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July 15. 2012 6:07PM

NH Senior News: Memory Lane Café starting in Manchester

MANCHESTER — Although the concept of a social cafe for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, their families and support network is fairly new to the United States, it's something that's been going on in Europe and other countries for a decade or more.

Now one is coming to Manchester, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

The Memory Lane Café will be offered to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month, starting July 25.

Organizers say the cafe will be a safe and relaxed place where people with dementia and their families can come together for social time and peer-to-peer support.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or shirlgrdn@yahoo.com. The cafe will be hosted and organized by SunBridge Healthcare and a team of volunteers.

Fitness on the agenda at Cashin center



MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center will host a program by HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Concord offering “Senior Exercise and Fitness Tips” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The center also has started offering Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold chair classes.

Zumba is a dance fitness class known for Latin music, easy-to-follow moves and a party-like atmosphere. Zumba Gold modifies the Zumba moves and pacing to suit the needs of active older adults, as well as those just starting a fitness routine.

Instructor Tracey Barker is leading the Zumba Gold class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and the Zumba Gold chair classes at 9:30 a.m. Mondays. The first class is free and subsequent classes are $4 each for the chair classes and $5 each for the regular classes.

The center is offering a day trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to see “Oh, What a Night!” a musical tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. The $61 fee includes the motorcoach, $10 in Keno, a lunch buffet and admission to the 2 p.m. performance. A $10 nonrefundable deposit is required upon registration, and the balance is due the first week of September.

A “Pennsylvania Dutch” trip is planned from Sept. 16 to 19 to Lancaster County. The group will have dinner with an Amish family at their farm, tour farmlands, stop at farmers markets and shops and attend a production of “Jonah” at a Lancaster County theater. The fee is $650 per person for double occupancy, $600 for triple and $825 for single. The fee includes motorcoach transportation, the tour director, six meals, accommodations at the Hershey Farm Inn, admission to attractions and luggage handling, but not driver and tour director gratuities.

For more information about either trip or to register, call Claire at 624-6536.

Seniors Wellness Mornings to offer picnic in park



CONCORD — The Senior Wellness Mornings session on Tuesday, June 24, will feature a picnic at Elm Brook Park.

Senior Wellness Mornings, which offers free programs twice a month, is provided by the Concord Area Senior Wellness Team, a group of Concord Hospital volunteers committed to healthy living.

Seniors will carpool at 9:30 a.m. from the usual meeting place, Horseshoe Pond Place, 26 Commercial St. Registration is requested by calling 227-7000 ext. 3660.

Central NH VNA & Hospice offers blood pressure clinic



WOLFEBORO — The Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will host a blood pressure clinic from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sugar Hill Retirement Community, Rolling Wood Drive.


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