Mind & Body
On Being a Caregiver
The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present ‘Being A Caregiver and Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance,’ on Tuesday, August 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The second in CCM’s ‘SpeakSooner’ series, it will be held at the Manchester Community Library, and is free and open to the public. A panel will discuss the medical, emotional, spiritual and communication issues that patients and caregivers face. A question and answer session will follow. The SpeakSooner initiative prepares patients and their loved ones for opening timely and honest conversations with healthcare providers about the risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs. Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of CCM’s Difficult Conversations Toolkit. Space is limited; RSVP by calling 802-442-5800. Visit speaksooner.org to learn more.
Meals on Wheels
Tuesday, July 12: Vegetable Quiche, Couscous, Salad, Whole Wheat Bread, Applesauce. Wednesday, July 13: Sloppy Joe on Bun, Baked Beans, Pineapple. Thursday, July 14: Chicken Dumplings, Green Beans, Broccoli, Whole Wheat Bread, Fruited Jell-O. Friday, July 15: Loaded Potato with Bacon, Broccoli and Cheese, Zucchini, Brussel Sprouts, Cookies. Monday, July 18: Shepherd’s Pie, Brussel Sprouts, Peas and Carrots, Fruited Jell-O. Tuesday, July 19: Egg Salad Sandwich with Bacon on Whole Wheat, Tomatoes, Tossed Salad, Muffin. All meals are served with low-fat milk. Menu is subject to change. For details, call the Bennington office at 802-442-8012 or the Manchester office at 802-362-3714.
Community Health Clinics
Wednesday, July 13, Rutland, Templewood Court, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, Benson, Benson Heights, 10 a.m.; Castleton, Castleton Meadows, 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, Brandon, Conant Square, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, Dorset, Dorset Area VNA and Hospice, 8:30 a.m.; Rutland, Sheldon Towers, 9 a.m.; Rutland, Linden Terrace, 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, Rutland, Maple Village, 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, Rutland, Godnick Adult Center, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, North Clarendon, North Clarendon Community Center, 12:30 p.m. The cost of the foot clinic is $10. For details, call 802-775-1536.
RAVNAH also offers cholesterol screenings each month for $30; they are held at the Rutland office on the first Wednesday. Call them at 802-775-0568 for an appointment. Clinics held at the Dorset Office are the third Wednesday. Call 802-362-1200 for an appointment.
RAVNAH’s Travel Health Clinic provides vaccines and individualized disease prevention plans for international travelers. For information call Cathleen at 802-770-1536 or email email@example.com.
A free monthly bereavement group starts in July with Chaplain Andrew Carlson facilitating. For dates and locations, call him at 802-770-1613.
Monday, July 11: Zumba with Andrea. Tuesday, July 12: Collectors Corner. Wednesday, July 13: Musical Memories with Karen Gallagher. Thursday, July 14: Veterans Chat. Friday, July 15: Art with Kaye Shaddock. Would you enjoy a home-cooked meal while dining with others in a beautiful setting? Bennington Project Independence provides a nutritious homemade lunch to participants. For more information, call 802-442-8136 or visit bpiads.org.
Fight Domestic & Sexual Violence
Are you looking for a way to help your greater community? Consider volunteering for Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) in Bennington. Better yet, you can volunteer from the comfort of your home; all you need is a cell phone. For over 30 years PAVE has been a valuable resource for Bennington County, providing a variety of advocacy services for those who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence. Leaving an abusive situation can be a fearful experience. Often the first step in receiving help begins with a call to our 24/hr hotline. In many cases the hotline serves as a stepping-stone and a safe place to call for support and guidance. PAVE provides volunteers with advocacy training that will increase confidence in working with survivors. The only way to make change is to step-up and be part of the solution. Call 802-442-2370 for information on upcoming training or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Alone Support Group
Grace Cottage is hosting a Living Alone Support Group, meeting the third Wednesday of the month and starting July 20. Meetings will include an informal group discussion on the challenges of living alone. Topics may include cooking and shopping for one, finding people to help with chores around the house or yard, how to meet others with similar interests, and other topics of interest to the group. There is no charge to attend. Facilitator is Alicia Moyer, local coordinator for SASH (Support and Services at Home.) Whether you have been living alone for years, or are new to living alone, this group welcomes you and your input. The group will meet from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Grace Cottage Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Road/Route 35, Townshend. Call 802-365-3753 to sign up.
Be Tick Smart
Come to the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center on Wednesday, July 20, to learn more about preventing Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Disease-carrying ticks are tiny but mighty when it comes to wreaking havoc with one’s health. During this presentation Megan Lynde, Public Health Nurse with the Vermont Department of Health, will share important information about the cause and symptoms of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, and provide guidance on ways to protect against ticks and prevent infection. This program is offered free of charge. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Road, Townshend. No pre-registration is needed to attend.