CORONAVIRUS

Nationwide, over 2,000,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered, and over 80% of adults over 65 have received at least one shot. Maine is the leading state in its percentage of population already vaccinated! Hooray! If you’re not there yet, FYI: * All ME residents over 16 years old are now eligible for vaccinations, and there are several good options for where you can get your shot – some without a prior appointment. * The Auburn Mall offers drive-in vaccinations. * FEMA has had a mobile clinic walk-up in the Windham Hannafords; watch news for when it will be there next. * If you’re a BFHC patient, you may call 824-2193 to make an appointment. * Bethel Walgreens offers vaccinations 9:00-5:00 all weekdays; to make an appointment: Walgreens.com or 800-925-4733. * You may make an appointment at the Rumford Community Hospital (520-2917). You may also visit the AFCI website for updated information: www.agefriendlybethel.org.

AARP suggests that it is harder these days to understand the best COVID practices to protect our loved ones and our communities. Many of us are fully vaccinated and eager to get together with family members and friends, while others are waiting (and waiting) to get an appointment for a shot.” FMI: https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2021/covid-vaccine-etiquette.html?

What will COVID-19 look like down the years? Will it disappear? Probably not, say scientists. Will it eventually evolve into something more similar to the flu or even the common cold? AARP has reported from scientists: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/covid-predictions.html?

SAFETY/CHORES

Do you want to remain safe in your home as you age? A free assessment on risks for falling in your home, with Occupational Therapist Brie Weisman, in collaboration with AFCI, will assess both your personal risk and that of your home. FMI: 824-4444.

Coming right up: an opportunity for student help with your outdoor spring chores! On June 5, the Telstar/Rotary Interact Club and AFCI will host the annual Handy Neighbor Chores Day. Get your request in soon by calling the AFCI number to reserve a slot.

AFCI phone: 207-824-4444, email: [email protected], visit our FaceBook page or website www.agefriendlybethel.org. On the website are two pdf’s that can be emailed to you: the Resource Directory of local and statewide services, and AFCI’s flyer that describes our services. Watch on the website for an alert on the start-up of our N2N Rides Program.

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