Age-Friendly Community Innitiative

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October 26

The AFCI is pleased to welcome the sixth local town to the Age-Friendly Community movement. Welcome, Hanover! With its new representative to the Council, the current AFCI Council members are: Al Cressy, Chair (Bethel rep), Nancy Davis, Vice Chair; Jane Chandler, Secretary (Woodstock rep); Peter Musso, Jr., Treasurer (Greenwood rep); Anita Clark (Newry rep); Lise McLain (Gilead rep); Shirley Powell (Hanover rep); Valerie Cole; Charlie Reese; Barbara Schneider; and Maryvonne Wheeler. What a diverse, talented crew!

The AFCI is pleased to offer its two volunteer driver programs – one for rides to out-of-town medical appointments and the other for local non-medical purposes. The process to request a ride is the same for both: call 824-4444 and talk with Transportation Coordinator Kay Rector. Rides must be requested 3 business days in advance. We are looking for more volunteers, particularly those living in Gilead and Woodstock, to join our initial group of 13 drivers for local, non-medical rides. If interested, please contact Al Cressy at 824-0508.

The AFCI Home Assessment program, funded through an AARP Challenge Grant, is designed to bring consultant services to home-owners in our original five towns, assessing both the resident’s strength, flexibility and general fitness, and any safety risk factors within the home. FMI call Brie, the Occupational Therapist, at 364-7056.

Another opportunity to “play with” the tools in the AFCI display: Monday, October 30, 12:15-1:30 in Telstar’s room 133. Other upcoming area activities (details in this newspaper): “The Social Black Bear,” at Gould Academy; Newry Fall Festival; “A Night Under the Stars” at the Valentine Conservation Center; public hearings on both cost-sharing among local towns and Bethel’s Wind Ordnance; Fall Harvest Festival/ Trick-or-Trunk; Community Chorus.

To contact us: by email,; our website,; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)

October 19

We’re always fine-tuning how we keep in touch with you and have recently decided not to continue the print copy of our monthly newsletter (that’s the brightly colored tri-fold pieces). We suspect that folks are more likely to keep in touch through this newspaper or digitally. If you’re not on our email list and would like to receive the monthly electronic newsletter, please contact us (information below). There will still be display racks in public places; instead of the colored newsletters, they will contain two other items which will not change frequently: a teal blue 5x8 inch flyer with AFCI updates and a 3x6 inch laminated rack card/bookmark. Soon we will be distributing our print Resource Directories around the communities. Unfortunately, they are not for general distribution, just for reference in public places (which we’ll publicize as we get them out to the sites). The directory has been on our website for some time now.

If you or a friend or family member are unable to drive, there is a new AFCI resource. The N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) volunteer driver program provides free rides for seniors over 60 to non-medical activities within the five communities. For instance, currently seniors to are being driven to a weekly class, grocery shopping and church. Ride requests must be made at least three business days before the ride and are dependent on driver availability. Contact is through Kay Rector at 824-4444.
Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6:00, is the monthly Community Supper at the Bethel Alliance Church. Come play with the adaptive tools in our AFCI display.

We always need help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email,; our website,; our Facebook page, @agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)

October 12

On Thursday, October 12, AFCI member Jackie Cressy will present “Be Safe in Your Home” as part of the Western Mountains Senior College To Your Health series – 4:30-6:00 at the West Parish Congregational Church (downstairs).

The AFCI , along with SeniorsPlus and the BFHC, are sponsoring A Matter of Balance, a free class to teach falls prevention strategies and exercises to increase strength and balance. Coached by AFCI volunteers Linda McDonough and Jackie Cressy, classes will be held at the Bethel Family Health Center 9:00-11:00, Fridays for 8 weeks beginning October 13. Registration is through SeniorsPlus (795-4010) or the BFHC (824-2193); class size is limited.

Thursday, October 19, 12:30-4:00: SeniorsPlus at the Norway Savings Bank, Bethel. FMI and to make an appointment: 800-427-1241.

WMSC will offer two programs around the theme of “Emigration, Immigration, and Family Stories.” On Tuesday, October 17 (4:30-6:00 at McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy) Marcel Polak will be the Down Home Maine presenter on the topic of “A Family’s Immigration to the U.S.” Two days later the Brown Bag Lunch topic will be “Ethnicities – What’s Your Family’s Story?” On Thursday the 19th, the public is invited to the Bethel Inn, 12:15-1:30; bring family stories, artifacts if you wish – and your lunch.

Also in this newspaper’s Community Calendar: Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Fair; “Shepherdess of the Glaciers” and Books 2 Film Series at the Gem Theater; Baked Bean, Brown Bread and Hot Dog dinner; Guided Tour of the Proposed Community Forest Parcel.

Curious about the fall’s new TV shows? Nine new show are listed at

Correction: the correct phone number for either AFCI transportation program is 824-4444.

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

 October 5

Last week’s Citizen had an article about the new AFCI N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) rides program which began October 1. Residents of Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Newry and Woodstock may call Transportation Coordinator Kay Rector (207-824-2444) for rides to non-medical destinations within the 5 communities.

Friday, October 6 is the tenth annual Aging Well Living Well Expo sponsored by Seniors Plus – 8:15 am-4:00 pm at Sunday River. The AFCI will be there with our Adaptive Toolkit. And Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th, is the Fall Festival at Sunday River. On Saturday the 7th: the Woodstock-Greenwood Parade of Lights and the Celebration of Fall in Hanover. Tuesday, October 10: Harvest Dinner Dance; Wednesday, October 11, Senior Citizens Club Meeting; Thursday, October 12, “Be Safe in Your Room,” a To Your Health program of the Western Mountains Senior College.

AARP reminds us that “With credit-reporting firm Equifax revealing that hackers may have stolen financial and consumer data on at least 143 million customers in the U.S., it’s quite possible that your personal information — including birth date, Social Security number, driver’s license and address — could fall into the hands of criminals.” Read the AARP advice at

Remember the days before computers? Do you (as I do) still own a typewriter? A new film, California Typewriter, stars Tom Hanks, who owns 250 typewriters. Another aficionado is historian David McCullough, who says typing “has a tactile sensation to it that I think is part of our humanity.”(

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