In the month of March, Linda Hogan, the current board chair of Millbrook at Home, brought news about an award-winning program made available to Millbrook at Home by the Dutchess County Office For the Aging. The program, which started with 14 participants in April, is called “A Matter of Balance” and is designed to “help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling.”
Taught by volunteer coaches over the course of eight weeks, “A Matter of Balance” teaches participants how to view falls as controllable, how to set realistic goals for exercise, and how to change the living environment to reduce fall risk factors.
Millbrook at Home began to advertise the program through its ever-growing email list and posters at the local libraries. In a short while, there was a waiting list to enroll into the program!
The group had been meeting at the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church, and seemed to have established good bonds. Each class included readings, discussions, lectures, and exercise. The course materials that the participants of the program have been following cover a range of topics: from attitudes to falling and being outside, to assessing actual risks in the surrounding environment, and basic exercises that strengthen joints and help people balance more confidently.
Millbrook at Home expresses its gratitude to the invigorating leadership of Class Coaches Dottie and Nancy, Linda Hogan and the generosity of Grace Episcopal Church for donation of space.
If you are 50+ or are concerned about caring for an aging parent – this may be of interest
Some of us may have seen FRONTLINE’s report on renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, “Being Mortal,” the film explores how the medical profession can better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose.
This radically different approach to aging and caring for seniors has spawned a movement from its Boston roots.
In May, I hosted a meeting of the local Millbrook clergy (from St. Joseph’s, Lyall Memorial, Grace Church and St. Peter’s) to hear from one of these local all-volunteer organizations “Rhinebeck at Home” with a membership of 110 people, committed to helping neighbors helping neighbors stay at home.
Our local clergy network wants to explore how this model might help the Millbrook area community plan ahead and our four local congregations might learn something from our friends in Rhinebeck.
We held a panel meeting on Thursday September 7th at Grace Church in Millbrook. Thirty people were able to hear from Nina Lynch and Anne Brueckner on how Rhinebeck at Home began and the kinds of services provided. A Steering Committee was formed and we are gathering information on existing resources and creating a short survey for the Town of Washington.
We have been invited to join Rhinebeck at Home on on September 25th to watch their national annual meeting of the movement via teleconference with Atul Gawande as the keynote speaker. This is another opportunity to understand this emerging model and adapt it to local needs in the Millbrook community. Seats are limited so RSVP today to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange transportation.
What we can learn from the Aging-in-Place concept
Rhinebeck at Home joins over 200 existing “aging in place” villages and another 100+ villages that are in development. We are a part of the Village to Village Network (VtV), a national peer-to-peer network that helps establish and continuously improve management of villages, whether in large metropolitan areas, rural towns or suburban settings. The mission of VtV is to enable communities to establish and effectively manage aging in community organizations initiated and inspired by their members. Villages that are part of VtV are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations, and are typically run by some staff and many volunteers. To learn more about Village to Village, visit their website http://www.vtvnetwork.org.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Stay Independent at Home:
Rhinebeck at Home is dedicated to helping our members remain in their homes and stay connected within our community as we grow older
Members share a common concern that we may need assistance, now or in the future, to maintain a fulfilling life
Rhinebeck at Home encourages and coordinates the efforts of our members to give and receive support
Members help members in some of the following ways:
Providing referrals to other community service organizations
Offering social activities
Helping each other do things
Sharing member-recommended service provider referrals
You can read more about Rhinebeck at Home on their website rhinebeckathome.org. If you are interested in being part of this emerging network, please send us your e mail address here for our monthly updates:
The October edition will have more details on existing local resources and an invitation to attend a community forum to discuss the future use of the Thorne Building in Millbrook on October 10th at 7 p.m. in the Firehouse. Senior needs are obviously part of the conversation, so please join us today.
Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, Vicar of St. Peter’s Lithgow