Age-Friendly Community Innitiative

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September 7

The AFCI has begun an ambitious Home Safety Project; you’ll be hearing about other features of it in the coming weeks. The first piece is our purchase of an impressive collection of adaptive tools for home use, including things like kitchen helpers and aids to facilitate vision and manual dexterity.

The tools were carefully researched and selected by Mary LeConey, Occupational Therapist, and Jane Chandler, Registered Nurse, both with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. A special catalog will list how you may purchase these tools, including locally.

As part of the education and awareness feature of our program, we’re displaying the tools collection this fall. In several public get-togethers, an AFCI member will show the collection and catalog and encourage conversation about age-related issues.

The first such opportunity will be at the Bethel Area Senior Citizens meeting/luncheon on Wednesday, September 13 (see events calendar in this newspaper). This will be followed by other get-togethers, including the October 6 Seniors Plus Aging Well, Living Well expo at Sunday River and the Alliance Church’s Community Supper in October.

Have you checked out our new Resource Directory? Go to our website (, under “Resource” – “Directory of Services.”

Other events listed in this newspaper: on Friday, September 8, several interesting events, including an Introduction to Reiki for cancer patients; Saturday, September 9, Alder River Grange potluck dinner, ceramics workshop, Kickoff for CROP (Communities Respond to Overcome Poverty; Sunday, September 10, Garden to Gourmet with Anna Sysko; Tuesday, September 12, dinner dance at Jackson-Silver Post 68; Thursday, September 14, Maine Outdoor Film Festival at the Gem Theater.

To contact the AFCI by email:; our website: Visit our Facebook page: @agefriendlybethel.

August 31

Have you used our new Resource Directory yet? On our website (, click on the “Resources” tab and then “Directory of Services.” There you’ll find contact information and descriptions of a wide variety of services, both local and statewide. We developed it because of suggestions from our community survey two years ago, and we think it will be of great use to community residents. Be sure to tell us if we’ve forgotten any category or if information needs to be updated.

Remember to check in the Community Calendar for information on the Farmers’ Markets and town concerts. And also on Saturday, September 2, a workshop on ceramic buttons and earrings in West Bethel, Contra dance at the Franklin Grange in Bryant Pond; Sunday, September 3, The Eddy School Golf Classic and Live Music at the Bethel Inn Resort; Tuesday, September 5, Women’s Cancer Support Group in Norway; Thursday, September 7, program and book signing — “Mount Washington: Narratives and Perspectives” at the Bethel Historical Society.

AARP celebrates male caregivers through a series of videotaped stories; visit of Interest are several Caregiving Guides: First-Time Caregiver, Long-Distance Caregiving, and Caregiving at Home.

AARP notes that although the death rate from cancer in America is down 25 percent since 1991, the one type of cancer that is rapidly increasing is thyroid cancer. Find out more at

To contact the AFCI by email:; our website: Visit our Facebook page: @agefriendlybethel. You can also send messages to our Page at

August 24

Hooray! We’ve finished the Resource Directory for our website! But maybe you haven’t even visited our website … there’s a lot of good stuff on there; go see for yourself! And now our feature item is ready. for consumption. We’ve worked hard to compile a guide to services available to seniors (and others) - most in our area, but some are statewide. We hope it will be useful to a large number of people. See related article elsewhere in this newspaper.

This week’s Community Calendar includes: from August 30-October 25, an 8-week bereavement support group at the Bethel Family Health Center; on Wednesday, August 30 the Community Supper at the Bethel Alliance Church in Bethel; and on Saturday, September 2, a workshop on ceramic buttons and earrings in West Bethel.

AARP quotes a new poll finding that the vast majority of patients between 50 and 80 years of age don’t talk to their health care providers about the cost of the medicines being prescribed for them or about whether less costly alternatives are available. Patients are urged to open this conversation with their doctors, as healthcare providers are often able to suggest lower-cost drug options.

To contact the AFCI by email:; our website: And we hope you’ll visit our new Facebook page! The username is @agefriendlybethel; check it out and “Like” it, please! You can also send messages to our Page at