Age-Friendly Community Initiative

Do you face challenges as an older adult in the Bethel area community? Or do you have an older family member or friend who needs help? Or maybe you’re not in those older years yet, but you love this community and hate the thought that you’ll ever have to move. We hope the AFCI can guide you to the services you need. And perhaps you would find joy in helping others in our community – and paving the way for your own healthy, meaningful later years. We would love to hear from you – see contact details below.

Social isolation is the most serious challenge for seniors. More and more, as I learn from other communities in Maine, I realize how lucky we are to live in a community that offers so many opportunities for people of all ages. Some are listed here, but be sure to check the Bethel Chamber of Commerce website (bethelmaine.com) regularly. And all those interesting activities? AFCI’s N2N Rides program can get you there.

Community
The Gem Theater (thegemtheater.com): Free Science on Screen Event, March 27. BAAM’s Comedy Night, Saturday, March 26: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; tickets are Pay As You Wish and proceeds benefit artists as well as future BAAM programming at the Gem.

At Bethel Alliance Church: conversation, coffee and a bagel or donut, every Thursday, 9-1, come for an hour or four.

Community supper on March 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bethel Alliance Church. On site or to take away.

MSAD 44 Technical Support for Adults and Continuing Education Tuesday evenings – free sessions, but call to reserve a time: 824-2136, x1340.

Bethel Food Pantry, first and third Wednesday of each month, 9-2.

Health tips
Do you have walking or balance problems? AARP suggests five exercises: walking, calf raises, knee extensions, mini-squats and hip abductions (https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2022/fix -gait-balance.html?).

Live Well for Better Health classes begin Thursday, March 24, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Online classes are free and will focus on chronic conditions: frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. For more information and to register: Jen Paquet ([email protected] or 207-620-1642).

All AFCI services are free. To request an N2N ride or a Handy Neighbor chore: 207-824-4444. For information, inquiries and suggestions – e-mail: [email protected], visit our FaceBook page or our website www.agefriendlybethel.org. And look for our flyers on public sites.

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