Council on Aging Message for May 2022

~ Submitted by the Bedford Council on Aging

At last, May is here. April showers certainly do bring May flowers and I hope you have a sunny window to look out of to enjoy the spring in full bloom. This month we are fully showcasing our new logo in our latest newsletter which has given us opportunity to update the heading of the newsletter with color and letting.  I hope you enjoy our new front page! I have to extend my thanks again to our interns, Izabelle and Katie, and our COA Social Worker, Danika who together with myself and the COA team, spent time crafting, perfecting and helping to re-brand our COA to reflect what it is today. I think the logo and tag line are very meaningful in that we believe you, our neighbors and friends, are truly the roots of our community. We are inspired by you each and every day. We know many of you have set down roots in the town, made decisions through Town Meetings, voting, or by serving on groups and committees, and contributed to the growth we see now.

You may have received our postcard, in the mail with our new logo. The postcard was sent out last month to the entire Bedford community with our hope to share our great work with everyone and get the word out about what we do. We want to remind everyone that we are still here in the post-COVID world and perhaps we will reach new families with older loved ones who may not know what we have to offer their older relative. Maybe we can reach a grandparent raising grandchildren who is not thinking of their own needs or we may reach the many unpaid, family caregivers who are also in need our support and care.

We have developed a brand-new tri-fold showcasing all our programs and services in an easy to read format. We plan to distribute those to locations around town and have them available at the COA. Please pick up one of our tri-folds and let us know what you think, and especially tell us if you learned something new! You may see our new posters around town that are also part of this outreach effort, and we have a COA fridge magnet that we can’t wait to share with you on Bedford Day this September, along with showing off our improved COA table!

For newbies visiting the COA for the first time, including families with older relatives or concerned neighbors and friends, we are creating a welcome packet including these new items. If you, or anyone you know, might like to learn more about the COA and would be interested in connected with us, please call or come along to the COA for a visit. We will provide our welcome packet and ask you to complete our new connection card. This card helps us gather your information quickly and update our systems to keep in touch with you year-round. If you are an existing attendee and would like to update your information with us, including emergency contacts, please ask for a connection card at the front desk.

We are excited to share with the community all the COA has to offer. I do and hope you will also share the good word about our work and encourage your friends, families and neighbors who are not connected to get in touch! Thank you all for being our inspiration and reason we do the work we do. We look forward to seeing more of you as the season improves and hope you will visit us soon.

As always, your Director, Alison Cservenschi (she/her/hers)

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