesday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturday 12/16, 8:30 – 12 noon
Call (802) 457-3030 option 2 to schedule. You do not need to be a patient. High dose shots available.
Contact Morgan for details and availability
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a 15-week ONLINE weight-management program based upon evidence-based strategies for weight loss and weight maintenance. Each hour-long weekly lesson includes: 1) discussion about behaviors important for weight loss or weight maintenance, 2) information on how friends and family can provide support, and 3) strategies for adopting the behavior. Planning, tracking and living mindfully are the key components of the program and are incorporated into each lesson.
The program is delivered ONLINE, live in real-time using the Zoom platform. Classes are delivered by a live Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) instructor, hired and trained by North Carolina State University. Participants can choose a time of the day that works best for them – evening and lunchtime classes are available. Participants attend the sessions remotely on individual computers or mobile devices and can see and hear their instructor. The real-time environment allows for discussion with others in the class. Outside of the live sessions, participants also have access to a secure, online portal whereby they track their weekly progress and communicate with their instructor.
Call the Thompson for more information and to sign up for a free access code. Classes are beginning in June & August.
This is $235 value that we’re able to offer for free because of a Wellness Grant through the Vermont Association of Senior Centers and Meal Providers from a Congressional Delegated funding to bring evidence-based programs to senior centers.
Caregiver Support Group Continues
with Carla and Co-facilitator Anne Marinello
In-person 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:00 pm
Virtual participation still available upon request
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) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and share ideas, concerns, and constructive feedback with others facing similar challenges. Pre-register for lunch.
In-person Tech Support Returns to The Thompson
Appointments on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month, 12:30-2:30 pm
In collaboration with the Norman Williams Public Library, you can now get 1:1 tech support at The Thompson. Bring in your mobile phones, laptops, iPads and any other type of tablet device you need help with. Multiple devices can be brought to one appointment. Call Shari to book your 1 hour appointment, and don’t forget your passwords!
Free Foot Clinic at The Thompson Center with Beverly Sinclair, RN
December 8 & 21 , 9:00 – 2:30 pm. Towels are supplied.
Free foot clinics for one year are made possible by a congressionally directed grant to The Thompson. Please call to schedule your appointment in advance.
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 is available at The Thompson
Tuesday, December 12
Enjoy Reflexology to Relax, Rejuvenate, & Reboot Your Body
Certified Reflexologist Deborah Neuhof is offering appointments at The Thompson. Please call Shari to schedule your appointment on the second or 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.
The Hub is here to help you during a crisis
The HUB is committed to ensuring everyone in our community is safe and cared for. If you’ve had a setback or change in circumstances that make it difficult to pay your bills and live in Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading or Woodstock, we’re here to help. For more details and to apply visit their website at https://apply.thehubneighbors.org/form, call 802-457-7214 or email at email@example.com.
Advance Directive Assistance is Available
Would your loved ones know your wishes about medical care if you were unable to speak for yourself? An Advance Directive spells out your wishes and appoints someone to represent you if you are not able. A trained and caring volunteer will be available by appointment. These volunteers will take the time to explain this simple process. Call The Thompson at 802-457-3277.
Homesharing is working in our Community!
This past year we launched our pilot Homeshare program here at the Thompson, which has resulted in our first match! With a small pool of applicants, it takes time to find compatible housemates, but the more people who apply, the more likely we can facilitate a successful match.
Homesharing offers an alternative to traditional apartment rentals, especially in today’s tight housing market. A Host with a spare bedroom and willing to share common space can get some additional income and help around the house with chores, as well as companionship. A Guest looking for a place to live can trade some time helping out their Host in exchange for a reduced rent.
To learn more about Thompson Homeshare, please visit our Homeshare page or call Shari at 802-457-3277.