New Hampshire Senior News

October 14. 2012 6:21PM
The Central Committee for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Manchester comprises, from left, Sharon Kace of Manchester, Fran Wiggin of Bedford, Carlton “Swede” Nelson of Fremont, Margaret Downes of Manchester, Bob Jones of Bedford, Margaret Wiggin of Bedford, Dottie Nelson of Fremont and Joan Stergiou of Manchester. (COURTESY)
Seniors invited to Fall Health and Wellness Fair

ROCHESTER - The Homemakers Health Services will host a free Fall Health and Wellness Fair for seniors, their families and caregivers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the American Legion Hall, 94 Eastern Ave.

The fair, which is open to the public, will feature more than 50 area organizations and businesses, including community health care providers, hearing and vision specialists, rehabilitation services, insurance and financial planning counselors, and assisted living facility representatives, as well as free give-aways, raffles and prizes. A free light breakfast and lunch also will be offered.

'At The Homemakers, we believe that taking good care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for your family. With this in mind, we're inviting all seniors, their families and caregivers to a special day of health and wellness,' said René Philpott, community relations director. 'You'll be able to get a flu shot, meet health specialists, take advantage of free screenings and learn more about healthy living.'

The fair will have a fall/Halloween theme, so all vendors and attendees are invited to dress in costume. For more information or to learn more about being a vendor or sponsor, contact Linda Nylund at 335-1770, ext. 114 or

Senior living community plans ribbon cutting

BEDFORD - Benchmark Senior Living will open the doors of its new senior living community, Bedford Falls, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Opening remarks and a ribbon cutting are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Bedford Falls has 84 apartments - 60 traditional assisted living and 24 for those needing memory care in a secured neighborhood.

Speakers will include Tom Grape, Benchmark's founder and CEO; Christen Bergeron, Bedford Falls executive director; and Jessie Levine, Bedford town manager.

Valet parking will be available. For more about Bedford Falls, located at 5 Corporate Drive, call (781) 489-7174.

Museum's Alzheimer's Café to celebrate anniversary

DOVER - The Children's Museum of New Hampshire will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Alzheimer's Café program from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday with live music, ice cream and a birthday cake provided by Langdon Place.

The museum is an ideal place for the café, said Paula Rais, director of community engagement for the museum. 'Intergenerational experiences are beneficial for all ages, and the people who have attended this year have responded very positively to our surroundings,' Rais said. 'Some enjoy the opportunity to be around vibrant youngsters, while others just enjoy the colorful, non-clinical setting for these monthly get-togethers. We have witnessed new friendships being formed and coping strategies being shared. We could not be more pleased with how the community has responded.'

The café welcomes people who have Alzheimer's disease, along with their family members and care partners, to gather in a supportive, non-clinical setting to relax, enjoy refreshments and socialize. Reservations are not needed. There is no cost to attend, though donations are accepted.

The cafés are from 2 to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the museum, 6 Washington St. For more information, contact Rais at or 742-2002.

Lifelong Learning Institute adds committee members

MANCHESTER - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Granite State College recently appointed new members to its Central Committee for 2012-13: Margaret Downes, Sharon Kace and Joan Stergiou, all of Manchester; Bob Jones, Fran Wiggin and Margaret Wiggin, all of Bedford; and Dottie Nelson and Carlton 'Swede' Nelson of Fremont.

The committee is the main decision-making body for Manchester OLLI and is responsible for the overall performance of the member-driven organization, which provides learning opportunities for New England residents 50 and older. There are no tests, credits or grades; OLLI says the classes are about learning for the joy of it.

OLLI offers classes in Manchester, Concord, Claremont, Conway and the Seacoast. To learn more or to request the 2012 fall class catalog, email or call the OLLI office at 513-1377.

CCREA sets holiday lunch, welcomes new retirees

KEENE - The Cheshire County Retired Educators Association has scheduled its holiday luncheon for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Stonewall Farm.

During CCREA's meeting last week, hosts Pauline Dionne and Lillian O'Reilly welcomed 86 members and guests, including eight new members or first-time attendees.

Membership Chairman Ken Whitaker introduced new retirees: Judy Bischoff and Eileen Breckell, SAU 38, special education; Linda Cucchiara and Chuck Weed, Keene State College; Katie Delaney, Keene Community Education; Janet Horton and Barbara Ware, Keene High School; and Carol Packwood, Austin, Texas, special education.

President Jackie Cleary expressed the appreciation of the members for the contributions of Martha and Allan LaFleur, who have moved from the area. Guest speaker Martha Bauman, a Keene Sentinel columnist, focused on 'Images of Aging' and how perceptions of 'aged' have changed as the population ages.

CCREA includes retired teachers, administrators and educational support personnel who live in or who previously taught in Cheshire County. For membership information, call Whitaker at 827-3702.

Mascoma center plans flu clinic, Halloween lunch

CANAAN - Mascoma Area Senior Center, 1166 Route 4, will have a flu shot clinic from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The shots are free with a Medicare card. For more information, call the center at 523-4333.

A Halloween-themed lunch also is on the schedule Oct. 31. Those who dress up for lunch will be included in a drawing for a door prize.

The monthly raffles to benefit the senior center offer an assortment of Halloween candy for the Oct. 31 drawing and a crocheted lap blanket for the Nov. 28 drawing. Tickets are 50 cents each and are available at the center.

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