You all may have seen Nancy Bordeau, our Clayworks instructor, in the back hall. She usually has her car pulled up out back delivering ceramics for people to work on. Nancy has been with the Groton Senior Center over 25 years. Nancy is a local from Uncasville where she grew up. How did she become so talented with the art of ceramics? Her mom gets the credit for starting her. In the 1960’s, Nancy’s mom took ceramics classes herself and fell in love with the art enough to start her own business in 1969 in Uncasville. Her mom brought home items for Nancy to paint and that started her passion for the art.
Nancy’s favorite things to do are Halloween items – ghosts and jack o’ lanterns. Nancy explained that ceramics has come a long way from ash trays and simple things. There are new painting techniques, indoor and outdoor pieces, functional items like dishware, platters and bowls. Paint today can be food safe and dishwasher safe also. So if you are looking for a new program to try, come visit Nancy. Her class runs Monday 10- 11:30am and Thursday afternoons 1-3 pm.
Once upon a time the doctor we went to for everything was our family doctor but now they are called our PCP or Primary Care Providers. They can be MDs, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. We go to them for a yearly exam, a cold, and other common medical problems. If you don’t have a PCP it can become very hard to get any other health care.
We need a Primary Care Provider who fits into our insurance plan, will be available for the majority of our health issues and who we have trust in. Someone we feel comfortable talking to.
The problem often is when our trusted doctor retires or moves. Our insurance no longer covers our doctor. And now we need to find someone new.
Generally, we will ask our family and friends who they use. What they like and dislike about that provider and their practice. Then is the provider covered by our insurance. Are they part of that network? Are they taking new patients?
You also can ask other doctors for recommendations. You can ask your dentist or pharmacist as well.
Then the next step is… Are the Primary Care Providers you’re considering easy to get to? Do their office hours work for you? Again, double check that they are part of the network of health care you are in.
Once you have narrowed it done to one, two or three Primary Care Providers, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Go for a visit and see if you like them. Did they take enough time with you? Did they seem interested in you as a person? Did they answer your questions? Was the office staff helpful and friendly?
If the answer is yes to the questions that are important to you then you’re all set. Otherwise keep looking!
Don’t settle. This is an important decision. Perhaps one of the most important decisions you make.
Remember not everyone likes the same people or the same professionals. That’s why there are so many to choose from.
Find the Doctor and the practice that fits you so that you are comfortable when you are the sickest knowing you are getting the best health care available.
It is ACTIVE AGING WEEK Sept 30-Oct 4th here at Groton Senior Center- we are so very active here regularly yet this week we have extra special programs to enhance your active life. All programs are free – Friday’s dinner to raise funds for the Groton Rotary Scholarship Fund is only $7 per person and open to the public!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 860-441-6785
If you served in the military and have an honorable discharge your level of VA benefits varies according to a whole lot of factors. When you served. Where you served. How long you were in. Plus, other details.
But the good news is there is someone out there waiting to help you figure out which benefits you are entitled to.
And I used the word “entitled” because they are your benefits. You earned them by serving and you deserve them.
And remember things are always changing. So, if you asked about your VA benefits when you first got out or five years ago. Even last year. Ask again because lots of factors have changed.
I mentioned having an honorable discharge and even that has been relooked at.
Also depending on your service, you might be entitled to things someone else doesn’t get. Or they get something you can’t get.
And regardless there is help out there for all veterans.
Depending on where you live is where you need to go. A great starting point is the VA website and it’s super easy to find. VA.gov. Go to the website and poke around. Its jam packed with information for you.
Check with your Senior Center and Town Hall. They can point you in the right direction. Call your Senator and Representative they can help as well.
Here in Connecticut each town has a Veteran Representative trained to help all veterans. There are VA clinics and VA hospitals. Plus, a growing number of Veterans Coffeehouses.
Ask for guidance. Stop in talk with the folks. Share your story.
Remember to visit VA.gov for the website.
Make some phone calls!
They are waiting to help you!!
Tips & Techniques For Successful, Empowered Living and Aging
Anne-Marie Foster, BS, RRT Geriatric Care Manager and Legal Assistant
Law Office of Richard D. Dixon
An educational workshop to provide you with a framework to help you retain your independence and autonomy, simplify your financial, legal and health care planning, and bring you peace of mind.
- Are you concerned about how to help loved ones as they age?
- Are you worried about leaving behind unfinished business or coping with the aftermath of a loved one’s unresolved affairs?
- Do you find yourself worrying about the future – your own or that of a loved one?
- Are you apprehensive about outliving your money?
- Are you concerned about retaining your independence and autonomy as you age?