The Bedford Council on Aging ~ A January Message

Here we are in 2021 with a new start and a chance for a new beginning. I hope in my heart, as many of you do, for a brighter and better year as we turn the page this month. There is nothing like a fresh start and the crisp winter air to invigorate the mind and body. As the new year comes around it always feels, to me, like an opportunity to look at things a different way. How could I improve what I did last year and what should I do differently this year to make things better? I will leave new year’s resolutions up to you though, as I can never keep mine…

We, as a community, did a tremendous job working and being together differently last year. Our entire operation at the COA changed drastically and many of you rode the wave of technology with us and kept us going. Thank you for attending our programs and accessing our services in a different way. Although we remain closed for now, I know we will build back better with your feedback, support, participation and input along the way. I look forward to the happiness, togetherness and reconnection we will enjoy on our re-opening sometime this year.

Our Fix It Shop opened last month, much to the excitement of our volunteers who run the shop and for those with things to fix! Re-opening a service like this brings me hope that we are able to continue doing what we can, follow COVID safety guidelines and serve our community. Thank you to the Fix It Shop volunteers for working with me on COVID protocols, schedules and curb-side drop off and pick up. If you have items to be fixed please call the COA or look for more information in our newsletter. The volunteers are ready and willing to get fixing !

As you know we are not out of our COVID concerns as a community. I am hopeful that we will physically re-open and welcome you back into the center. We don’t know how that re-opening may look or how many people can come inside at any one time. However, while we await direction from our Governor and Town leadership we will remain open virtually. Many of us are feeling a sense of COVID fatigue after so many months apart. I think we all want COVID to be over and for us to go back to normal. I am looking forward to the seeing the possibilities post-COVID and how we might incorporate our virtual world with an in-person one this year.

I look forward to being together with you all soon, with hope in our hearts, and we will all be so excited to see you when it is safe to do so. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2021 from the COA family to yours.

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