Caregiver Support Group
There’s a comfortable place to network with other caregivers at the Godnick Center, located at 1 Deer Street in Rutland. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The meetings are hosted by the Rutland County Caregiver Coalition; the next one is sceduled for May 2. For details, call Shana at 802-747-3426.
Meals on Wheels
The weekly menu for Bennington County Meals on Wheels: Tuesday, May 1: Hash Brown Sausage Breakfast Casserole, Baked Apples, Cauliflower Blend, Whole Wheat Bread, Cookie. Wednesday, May 2: Goulash, Garlic Bread, Broccoli, Garden Salad, Pears. Thursday, May 3: Chicken Fajita Cutlet, Baked Potato, Carrots with Dilled Butter, Tossed Salad, Grapes. May, Friday 4: Franks and Beans, Scandinavian Vegetable Blend, Green Beans, Whole Wheat Bread, Coleslaw, Chef’s Choice Dessert. Monday, May 7: Beef Fried Rice with Eggs, Peas, Peppers and Broccoli, Sesame Carrots, Green Beans, Fruited Yogurt, Fortune Cookie. Tuesday, May 8: Chicken and Dumplings, Tomato Parm, Cauliflower Blend, Tossed Salad, Cake. Menu is subject to change. The Meals on Wheels Bennington Café is located 124 Pleasant Street in Bennington. Join them for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for only $3.50 suggested donation for people 60 and over, $5 for under age 60. For more information, call 802-442-8012.
Using Personal Technology to Stay Connected
Ninety-one percent of tech owners 50 and over say they use personal technology to keep in touch with family and friends, according to the latest AARP Survey on Technology Use and Attitudes Among Mid-Life and Older Americans. The research found that mobile and computing devices are the primary technology, with subtle differences between differing age groups. Adults in their 50s and 60s are texting more than emailing on smartphones, while people 70+ are more likely to use desktop computers and cellphones to keep in touch. Among people who own computers, tablets and smartphones, each device has different uses: computers are used for more practical tasks, tablets for entertainment and smartphones for social and on-the-go activities.
Among other key findings: 70 percent of adults 50+ own a smartphone and an equal percentage are on social media; among those 50 to 69, text messaging has overtaken email as the tech tool most used to stay connected; Adults in their 60s are more likely to use their devices to manage medical care than those in their 50s or 70s, particularly among tablet and smartphone owners.
The survey additionally reported that 77 percent reported using their smartphone for directions or traffic information. Other top activities include purchasing apps, surfing the internet, getting news and accessing social media. Privacy and security are a concern for most older adults, but many are not taking proactive steps to protect themselves online.
Information on how best to protect yourself from fraud can be found through AARP’s Fraud Watch Network at aarp.org, where you can sign up to get free Watchdog Alerts to stay up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.
The Rupert Leisures cordially invite you to their Mother’s Day Celebration luncheon at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 9, at the Rupert Firehouse. Chef Mike McKeighan will offer a menu of chicken and bisquits, buttered beets and leafy salad with Mandarin oranges. Donations of desserts your mom might make with her name and recipe attached are encouraged. We also invite you to bring a picture of your mom or you and your mom with a label to identify. A donation of $4.50 is welcomed. Please bring your own cutlery to lessen kitchen duties for our Merck volunteers. Make it a habit; this means you! For information call Skip Lewis at 802-394-7822.
Retirement & Estate Planning Seminar to be Held in Manchester
Come to the Manchester Community Library at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4, to learn about retirement planning, estate planning and senior care from a panel of local experts. Sometimes not having knowledge about an important topic can prevent a person from taking proper action. In this free seminar, Manchester attorney James Dingley will be joined by Melissa Morrison, president of At Home Senior Care, and Nick Strom-Olsen, owner and founder of Vermont Retirement Planners located in Manchester and Rutland, will provide information and answer questions on current topics in these critical areas. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call 802-366-1010 during normal business hours.