New Hampshire Senior News Briefs

July 21. 2013 3:40PM

5 NH wineries part of AARP Day on Aug. 4

Manchester — Five New Hampshire vineyards will offer free tastings, free tours and other freebies for AARP members Sunday, Aug. 4.

The wineries participating and the hours are:

• Flag Hill Winery, 297 River Road, Lee, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Sweet Baby Vineyard, 14 Powwow River Road, East Kingston, noon to 5 p.m.

• Jewell Towne Vineyards, 183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, noon to 5 p.m.

• Windroc Vineyard, 286 Piscassic Road, Newfields, noon to 4 p.m.

AARP members must show their membership card and photo ID to access the specials. Directions and other information can be found at

“AARP staff and volunteers will also be at each winery,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Kelly Clark. “We encourage people to stop by and learn about AARP in their communities.”

Starting Aug. 1, AARP members also may buy discounted tickets ($10 versus $26) to the UNH Wildcats hockey game against UMass Lowell on Nov. 2.

To find out more about other offerings and activities of AARP New Hampshire, go to,, and

Plaistow area seniors invited to cookout

PLAISTOW — The Vic Geary Senior Center’s board of directors is inviting area seniors to a free cookout sponsored by the Plaistow Lions Club from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

The Lions will cook and serve the meal inside the center’s air-conditioned hall. Paul Rene will provide music, and a 50/50 raffle also is planned.

The menu will offer hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, drinks and ice cream for dessert.

Seniors from Atkinson, Danville, Hampstead, Kingston, Newton and Plaistow and Sandown are welcome. To register, call Joyce at 382-9276.

Cashin Center plans informational talks

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., has three informational presentations planned next month.• Seniors can learn about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5. OLLI at Granite State College offers an array of educational and fun classes to learners age 50 and up.

• Lifetime Estate Liquidations & Transitions is sponsoring the presentation “Take the Drama Out of Downsizing” at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

• “Safely Living in the Home You Love” is the topic of a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, sponsored by New England Emergency Response Systems. Seniors can find out how to keep their independence and give loved ones peace of mind with devices such as the emergency response service, medication reminders and dispensers and telemedicine.

Tickets are on sale through Friday for “All Day Games” on Wednesday, July 31. The $12 tickets include a continental breakfast, lunch and dessert, along with a variety of games.

A diabetic shoe clinic for people on Medicare is planned Thursday, Aug. 8, by appointment. Medicare benefits includes a free pair of shoes and inserts every year. To schedule an appointment for a fitting, call Leanne at 828-6762.

A free hearing screening is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14. An Affordable Hearing representative also can clean hearing aids, perform minor repairs and answer any questions that people might have about hearing aids. Appointments are recommended.

For more about the center, call 624-6533.

Aug. 1 deadline to sign up for talk on Alzheimer’s

BEDFORD — The Arbors of Bedford, 70 Hawthorne Drive, is hosting a talk at noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, by author and Alzheimer’s consultant Joanne Koenig Coste titled “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s.”

Coste, president of Alzheimer’s Consulting Associates and an advocate for Alzheimer’s patients and their families, is the author of “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease.” She also will preview her upcoming books, a collection of her poetry, and for caregivers, “I’m Fine (Frustrated, Isolated, Numb, Exhausted).”

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call The Arbors by Thursday, Aug. 1, at 647-9300. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m.

For more about The Arbors, an assisted living residence for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments, go to

Nominations being taken for Caregiver Cruise

Home Instead, franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, is inviting New Hampshire residents to nominate family caregivers — including themselves — for the opportunity to win a free five-day cruise for the caregiver and a guest.

People may submit nominations and vote by Aug. 24 at

The Caregiver Cruise is from Feb. 3 to 7 on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. The cruise will set sail from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with stops in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to the cruise, the winner will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care caregiver for the winner’s senior loved one during the cruise.

“The stress of caregiving can have debilitating effects not only on family caregivers, but also on the older adults who are receiving that care,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead. “That’s why it’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves. And what better way to do that than during a tropical getaway.”

The cruise offers a number of optional activities, along with support groups and one-on-one consultations with family caregiving expert Dr. Amy D’Aprix.

For more about the Home Instead Senior Care network, go to

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