Vaccinations

Maine is one of the best states in its percentage of population already vaccinated! Are you still waiting for yours? If so, there are currently several options. If you’re a BFHC patient, you may call 824-2193 to schedule an appointment. You may also visit the vaccinateME site or call 1-888-445-4111. TV and radio broadcasts have updated information.

There has been lots on the news about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that is temporarily paused for more testing. For more information on “Blood Clots: What They are and When They’re Dangerous”: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/blood-clots.html?

And for more information on “Already Got the J&J Vaccine? What You Need to Know Now”: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/johnson-and-johnson-vaccine-advice.html?

The latest scam alert from AARP is particularly despicable: SCAM artists are targeting people trying to sign up for the FEMA reimbursement for COVID-19 funeral expenses.  FMI: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

From the website: “FEMA will not contact anyone until they have called FEMA or have applied for assistance. Do not disclose information such as the name, birth date or social security number of any deceased family member to any unsolicited telephone calls or e-mails from anyone claiming to be a federal employee or from FEMA. If you doubt a FEMA representative is legitimate, hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or the National Center for Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. Complaints also may be made by contacting local law enforcement agencies.”

Home Assessments

You may benefit from a free assessment on risks for falling in your home – both your personal risk and that of your house. Occupational Therapist Brie Weisman collaborates with AFCI in taking this step to make it safer for older adults to stay in their homes. FMI: 824-4444.

Here’s an interesting sounding new book: Navigating Your Later Years for Dummies.

“Getting accurate information wasn’t easy—until now. This book helps you and your family chart the next steps to live the life you choose—independent and in control.” (available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble)

(Who, me?) “Clutter has been linked to stress and anxiety and can even lead to overeating junk food and procrastinating,” as reported by AARP. https://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/info-2021/things-to-throw-away.html?

AFCI phone: 207-824-4444 (remember to call for student help with outdoor chores on June 5.) email: [email protected], visit our Facebook page or website www.agefriendlybethel.org.

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