New Hampshire Senior News

February 17. 2013 4:46PM

Search on for outstanding senior volunteer

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted until March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at Online voting will take place from April 15 to 30.

From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.

Home Instead Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners' favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner's nonprofit charity of choice.

"We all know seniors who do so much for our community," said Lisa Byrne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving central New Hampshire. "These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older."

Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults. So, too, are family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.

To complete and submit a nomination form online and to view the contest's rules, go to Completed nomination forms also may be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

For more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead, call 668-6868 or go to

Workshop offers older drivers auto maintenance tips

NASHUA - Having a well-maintained car is important and becomes even more critical as driving habits change as people grow older. Seniors Count-Nashua says seniors need to plan for the changes that can affect not only car maintenance schedules but also their decisions on purchasing future cars.

To help people better understand the need to have a car that meets their needs, Seniors Count is hosting a free workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.

Bill Gurney, owner and founder of Gurney's Automotive in Nashua and Milford, will present the workshop.

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.

The workshop will be rescheduled if the center is closed due to bad weather; call Todgham to confirm if needed.

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

Southern New Hampshire Services, ServiceLink Resource Center, the Nashua Public Library and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

AARP sets March schedule for driving refresher classes

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

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

The class covers such information as defensive driving techniques and age-related changes to vision, hearing and reaction time. The course is a combination of discussion and videos; there are no written or driving tests.

Several insurance companies that do business in New Hampshire offer drivers discounts after completing the class.

Hollis: March 19-20, Hollis Community Center (Lawrence Barn), 26 Depot Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 880-8685 to register.

Hudson: March 7-8, Hudson Police Department, 8 a.m.-noon, call 816-2245.

Manchester: March 18 and 20, Community Health Services at Catholic Medical Center, 195 McGregor St., lower level, Suite LL22, 1-5 p.m., call 626-2626.

Nashua: March 5-6, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua, 2300 Southwood Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 594-3628.

Nashua: March 26-27, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 577-2002.

Rochester: March 25-26, Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call Ollie Lafond at 228-4673.

Tilton: March 18-19, AutoServ of Tilton, 40 E. Main St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 286-3141 ext. 2120.

Riverwoods conversation to focus on 'Making the Move'

EXETER - "Making the Move" is the focus of RiverWoods' next Three-Course Conversations program, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ridge campus, 10 White Oak Drive.

"Making the move to a retirement community can be one of the most freeing decisions you'll ever make, but transitions can be intimidating," RiverWoods wrote on its website about the program.

During the three-course luncheon, three panelists will speak about issues related to moving:

--The topic for Kathleen LaFave, director of RiverWoods Resident Services at its Woods campus, is: "We Did It! Now What? Hear About Life After the Move."

--The topic for Diane Bortone, move-in coordinator with the community's marketing team, is: "Learn About the Move-in Tool Box and Resources for your Next Chapter."

--Resident Howie Colwell, who moved into RiverWoods with his wife, Lydia, in 2008, will share insight on how residents pursue their passions and make new friends..

The program is for people curious about what life is really like at a retirement community. Seating for is limited. To RSVP, call Diane Burch at 658-3014 or email

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.

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