New Hampshire Senior News Notes

March 03. 2013 3:44PM

Free Health & Wellness Expo in Dover

DOVER - Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, will host a free Health & Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday that is open to the public.

A variety of Seacoast health and wellness businesses will offer free screenings, including blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, eye, foot, hearing and pulse oximeter, a measurement of oxygen. Balance tests, orthopedic massages, chiropractic care, and cane and walker fittings also will be available. For a modest charge, people can receive a shingles vaccination and a flu shot.

Information will be available on topics including home safety, mobile scooter safety and use, holistic medicines, and medication information and safety.

Businesses planning to participate so far: Interim Healthcare, Cornerstone VNA, Rite Aid, Homewatch Caregivers, Angels at Home, Care Pharmacy, Dover Eye Care, Living Innovations, Portsmouth Foot & Ankle, Therapeutic Massage Company, Lakeside Mobility Scooters, Fresenius Medical Care/Dialysis, Sound Advice Hearing Center, Lincare and Home Instead.

Maple Suites will supply snacks and beverages. To attend or for more information, call 742-8820. The public also is invited to walk in the day of the event. Those who RSVP in advance to 742-8820 will be invited to a meal.

Foundations award grants to Meals on Wheels

Merrimack - Two charitable foundations recently awarded grants to St. Joseph Community Services to support its Meals on Wheels program.

The Citizens Bank Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant, while the Doris and Vivian Horton Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant.

Meghan Brady, president of St. Joseph Community Services, said, "Over the past several years, the need for the Meals on Wheels Program has significantly increased and funding has not kept pace." So, she said, the agency is very grateful for the donations, which will support efforts to provide a hot, nutritious meal and a safety check for homebound adults who cannot provide meals for themselves.

The Citizens Bank Foundation is the principal charitable contributions vehicle of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Citizens Bank and Charter One Bank, N.A. The foundation's support is focused on providing shelter, fighting hunger, strengthening communities and teaching money management.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation was established in 1962 to enable local donors to take an organized approach to giving and to better understand the needs in their region.

For more information on the Meals on Wheels program, corporate sponsorship or in-kind donations, contact Maribeth McCue at or 424-9967. More information also is available at

Talk to focus on caregiver stress plus forgetfulness

BEDFORD - The Arbors of Bedford, an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory impairments, offers an Adult Children of Aging Parents Educational Series.

The next presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, will focus on "What is Normal Forgetfulness?" plus "Issues Relating to Caregiver Stress."

The presenter is Peggy Dorson, APRN, owner of Moving Forward, which helps older adults age with dignity and offers treatment for patients and families dealing with dementia. Dorson has more than 20 years of experience working with older adults.

Light Refreshments will be served. An RSVP is appreciated. To sign up or for more information, contact Kate Murray at 647-9300 or

Bedford Seniors meeting to include Irish music

BEDFORD - The Bedford Seniors' next meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Bill Perry and Ed Rioux will entertain with Irish music.

Members bring a donation for the Salvation Army each month. This month's request is for canned meat and/or tuna fish.

People are welcome to attend a meeting as a guest to learn more about the group.

The Bedford Seniors also organizes trips throughout the year that are open to the public and might be of special interest to prospective members. For more information, call Charlotte at 668-1422. Trips usually combine a meal and entertainment.

Plymouth seniors have something to cheer about

PLYMOUTH - In honor of National Cheerleading Week, the Plymouth Regional Senior Center will host 18 members of the Plymouth High School cheerleading team.

They will perform some of their special routines at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the center, 8 Depot St. Seniors are welcome to enjoy the show and stay for lunch.

The Pemi-Baker Senior Citizens Club will meet Thursday, March 14, at the center. Members are encouraged to attend because a vote is planned on bylaws.

Pemi-Baker Community Health is offering a blood check clinic at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Noyes Library.

Community watch group the topic for retired men

Manchester -The New Hampshire Retired Men's Association will host Deborah Foroutan, vice president of the Rimmon Community Watch Group, when it meets Tuesday, March 19, starting at 10:30 a.m. with a social hour and refreshments, and then the program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Foroutan, who has lived in the Rimmon Community for 25 years, will discuss the group's history, accomplishments and 2013 plans, as well as its many activities, financial support and various committees. The group works closely with the Manchester police department.

The association meets monthly in Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St. lower level, across the street from the hospital. The meetings are free and open to all men. For more information, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573.

The association also offers two subgroups. A computer group meets the second Thursday of the month. For more about this group, email Jim Theodosopoulos at A cribbage card playing group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For cribbage information, call contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or

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