Council on Aging Message for November 2022

~ Submitted by the Bedford Council on Aging

I hope you are all well this month and looking forward to the holiday season. I would like to offer a reminder for daylight savings this year, on Sunday November 6th. Don’t forget to change your clocks, ‘fall back’ and enjoy that extra hour of rest. Darker mornings can be a hazard when moving around your home and I recommend making nightlights are checked and replaced, when needed. This month is also a good time to check all your fire and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. I am reminded from Bedford Fire Department that alarms purchased before 1980 should be replaced. The Bedford Fire Department is happy to assist with the installation of safety alarms, so please reach out if assistance is needed. In addition, take this time to have your emergency and weather-related plans in order, before the New England winter arrives, to ensure a safe winter season.

Each November we remember and honor our brave and courageous Veterans. This day, in commemoration of the end of ‘The Great War’ of 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and the end of hostilities in 1945 is a moment to thank all of our Veterans for their sacrifices. I would also like to extend our sincere thanks from the Council on Aging to all of our veterans in recognition of their service and to all the military spouses and families who served, or have served, along-side their loved ones in their own way. 

Thanksgiving has come around again and I would like to extend my thanks to the American Legion #221, and all of their volunteers for their service to the older residents of Bedford around Thanksgiving. I am grateful to partner with the American Legion #221 again this year in providing their delicious annual Thanksgiving meal on Sunday November 20th. I truly value our long-standing relationship with this great organization. Every year the dedicated members of the Legion open their doors and welcome their older neighbors to gather, celebrate, catch up with old friends and enjoy a special meal together. I hope you will consider coming along this year and more information on this event is on the back page of our latest newsletter for more information. 

On closing, thank you all for your continued support of our COA. Simply by keeping in touch or taking part in our programs and services daily, weekly or monthly we can we sure we are serving you in the best ways possible. We could not do what we do without you and your feedback and we have come a long way since COVID thanks to your suggestions and participation. Finally, I would like to wish you, your family and loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving from the entire COA staff and myself. Come and see us soon.     

As always, Alison Cservenschi, Director        

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