New Hampshire Senior News Briefs
Bone Builders, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, is a strength training and balance exercise program to help prevent and reverse osteoporosis, protect against fractures, improve balance and enhance well-being.
The program is led by trained volunteer leaders. Weights are provided, and participants can join an ongoing class at any time. The program is geared for those 60 and older, adults with disabilities or those at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis, but everyone is welcome. All participants must obtain a signed permission from their physician.
Classes are free, thanks to volunteers who share their time and sites that donate space.
The Manchester programs:
--Hallsville Court, 870 Hayward St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
--Catholic Medical Center Wellness Center, McGregor Street, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Nashua programs:
--Davidson Landing II, 145 Ledge St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.
--Wagner Court, 101 Burke St., Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.
--Streeter Shores, 76 Temple St., Tuesdays and Fridays, 10-11 a.m.
--Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3 p.m.
For more about joining a class or becoming a leader, call Dee Martin, 668-8010 ext. 6022, or Denise Charest, 598-9421.
Bedford Seniors meeting at different location
BEDFORD - The Bedford Seniors will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at a new location, Bedford Falls, 5 Corporate Drive, a senior living community next to the Copper Door Restaurant. 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 tuna fish.
People are welcome to attend a meeting as a guest to learn more about the group.
Best-selling author to speak at Nashua center
NASHUA - Peggy Huddleston, author of the best-selling book "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques," will lead two free workshops Wednesday at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.
The first session is set for 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Huddleston will repeat the workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The public is welcome.
In her book and relaxation CD, Huddleston says, she empowers patients to take an active role in preparing for surgery and their healing through mind-body techniques.
Huddleston, a psychotherapist, researcher and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, will show people how using relaxation and visualization techniques will reduce anxiety, result in less pain medication and lead to faster healing.
To contact the senior center, call 889-6155.
Littleton center offers seniors a ride to polls
LITTLETON - The Littleton Area Senior, 77 Riverglen Lane, is offering a ride to the polls on Tuesday, voting day. Seniors should check with the front desk for the pick-up time.
The center will celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Thursday with a meal of corned beef and cabbage. Anyone who wears green can be part of a special drawing. Trevor Hardy and Dick Alberini will sing some Irish classics after the food raffle.
For more about the center's activities, call 444-6050.
Plymouth center plans St. Pat's Day celebrations
PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., is encouraging seniors to wear their green all weeklong next week for St. Patrick's Day.
The center will have a corn beef and cabbage meal Wednesday, March 20. Bill Sharp will entertain. A bake sale fundraiser also is planned, with a catch, everything will be green. Seniors are asked to get creative with green cookies, cakes, pies and other treats.
Irish music and a hearty Irish brunch are on the calendar Friday, March 22. Brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m., and Marty Quirk will perform Irish tunes at 11:15 a.m.
For more information about the center, call 536-1204.
Nominations due for Salute to Senior honor
The deadline is nearing to nominate a senior for the Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network.
The program honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month for their favorite causes.
Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, March 31. Seniors are welcome to nominate themselves.
State winners will be selected by popular vote from April 15 to 30 at salutetoSeniorService.com. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
Home Instead will donate $500 to each state winner's favorite nonprofit group 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 charity.
To complete a nomination form online and to view the contest's rules, go to SalutetoSeniorService.com. Completed forms also may be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.
For more information, call 668-6868 or go to www.homeinstead.com/centralnh.
Cashin center to host talk on home care
MANCHESTER - The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., is hosting a presentation Wednesday by the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire on "What to Expect When Your Doctor Orders Home Care."
The talk, which will begin at 3 p.m., will explain the healthcare benefits, various clinical support services and patient responsibility surrounding care at home. For more information, call the center at 624-6535.
Chapin Senior Center schedules CPR classes
NEW LONDON - The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., will offer CPR classes from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 19 and 26. Students will learn adult, child and infant CPR. Attendance at both classes is required for certification, which costs $2 for the certification card. Attendance is limited. To register, call 526-6368.
The Breakfast Club book discussion group's meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday will focus on "Turn of Mind" by Alice LaPlante. Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday will feature "Big Miracle."
NH's back-road rest areas fading away
A tailgate trick-or-treat in Mason