Tuesday, April 17, 2018

To Your Health Program on How to De-stress Well Received

by Rosabelle Tifft

Thirty participants from Waterford, Rumford, Norway, and Greenwood, in addition to Bethel, heard tips on how to de-stress at a program held on April 12 at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.

The first presenter, Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, reviewed stress symptoms, signs and causes, and a stress test. She said, “Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses it can help you perform under pressure, and motivate you to do your best. You can protect yourself and improve how you think and feel by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.” Participants were given a number of handouts on this topic.

Wendy Youmans, LCSW and 500 hour level Kripula yoga teacher, led the group in breathing exercises and meditation, as well as basic yoga stretching. Participants found closing their eyes while doing yoga movements very helpful and relaxing.

Jewel Clark, professional musician, said that music occupies your mind in a way that distracts from stressful thinking. She entertained with musical numbers, had a sing-along with the audience, and taught them to yodel.

In their evaluations of the program, participants praised the presenters for an enjoyable, relaxing and fun evening. They agreed that each presenter gave good tips on de-stressing.

To Your Health Committee members Jan Stowell and Rosabelle Tifft; presenters Ellen Crocker, Wendy Youmans and Jewel Clark.  Photo by Peter Musso.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Adaptive Toolkit on Display in Telstar Room 133

Have you “played with” the Age-Friendly Community Initiative (AFCI) Adaptive toolkit, purchased through an AARP competitive grant? This is a display of tools for home use, including kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity. Many of the tools are for sale at Brooks Brothers Hardware, and a take-home catalog notes other retailers where all tools may be purchased. The toolkit is being displayed throughout the six communities (Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood,Hanover, Newry, and Woodstock) and at local events. It is on display now until May in Telstar Room 133; stop by after a class or come for an AFCI chat on Tuesday, April 10, 12:15-2:00 pm.

Down Home Maine to Present "Canoeing with the Cree"

Quaking bogs, black spruce, woodland caribou, northern lights – welcome to the land of the Cree!

Join Registered Master Maine guide Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service in North Newry as she shares her experiences working with and traveling by canoe with the Cree of northern Quebec. For 28 years Polly and her partner, Kevin Slater, have been paddling on the remote lakes and rivers around the Cree villages of Ouje-Bougoumou and Misstassini. She will share her adventures and knowledge of what she has learned from the Cree about “bush medicine,” setting fishnets, making smoking racks to smoke freshly caught fish, carving Cree paddles with wood from the local boreal forest. This show will be a mix of personal experience, shared knowledge and beautiful images of pristine wild country.

This presentation will be the first in Western Mountains Senior College's 2018 Down Home Maine series. It will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 24, in Alumni Auditorium in Gould Academy's McLaughlin Science Center. Down Home Maine presentations are free and open to the public.

Polly Mahoney and friend in birch bark canoe.

Wigwam and long house.

Best of Acadia Week

College of the Atlantic, in partnership with Acadia Senior College, is hosting a special residential program, The Best of Acadia Week. The program, which runs from July 15-21, includes housing, all transportation, activities, and meals during the week. The College of the Atlantic kitchen does a great job at accommodating all diets and providing fresh and nutritious meals.

Attendees will meet in the morning with Atlantic Senior College members for talks (we have lined up a few of Maine college presidents). In the afternoons College of the Atlantic will be taking the group out and about to see some of the highlights of our area. There is a moderate level of activity for active adult learners. Participants come and enjoy themselves while learning something new!

For a full description of the program see Acadia Senior College’s website The Best of Acadia Week. Questions? Contact Laura Johnson, College of the Atlantic Director of Summer Programs, 207-801-5635.