Elder Report

Elder Report

Elder Report

Manchester VFW Senior Lunch

All seniors 60 and over who live in the Northshire are invited to come to VFW Post 6471, located at 280 Depot Street in Manchester, on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Everyone who attends is asked to bring one item to be added to the salad bar. The meal is followed by coffee or tea and conversation, a puzzle, a game of Scrabble or cards. For details, or to volunteer, call Marian Haines at 802-258-8240.

Project Independence

Monday, April 23: Manicures with the CDC Students. Tuesday, April 24: BPI Prom. Wednesday, April 25th- Bennington College Drummers Visit. Thursday, April 26: Fred, Lisa, and Larry Variety Show. Friday, April 27: Science Experiments. Are you lonely? Bored? Bennington Project Independence is an excellent cure for the lonesome blues. For more information, call 802-442-8136 or visit bpiads.org.

Meals on Wheels

The weekly menu for Bennington County Meals on Wheels: Tuesday, April 17: Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Beans, Whole Wheat Bread, Cookie. Wednesday, April 18: Baked Garden Omelet, Home Fries, Buttered Spinach, Whole Wheat Bread, Fruit Yogurt. Thursday, April 19: Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Baked Apple, Whole Wheat Bread, Cake. Friday, April 20: Chicken Penne, Rice Pilaf, California Blend, Apple Crisp, Biscuit. Monday, April 23: Pasta Bolognese, Garlic Bread, Mixed Beans, Beet Salad, Raspberry Pudding. Tuesday, April 24: Stir-fry Pork Medallions, Sesame Carrots, Asian Slaw, Crescent Roll, Pineapple-Mandarin Orange Compote. 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 details, call 802-442-8012.

Intro to Tai Chi

A seven-week beginner Tai Chi program will be held on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., from April 18 to May 30, at the Castleton Community Center. Benefits of practicing Tai Chi include reduced stress, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation, muscle strength and improved overall mind and body. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi Program relieves pain, reduces falls and improves quality of life. The class is free, and anyone is welcome. Register by calling the Center at 802-468-3093.

Haystack Hustlers

The Pawlet Haystack Hustlers Senior Group will meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 24, at Mettawee Community School, Route 153, West Pawlet, for a tasty lunch and entertainment by the students. A $4 donation is suggested. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Donations of non-perishable foods for the Food Pantry are appreciated. Call Sharon Undal at 802-645-0461 for reservations.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a series of educational lectures held at the Godnick Adult Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Call 802-446-2041 for further information.  On Friday, April 20, professor Bryant Reynolds presents ‘A Passport to My Bucket List.’ “I have always been a traveler since my tour of duty in Vietnam,” he says. “I’ve wanted to see as much of the world as possible. One of the places on my Bucket List that I’ve always wanted to visit was the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. An opportunity arose when the Road Scholar organization offered a trip to Ecuador and Peru to explore the Inca’s sacred empire and the Amazon region. Our group explored the Napo River and Amazon jungles by riverboat and then flew to Lima, Peru, to go by train and bus to Machu Picchu. In his talk, attendees will  accompany him on his trip to see what he calls one of the true wonders of the world.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

The Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present ‘Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors’ on Wednesday, April 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers and strategies to cope in this free program, hosted by Manchester Community Library. Register in advance by calling 802-362-2607. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue, at the corner of Main Street/Route 7A in Manchester Center.

Tools for Caregivers

The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) will offer ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers,’ an evidence-based educational program designed to teach caregivers to become more effective and learn methods to care for themselves. The classes are free and open to residents of Bennington and Rutland Counties. Learn how to reduce stress, communicate, deal with difficult feelings and make tough decisions. Participants also receive a copy of ‘The Caregiver Helpbook.’ The six-week series of classes will be held at Heritage Family Credit Union, 50 West Street, Rutland, starting on Monday, May 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Refreshments are included and transportation may be available. Reservations are required; call Aaron Brush at 802-786-5990.