Bowls of Care event to raise awareness of family caregiving issues
CONCORD — Family caregiving — whether it's for aging parents or a spouse — can come at a cost, including stress for all involved, possible lost wages and unanticipated expenses.
To raise awareness and to stimulate conversation about the issues involved with family caregiving, a Bowls of Care event has been planned at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at New Hampshire Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, by staff and volunteers from ServiceLink and the Elder Services department of the Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties.
Concord businesses will be offering a dinner of soups, salads, breads and desserts, and everyone who attends may take home a bowl crafted by local artisans. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dennis McCullough, a geriatrician who helps families cope with their parents' aging and eventual passing, experiences he also faced with his mother and noted in his book, "My Mother, Your Mother."
His topic, "The Changing World of Caregiving," will offer insights and tips on navigating a vastly changed health care system that provides a broad array of new care and intervention options. He will talk about the tough choices that caregivers face and the critical role they play in caring for loved ones.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes will entertain and talk about singing for her mother. An auction of experiences and pottery also is planned.
Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 225-3295 or emailing Nicole Finitisis at nfinitsis@ bm-cap.org. All proceeds will benefit Elder Services and ServiceLink, which offer counseling and services for family caregivers in Merrimack County.
Vendors, sponsors sought for health, wellness expo
ROCHESTER — The Homemakers Health Services and Frisbie Memorial Hospital are inviting sponsors and exhibitors to be part of a Senior Health & Wellness Expo they are planning for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the American Legion Hall.
The event, which will feature a fall/Halloween theme, is expected to feature more than 60 health and wellness vendors, as well as a free light breakfast and lunch, free health screenings, giveaways and raffles and prizes.
Last year, more than 200 people attended the expo.
Exhibitor space is limited, so exhibitors will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. For more information about exhibiting or sponsorships, contact Linda Nylund, The Homemakers' community liaison, at 335-1770 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bedford Seniors meeting to feature luncheon, show
BEDFORD — The Bedford Seniors' next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, will feature a five-course, family-style catered luncheon, along with an original presentation by the group's board, "Hollywood Rejects: Talented People Need Not Apply."
The presentation will include an updated version of "Romeo and Juliet," the dancing Cellulite Sisters, a number of re-enactments of famous people, including George Burns and Gracie Allen, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and Michael Jackson, and an operatic singing group called the Cockroaches. It also will include some humorous commercial breaks featuring "products" for seniors.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, is the deadline to sign up for the lunch, which offers pot roast and stuffed chicken as the main course. The cost for the lunch is $15, which includes the show for members. For nonmembers, who also are welcome at the lunch, the show costs $5.
The luncheon will begin at noon and the show at 1:30 p.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road. To sign up, call Jo at 623-7073.
At each monthly meeting, the members bring a donation for the Salvation Army. This month's request is for cereal.
The group also offers trips throughout the year, which are open to the public. The next one is a fall foliage trip on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to the White Mountains. The cost, which includes lunch, is $49. To sign up for the trip, call Dotty at 624-4483.
People with Alzheimer's, families welcome at cafes
Cafes offering a safe and relaxed place for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, along with their families and caregivers, to come together for social time and support are offered at multiple locations in the state.
• Portsmouth: A new Alzheimer's Cafe hosted by Families First, a Seacoast community health and family resource center, will start Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and be held the fourth Monday of each month thereafter in the Community Campus cafeteria, 100 Campus Drive. Reservations aren't needed. The cafes are free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Susan at 969-5318 or email@example.com.
• Exeter: The next Alzheimer's Cafe at the Exeter Senior Center is from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The cafe had been offered twice a month, but will shift in October to only the second Tuesday of the month. The cafe is free and reservations aren't needed. For more information, call 580-1595 or email Alzheimerscafe@rockinghamseniors.com.
• Manchester: The next Memory Lane Cafe at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center is set for 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The first hour is filled with support and education for the family and caregiver while the person with dementia is engaged in an activity. The second hour is a time for socializing, where everyone partakes in activities. The cafe is offered the fourth Wednesday of the month at the center, 151 Douglas St. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Atkinson: The Alzheimer's Cafe meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Monday of the month at Atkinson Country Club, with the next set for Oct. 15. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call 819-4599.
• Dover: The Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., offers an Alzheimer's Cafe from 2 to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. The next cafe will be Oct. 17. Reservations are not needed. The cafe is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact Paula Rais at 742-2002 ext. 104 or email@example.com.
RSVP workshop to qualify Bone Builders volunteers
NASHUA — The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, has scheduled a workshop next month to qualify volunteer trainers for its Bone Builders osteoporosis exercise program.
The free workshop, which includes lunch, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Davidson Landing, 145 Ledge St.
Those trained at this workshop will lead Bone Builders programs in both Nashua and Manchester. To sign up, call 668-8010 ext. 6022. No experience is necessary.
Free seminar to focus on downsizing, liquidating
DOVER — Maple Suites Senior Independent Living Community, 30 Holiday Drive, will host the second installment of a free seminar on how to liquidate an estate and downsize a home at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The seminar will be conducted by Genevieve Benton, owner of A Perfect Move, who has more than 27 years of experience helping seniors and their families through transitions. She says she has helped thousands of clients through the downsizing process.
For those who missed the first installment, part two of the seminar will recap what Benton covered, then focus on tips to organize and downsize. Maple Suites says the seminar is especially useful for those who have lived in their home for a substantial length of time and don't know how to begin to sort through the contents of the house.
For more information or to attend the seminar, RSVP to Maple Suites at 742-8820. Those who RSVP in advance are invited to a light supper at 5:30 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Institute names Central Committee
MANCHESTER — The Manchester site of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Granite State College is introducing the members of its 2013-14 Central Committee:
Sharon Kace, chairman; Margaret Wiggin, vice chairman and Social Committee chairman; Joan Stergiou, treasurer; Janet Gagne, secretary; Mary Rheault, Communications Committee chairman; Michael Baker, Curriculum Committee chairman; Carlton "Swede" Nelson, Volunteer Committee chairman; Fran Wiggin, Membership Committee chairman; Robert "Bob" Jones, Nominating Committee chairman; and Janet Moe, member at-large.
The Central Committee is the main decision-making body for the Manchester site and is responsible for the overall performance of OLLI in the Manchester area.
The membership-run OLLI program welcomes anyone 50 and older to its classes, which have no prerequisites or grades — it's "learning for the fun of it."
There are 117 OLLIs in colleges and universities across the country. OLLI at Granite State College, which has more than 900 members, offers classes in Manchester, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast.
For more information, go to www.granite.edu and look for the OLLI link under the Students tab.
AARP Day planned Oct. 6 at Strawbery Banke
PORTSMOUTH — The Strawbery Banke Museum will feature an AARP Day, offering discounts and a special lecture, on Sunday, Oct. 6.
AARP members can take a self-guided tour of the museum's 30 historic buildings and eight gardens and see the costumed role players and hands-on craft activities for a discounted admission of $12 (regularly $17.50).
Free with admission will be a special program on the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth. Titled "The Common Pot," the one-hour lecture by Lisa Brooks of Amherst College's Native American Studies Program will start at 2 p.m. in the Visitors Center.
The outdoor history museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6.
"AARP staff and volunteers will also be at this National Historic Landmark," wrote Kelly Clark, AARP state director. "We encourage people to stop by and learn about AARP in their communities."
Also, the Currier Museum of Art will offer AARP members a special admission price Oct. 19 and a free lecture on "Mama Benz and the Taste of Money"; AARP members will receive a ticket price of $10 (regularly $26) when the UNH Wildcats take to the ice against rival UMass Lowell on Nov. 2; and Manchester's Millyard Museum will have an AARP Day on Nov. 9, with discounted admission and a free lecture on "Who Murdered Jonas Parker?"
To find out more about member offerings and other activities, go to aarp.org/nh, facebook.com/aarpnh and twitter.com/aarpnh.
Maple Suites offers free Health & Wellness Expo
DOVER — Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, will host a free Health & Wellness Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The public is welcome.
Seacoast health and wellness businesses will offer free screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, eye care, hearing, feet, short-term memory and muscle strength, along with orthopedic massages, chiropractic care, spinal motion analysis and cane and walker fittings. They will have information on home safety, mobile scooter safety, holistic medicines, and medications and safety. Free shingles and flu shots also will be available.
The businesses that have signed up to participate so far include: Interim Healthcare, Aging Excellence, Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, Care Pharmacy, Cornerstone VNA, Dover Eye Care, Durham Chiropractic, Lakeside Mobility Scooters, Living Innovations, New England Emergency Response Systems, Portsmouth Foot & Ankle, Rite-Aid, Seacoast Hearing Center and 27 Pines Therapeutic Massage.
To attend or for more information, call 742-8820. The public also may walk in the day of the expo.