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January 27. 2013 7:36PM

NH Senior News Notes


Margaret Kendal Thornton, a 98-year-old resident of Woodcrest Village in New London, will sign copies of her book, "One Decade at a Time," at the assisted living facility next week. (COURTESY)

Woodcrest Village resident publishes first book at 98
NEW LONDON - Margaret "Peg" Kendal Thornton, a resident of Woodcrest Village, has published her first book at the age of 98 and will autograph it during a book signing from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the assisted living facility, 356 Main St.

"One Decade at a Time" is a compilation of more than 50 years of fiction writing. The book includes five stories, each completed in a different decade, beginning with "The Opposite of Love" (1949), "Her Mother's Keeper" (1959), "Dexter's Inn" (1969), "Strong Woman" (1979) and finishing with "The Catalyst" (1989).

Thornton will have a brief discussion about her book and then sign copies, which will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Books will be available for purchase.

Woodcrest Village says Thornton has been painting and writing from a very young age. She graduated in 1937 from Smith College, where she majored in art and minored in English. Woodcrest Village says she maintained her enthusiasm for the arts throughout her life, continuing to paint into her 90s. Over the years, she has a written numerous poems, short stories and publications and enjoyed her participation in alumni groups and public service and church groups.

RiverWoods' free educational series kicks off with downsizing program

EXETER - RiverWoods' free educational event series features opportunities to connect with residents of the continuing care retirement community and hear from experts on topics including downsizing, health and wellness and the economy.

This year's series kicks off Tuesday with "Three-Course Conversations," which offers three luncheon courses and conversation on "Downsizing: Make This Your New Year's Resolution."

During the salad course, residents Bob and Carol Henrici, who have been through the downsizing process, will talk about developing and following a plan; during the entree, downsizing professional Kathy Ashton, owner of Home Transitions, will share her expertise; and during dessert, resident Marion Donnelly will put the focus on "Downsizing, Selling and Relocating: Who Should be Included in the Process?"

The program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ridge Campus at RiverWoods, 10 White Oak Drive. Seating is limited. To check on availability, call Diane Burch at 658-3014 or email her at dburch@riverwoodsrc.org.

People attending are invited to bring a small item that they would like to off-load, and RiverWoods will donate it to a local charity.

Also on the series schedule are:

. "Real Estate Forecast: Top Trends to Watch in 2013," with John W. Rice, immediate past president of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Woods Campus at RiverWoods, 7 RiverWoods Drive.

. "2013 Economic Outlook for Retirement: Global Trends and Regional Projections for the U.S., New England and New Hampshire," with Ross Gittell, an economic researcher, business analyst and forecaster, Thursday, March 14, 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m., the Woods Campus.

To sign up for these programs, also call or email Burch.

Maple Suites to host author's talk, seminar on hip and knee pain

DOVER - Maple Suites Senior Independent Living Community, 30 Holiday Drive, has a talk by a Portsmouth author and a seminar by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital on hip and knee pain on its February schedule.

Harold Whitehouse will talk about his book, "Home By Nine," about life in Portsmouth during the Depression, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He also will tell stories and share photos from old-timers who grew up in the "South End" of Portsmouth. He will autograph his book after the discussion.

Donna Smith, a registered nurse and coordinator of the Joint Replacement Program at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, will conduct the seminar on hip and knee pain at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The seminar will focus on the anatomy of knees and hips; signs and symptoms of joint problems; how joint specialists can help; treatment options plus diet, exercise and medication.

For more information or to attend the author's discussion or the health seminar, both of which are free, RSVP to Maple Suites at 742-8820 in advance.

Those who sign up in advance also are invited to enjoy a meal after each program at 12:30 p.m.

AARP Driver Safety program sets schedule for driving refresher class

The AARP Driver Safety Program has announced the February lineup for its driving refresher course.

The two-part class, which is open to any age driver but geared to people 50 and older, costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.

Nashua: Feb. 4 and 6, St. Joseph Hospital, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 595-3168 to register.

Hollis: Feb. 19-20, Lawrence Barn Community Center, 26 Depot Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 880-8685.

Manchester: Feb. 18 and 20, Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services, 195 McGregor St., lower level, Suite LL22, 1-5 p.m., call 663-6333.

Concord: Feb. 27-28, Horseshoe Park Place, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. call 228-6956.

Littleton Area Senior Center offering AARP Tax-Aide program

LITTLETON - The Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is among the senior centers in New Hampshire offering assistance with income tax preparation through the AARP Tax-Aide program.

AARP volunteers will provide assistance every Tuesday in February and March at the Littleton center.

To make an appointment, call Kate at 444-6050. Appointment times will be available from 2 to 5 p.m.

Chapin Senior Centers offers monthly health screenings

NEW LONDON - The Kearsarge Council on Aging's Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host Ask a Nurse and a blood pressure and glucose screening clinic from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

A Visiting Nurse Association foot care clinic will be offered for $20 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. A doctor's order is required for diabetics. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368.

The center's Breakfast Club book discussion group will focus on "A Secret Gift" by Ted Gup when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, will feature the film "The Help." For movie information for Sunday at the Movies at 2 p.m. Feb. 10, call the COA.

Ongoing activities include men's and women's discussion groups, a craft group, chair exercises, a walking program, walk-in painting sessions, games, assistance with computers, Medicare and long-term care planning, a Parkinson's support group and genealogy workshops.


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