New Hampshire Senior News in Brief

January 20. 2013 4:56PM

Workshop to focus on assisted living options

NASHUA - Assisted living is one of the many options available as people explore where to live as they grow older. Next month, Seniors Count-Nashua will present a special workshop for those looking for more information on this housing choice for a loved one or for themselves.

The discussion will look at the types of assisted living programs available in New Hampshire, as well as the pros and cons of the various types, the rate structures and the long-term implications of each of them.

Dawn Dumont, a certified senior adviser and assisted living placement counselor and founder of Opening New Doors, a New Hampshire-based assisted living placement agency, will present the workshop as an open forum in which questions are encouraged.

The free workshop will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.

Advance registration is strongly advised as space is limited. To sign up or for more information, call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services, at 889-3440 ext. 132.

Workshop participants may come early for lunch offered from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. by St. Joseph Community Services in the center's cafeteria. A $5 donation is requested for diners younger than 60; $2 for 60 and older. Preregistration for lunch is required; call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly by Seniors Count-Nashua. Prior programs have been filmed by Nashua's Education Channel 99 and are broadcast at 1 p.m. Mondays. They also can be viewed at

Bedford Seniors group plans meeting, 4 trips

BEDFORD - The Bedford Seniors' next meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, and will include social time, entertainment and a dessert hour.

Each month, members also bring contributions for the Salvation Army. Next month's item is pasta and spaghetti sauce. Anyone interested in the Bedford Seniors is welcome to attend a meeting to check out the group.

It's also not necessary to be a member to join one of the group's trips, including four coming up, all of which include transportation.

Feb. 13: Valentine's Day celebration, DiBurros, Haverhill, Mass., featuring the Elderly Brothers Duo and a dinner with a choice of chicken supreme or roasted top sirloin of beef. $59.

March 14: The Boston Flower & Garden Show. $49.

April 1-5: Atlantic City. $369 includes accommodations at the Taj Mahal, $50 in chips, $70 coupons for meals, a ticket to see Jack Jones and a day of sightseeing in Philadelphia.

For more trip information or to sign up, call Charlotte at 668-1422.

Cashin center donations now possible via PayPal

MANCHESTER - The Friends of the Cashin Senior Activity Center now has the capability of accepting electronic donations via PayPal through the city website's Senior Services Department's pages.

Anyone wishing to donate may go to, click on the Senior Services link and then the Friends of the Cashin Senior Activity Center link, which will lead to a page with the Friends' information and a donate button that allows people to make a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit.

This new capability enables the Friends to accept donations directly to help support capital expenses of the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, which offers social programs and educational opportunities for seniors at its location at 151 Douglas St.

For more information, contact the Senior Services Department at 624-6533.

Salvation Army invites seniors to Valentine lunch

MANCHESTER - The Salvation Army of Manchester is inviting seniors from Manchester and Bedford to its Valentine's Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday Feb. 14, at the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St. Entertainment also will be provided.

For reservations, call 627-7013 by Thursday, Feb. 7.

Wolfeboro club reschedules program, offers day trips

WOLFEBORO - The Wolfeboro Senior Citizens club canceled its January meeting due to last week's snow and rescheduled the guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Ranney, a chiropractor at Healing Frontiers, a chiropractic wellness center, to its February meeting.

Ranney will give a presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, on "Peak Energy Challenge." The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at All Saints Church on North Main Street.

The club also has two trips coming up, each costing $70. Because the club had to purchase nonrefundable tickets early, trip coordinator Jean Dolan says people who cancel at the last minute will not get a refund. She also asks that the money be paid at least a week before each trip.

Feb. 5: Oxford Casino, Oxford, Maine. Lunch will be on site.

March 12: Beacon Resort, Lincoln, for a St. Patrick's Day party, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner and Irish music.

For more trip information or to sign up, call Dolan at 569-9524 or assistants Joan Garnsey at 569-6920 or Penny Duncan at 569-2609.

The club meets at 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month from September to June at the church, which is one building south of Huggins Hospital. New members are welcome. For information, contact membership chairman Theresa Auen, P.O. Box 274, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896.

County nursing home ?hosts group for caregivers

GOFFSTOWN - Hillsborough County Nursing Home, 400 Mast Road, hosts a caregiver support group at 2 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in its chapel.

Anyone care giving for an elderly or chronically ill person in the community is free to join the group.

For more information, contact social worker Ron Mosher at 627-5540 extension 7342.

Meals on Wheels awarded $30,000 foundation grant

MERRIMACK - The Mary Gale Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to St. Joseph Community Services to support its Meals on Wheels program.

"We deeply appreciate the grant from the Mary Gale Foundation," Meghan Brady, president of St. Joseph Community Services, wrote in an email. "Sixty-five percent of our service is provided to women, and this grant supports our efforts to provide a hot nutritious meal and a safety check for homebound women in the Manchester area who cannot provide meals for themselves."

The foundation was formed in 2003 to provide needy and aged women in the Manchester area with housing and in-home services, including transportation, deliveries, in-home nursing care and home visits.

For more about Meals on Wheels, corporate sponsorship or in-kind donations, contact Maribeth McCue at or 424-9967. Information also is available at

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