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February 03. 2013 6:35PM

New Hampshire Senior News

Healthy Habits program seeks volunteers
MANCHESTER - Seniors might not realize that nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese, according to Southern New Hampshire Services.

Seniors can help children in Manchester reverse this trend by volunteering to help with an intergenerational program called CATCH Healthy Habits.

Southern New Hampshire Services is looking for volunteers age 50 and older to help lead weekly classes that teach young children about nutrition, exercise and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

"It's easy, fun and, who knows, you may even develop some healthy habits yourself," Southern New Hampshire Services wrote in an email.

The program is sponsored by the Oasis Institute and is supported locally by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. Volunteers are needed for the spring and fall sessions.

For more information, call Lyn Collins at 634-1169 or email lcollins@snhs.org.

Presidential Oaks plans Valentine's Day activities

CONCORD - Valentine's Day is on the agenda at Presidential Oaks Retirement Community, 200 Pleasant St.

A "Sweetheart Dinner" is planned at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13. Seniors are invited to bring their favorite sweetheart for a dinner of roasted stuffed chicken breast, cheddar baked potato and chocolate mouse, then can feel free to "cut the rug" to live big band and swing music.

A program on "History of Chocolate" is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Those attending will learn that chocolate dates back to at least 1400 BC and the Aztecs, who associated it with the goddess of fertility, that chocolate was introduced in Europe in the 16th century, and that in 1689, a physician developed a chocolate drink that was later sold to the Cadbury brothers in 1897.

Valentine's fun continues at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with a "Love is in the Air Family Dinner." Guest families will partake in a meal of chicken cordon bleu, roasted potatoes and a "sweetheart" dessert, socialize, participate in a Valentine's Day Trivia game and sample complimentary chocolates.

The retirement community's events are always open to everyone and always free, though reservations are requested. For more information or to sign up, contact Linda Bresnahan, executive director, at 724-6100 or happenings@presidentialoaks.org.

Thursday sign-up deadline for Salvation Army 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.

Plymouth center to host program on hummingbirds

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will host a program on hummingbirds by U.S. Forester Candace Morrison from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

On Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, singer and songwriter Jim Tyrrell will entertain during lunch.

The center plans a "Kitchen Cook-off" on Thursday, Feb. 21, during which everyone on the kitchen staff and some volunteers will make their own special recipes. Seniors are welcome to taste the offerings and choose a favorite.

The center has two trips planned:

. April 26-27: Daffodil Day on Nantucket with a tour through Hyannis, Mass. After a 9 a.m. departure Friday, the group will have a buffet lunch, visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, check in at the Hyannis Inn Motel, have dinner at the Paddock restaurant and take an optional shopping trip to the Christmas Tree Shops. After breakfast Saturday, the group will take a high-speed ferry to Nantucket, take a one-hour tour of the island and then head to Daffodil Day. The trip is limited to 50 people. The cost is $277 per person for single occupancy; $249, double; and $245, triple. The payment is due by March 26.

. June 10-11: Portsmouth and Ogunquit, Maine. Plans include cruises, tours and food.

For more information about activities, call the center at 536-1204.

The center is hosting the AARP Tax-Aide program, whose trained volunteers help with preparing income tax forms. This program, which is offered every Friday until April 12, is intended for low- and middle-income people, especially those older than 60. For more information or to make or cancel an appointment, call the center at 536-1204.

Littleton center starting a monthly breakfast

LITTLETON - Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is starting a monthly breakfast, with the first one set for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Anyone is welcome for this buffet-style meal. To sign up, stop by the center's front desk. The day of the breakfast, people are asked to sign in at the front desk and make a $3 donation. Lunch still will be served that day.

The center plans an international day Friday with the theme "From Russia with Love." A Russian meal will be prepared by the kitchen's chefs. Frank Grammo, who spent time living and working in Russia, will give a presentation after lunch, sharing photos and stories of his adventures.

A Valentine's Day celebration with a special guest is planned after lunch Thursday, Feb. 14. Sally Mummey will portray Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Victoria, whose marriage to Prince Albert was one of history's great love stories. The N.H. Humanities Council sponsors the program.

A blood pressure/blood sugar clinic also will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 14.

The Bookworms Book Club will discuss "My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith" by Lucimarian Roberts and her daughter, "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. New members are welcome.

For more about activities, call the center at 444-0867.

Memory Lane Cafe's next session is Feb. 27

MANCHESTER - The Memory Lane Cafe is a safe and relaxed environment for people with dementia as well as their families to come together for some social time and support.

The cafe is offered the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St. The next gathering is Feb. 27.

The cafe brings together people who understand the disease and the situations dementia patients and their support system are facing. The first hour is filled with support and education for the family and other caregivers, while the person with dementia is engaged in an activity. The second hour is a social time during which everyone partakes in activities together.

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

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