Joann Erenhouse: Senior Solutions: Back to school time inspires discussion of 'Happy Memories'

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It is back to school time with lots of children catching the buses and walking to their classes. Do you remember your early days of school? Did you have many boys and girls in your classes? How did you get to school?

I remember the smell of crayons and the excitement of seeing who would be in my class. Take a few minutes and think back. What were some of your favorite memories? Perhaps you remember dodge ball games or jump rope songs at recess?

We have a semi-retired psychologist who is going to be leading a discussion group here at our Springfield office around the topic of "Happy Memories." If you are interested in getting together with others and having a pleasant time, why don't you call our HelpLine at 802-885-2669 for more information and to sign up? This is free and just for your enjoyment.

By the way, our Foxy Fund is waiting for more donations. You can access this at our website: to find out how to donate.

This project was started through a bequest from an older gentleman who had his life turned around by a little dog whom he named Foxy. The story is on the website. Sometimes we have a client who has a pet they have loved and are having a difficult time caring for it because of their reduced circumstances. We try to help tide them over with a bag of dog food or other small assistance resources. When a person is older and very lonely, a beloved pet can make all the difference in the world to them. We don't like to see someone forced to give up their companion because they can't afford to feed both themselves and their pet. It is a small fund and every dollar helps. Thank you.

Please consider calling us at 802-885-2669 and scheduling a HomeMeds assessment with our nurse/case manager. She will ask you to assemble all your prescriptions, over the counter, vitamins, herbal remedies, etc. for her to screen for harmful interactions and side effects. This is free to anyone over 60 who lives in Windham or Windsor County. Our consulting pharmacist will double check the results and forward findings to your primary care physician. Then you can discuss with him or her what next steps to take should red flags be discovered.

Open Enrollment starts in October. Call our HelpLine now if you need insurance advice. Don't wait until the last minute. Thank you.

Joann Erenhouse, Esq., is the community relations director for Senior Solutions, the federally-designated Area Agency on Aging serving Southeastern Vermont since 1973. Senior Solutions provides information and assistance and administers a variety of programs for older adults and people with disabilities. Call 802-885-2669 or visit



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