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September 30. 2012 7:52PM

New Hampshire Senior News


Coleen Brady, center, Regency's Home Health's Senior Volunteer of the Year, and Diane Denoncourt, the home's director of community relations, pose with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats mascot during Health Care Appreciation Night at the ballpark. Brady was presented with the gift basket and a gift certificate. (COURTESY)
Presidential Oaks to host Classic Car Field Day

CONCORD — Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St., will host a Classic Car Field Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded for most original, best custom, longest distance, residents' choice, special interest and best of show, which has a $50 value. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:20 p.m.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $15 and includes the driver's lunch. The first 50 to enter will receive goody bags. The rain date is Sunday.

A lunch menu will offer burgers, hot dogs, chips and free popcorn. Sundae cups will be free for those younger than 10 or older than 70.

For more information, contact Linda Bresnahan at 724-6101 or happenings@presidentialoaks.org.

Friday deadline for police Senior Citizens Academy

NASHUA — Registration is under way for the Nashua Police Department's Senior Citizens Academy, says Chief John Seusing, and the deadline to sign up is Friday.

Like the department's Citizens Academy, the program is designed to give seniors an inside look into how the Nashua police operate. What is different, the department says, is the focus on issues that seniors face every day, such as fraud, personal safety, scams and identity theft.

Officer Jane Constant, the state's only full-time senior relations officer, will coordinate the sessions. The five-week program will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Oct. 10 through Nov. 7, in the department classroom.

Seniors will meet with officers and receive information on steps they can take to protect themselves. To register, call Constant at 594-3628.

Bedford Hills' penny sale to help Alzheimer's group

BEDFORD — Bedford Hills Care and Rehab Center, 30 Colby Court, will host a penny sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

The drawing will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. It's not necessary to be present to win the prize. For more information, call Julie Hamilton at 296-3756.

New adult day program schedules open house

NASHUA — All Generations Home Care, which has announced the addition of All Generations Adult Day Program at 460 Amherst St., will have an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and join them for light refreshments.

The adult day program is designed to provide respite for caregivers. For more information, call 589-9570.

Retired educators to meet in Swanzey for luncheon

SWANZEY — The Cheshire County Retired Educators Association plans a luncheon meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Nick's Restaurant, Route 10 in West Swanzey.

The gathering will begin at noon with social time, followed by a lunch at 12:30 p.m. hosted by members Pauline Dionne and Lillian O'Reilly. At 1:30 p.m., guest speaker Martha Bauman, a Keene Sentinel columnist, will discuss “Images of Aging,” a look both forward and backward at how elders perceive and are perceived by society.

The association comprises retired teachers, administrators and educational support personnel who live in or formerly taught in Cheshire County. Membership includes retirees from the ranks of early childhood to post-secondary education. Those interested in joining the association or attending the luncheon should contact membership chairman Kenneth Whitaker at 827-3702.

Manchester Senior Services Commission has new leader

MANCHESTER — Commissioner Patricia Schoch has been named the new chairman of Manchester's Senior Services Commission, which is a five-person committee appointed by Mayor Ted Gatsas and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen.

The commission is an advisory committee to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and to the Senior Services Department's director.

Schoch, who has been a commission member since 2010, has been working with seniors for the past 15 years and is a past director of Hillsborough County ServiceLink. She also has managed and developed two statewide in-home, nonmedical senior care programs.

She currently is executive director of Bentley Commons at Bedford, an 85-bed assisted living community in Bedford.

RSVP program looking for Mr. or Ms. Fixit

The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Fixit Corps, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, is looking for volunteers to assist clients 60 and older or disabled homeowners with minor home repairs and maintenance.

For more information or to express interest, call Dee Martin at 668-8010 in the Manchester area or Denise Charest at 598-9421 in the Nashua area.

Travel company to visit Chapin Senior Center

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host the owner of New Hampshire-based tour company Terrapin Tours at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The company is now offering tours from the New London area. Owner Kelly Cooke will meet with seniors and give details about 2012 and 2013 tours.

The center's Breakfast Club book group will discuss “The Gold Bug and Other Tales” by Edgar Allan Poe at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Movie and Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, will feature “Ladies in Lavender,” a 2004 film starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

Covered bridges of New Hampshire will be the topic for the next Conversations with Lunch at noon Monday, Oct. 22, at First Baptist Church. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368 before Wednesday, Oct. 17.

The center will host a VNA flu clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Seniors should bring medical insurance cards. Medicare and Medicare supplements, N.H. Medicaid and private insurance plans are accepted. The cash cost is $25.

Regency Home Health honors senior volunteer

MANCHESTER — Regency Home Health has named Coleen Brady its Senior Volunteer of the Year, an honor the company launched to recognize volunteers for outstanding support and dedication to the community.

Brady was selected based on her commitment to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program's Thresholds and Decisions Program, which is designed to teach inmates to make better life choices.

Starting in 2009, Brady counseled inmates in the one-to-one portion of the program and now is the lead teacher for the group sessions.

“It can be extremely difficult and challenging working with inmates, preparing them to return to society as productive and law-abiding individuals,” Diane Denoncourt, Regency's director of community relations, wrote in an email. “Coleen works diligently to make each inmate learn that they do have the power within themselves to make positive changes.”

Brady was presented with a gift basket and gift certificate during the New Hampshire Fisher Cats' Health Care Appreciation Night.

Octoberfest, flu, Medicare on Plymouth agenda

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate Octoberfest on Wednesday with German food and entertainment from the Baker Valley Band. Seniors are encouraged to bring in a mug for a beer mug contest.

Flu shots will be given by Speare Memorial Hospital staff from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the center. No appointment is needed. Seniors should bring their Medicare or Medicaid card. Without the card, the fee will be $25.

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Part D plans is Oct. 25 to Dec. 7. Sally Edson of ServiceLink will be at the center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, to help seniors research the different plans in the conference room. Senior also may call ServiceLink at (866) 634-9412 or Ron at 536-1204 for enrollment information.

Littleton center's talk on scams open to public

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 88 Riverglen Lane, will host a presentation sponsored by AARP on “Top Frauds and Scams” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Peter Kawonczyk, a retired Air Force officer and former government employee, will be joined by Littleton police Chief Paul Smith in a discussion of different types of scams, from Medicare fraud to foreign lotteries, and how seniors can protect themselves. The free program is open to the pubic.

Seniors who wish to go to the Fryeburg Fair in Maine on Senior Day on Tuesday can check at the front desk to see if the free transportation provided by the Lions Club still has space available. Buses will leave from the center at 8 a.m.

Octoberfest on Friday will feature a special lunch, German-style music, (root) beer, and a “pass the present” game.

Retired Men's Association to learn fitness tips

MANCHESTER — A lecture on “Fitness for Seniors” will be part of the New Hampshire Retired Men's Association meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Erik Mullen, a fitness specialist with Elliot Senior Fitness Center, 138 Webster St., will discuss the benefits of exercise specific to seniors as well as the guidelines for beginning an exercise program.

The association meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. and a guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings are in Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St. ground floor, across the street from CMC.

The meetings are free and open to any men interested. For more information, contact Tom Arnold at tomtarnold@att.net or 965-3573.

The association also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month and a cribbage group that meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more about the computer group, email Jim Theodosopoulos at jimtheo@comcast.net. For cribbage information, call Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or email soupie28@comcast.net.

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