Sunday, September 30, 2018

To Your Health to Present Program on Communicating with Alzheimer’s Patients

On Thursday, October 11 Peter Baker, Program Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will present a program that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College.

Peter Baker
Peter Baker said, “Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and families.” He added, “For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to communicate in meaningful ways. The program includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.


Peter holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine and has been working in dementia care since 2008. He has worked in long-term care centers as a Social Services Director, Dementia Program Director and as an Executive Director. As Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Peter oversees the care and support services provided by the Maine Chapter serving the entire state of Maine.

The program takes place on Thursday, October 11, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. It is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of the Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.

October Events

Thursday, October 11
To Your Health: Effective Communication Strategies
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, presents a program exploring how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. The program includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.

Thursday, October 11; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.
 

Thursday, October 18
Brown Bag Lunch: Why Buy Local Products?
Join us to hear why we should buy local products. Hosted by Bonnie Pooley, presenters include Velvet Hollow Sugar Works, Krazy K Soap, Laurie Bailey's goat cheese, Anna Sysko's baked goods, and Michelle Shutty's Fair Trade coffee. FMI and to RSVP: ewooley@myfairpoint.net, 562-1089.

Thursday, October 18; 12:30-2:00 pm; Greenwood Town Hall (Route 26 in Locke Mills).



The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.
 

Friday, October 5
Living Well, Aging Well Expo
Annual conference sponsored by Seniors Plus, Oxford County's council on aging. $25 fee includes breakfast, lunch, and admission to all presentations and exhibits. FMI: 1-800-427-1421; www.seniorsplus.org.
Friday, October 5; 8:15-4:00; Sunday River Grand Summit Hotel, Newry.

Wednesday, October 24
A Day in the Life of a Maine Guide
The Mahoosuc Land Trust announces a bonus event in the 2018 "Day in the Life" speaker series. On Wednesday, October 24, Kevin Slater and Polly Mahoney will share the delights of a Day in the Life of a Maine Guide. FMI: info@mahoosuc.org, 207-824-3806. 

Wednesday, October 24; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, October 31
Community Supper
Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, October 31; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Remembering Tineke Ouwinga

by Mary Haberman

Western Mountains Senior College members are saddened to learn of Tineke Ouwinga's passing. Tineke was a key player in more than a few Bethel organizations. These included Gould Academy, The Bethel Historical Society, West Parish Congregational Church, and Music Without Borders. She set a standard for community service, leadership, and friendship.

But we suspect that Tineke’s favorite role involved playing some outlandish character for Senior Players. Audiences loved her wigs, costumes, twinkle and bravado. She was a fun addition for two years of Readers Theatre.

Tineke may have missed her true calling, but all of Bethel has benefited from her amazing range of activities and interests. She will be a hard act to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.





Senior Players Rehearse on Thursday Afternoons

If rehearsing on Wednesday afternoon has kept you from joining the Senior Players, you are now in luck!  Rehearsals for the November plays will now be held every Thursday, September 20 - November 15, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.  If you'd like to join, or are just thinking about it, contact Jack Kuchta (jakuchta@myfairpoint.net or 207 364-3137). The players always have a wonderful time, as does the audience, so give it a try!