New Hampshire Senior News Notes

October 06. 2013 4:16PM
Manchester police Officer Mark Ampuja, center, who spoke to the Holy Trinity Cathedral Seniors group about scams and seniors, is flanked by Bishop Paul Sobiechowski and the group’s president, Diane Bielizna. (COURTESY)

AARP, pharmacists to co-host ‘Make the Most of Your Meds and More’

CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association will host a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, to help older adults better manage their prescription and over-the-counter medications.

“Make the Most of Your Meds and More!” is open to the public and will take place at the new Centennial Senior Center, 254 N. State St., Smokestack Center.

It will feature:

• Brown-bag medication reviews offered in 30-minute sessions. Bring all medications – prescription and over-the-counter – and have them reviewed by a licensed pharmacist. The goal is to reduce the risk of adverse drug reactions, discover duplicate or outdated medications, clarify instructions and answer questions. Reservations are required; to sign up, call 314-1706.

• Flu shots. It’s free for those with Medicare Part B (Medicare card required) and $29.99 otherwise.

• Screenings for blood pressure and blood sugar.

• Mini health classes compliments of the senior center. Joint health, sessions at 10 and 10:30 a.m.; Ageless Grace, 11 a.m.; mindful yoga, 11:30 a.m.; meditation, noon; and tai chi, 1 and 1:30 p.m..

• “Your Medicines and You,” pharmacist-led presentations, 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Learn how to keep track of medications, prepare for a doctors’ visit, chat with a pharmacist and look for dangerous drug interactions.

• Make the Most of Your Meds toolkits to take home. They include a DVD starring geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas, personal medication records and AARP’s publication, “Medicines Made Easy.”

The event also will offer information on proper medication disposal and a chance to meet representatives from AARP New Hampshire, the Center for Health Promotion, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and ServiceLink.

With the exception of the flu shot for those without Medicare Part B, everything is free. For directions, go to For more information, go to or call (866) 542-8168.

Mayor Gatsas to speak to retired men’s group

MANCHESTER — Mayor Ted Gatsas will be the guest speaker at the New Hampshire Retired Men’s Association meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15. He will present a brief update on current city activities and then open the meeting to member’s questions and comments.

The association meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by a guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings are in Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St. lower level, across from the hospital. Meetings are free and open to all interested men.

For more information about RMA, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573. Information also is available at

RMA also has a computer group, which meets the second Thursday of the month, and a cribbage group, which meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more about the computer group, email Bob Chase at For cribbage information, contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or

‘Clash of the Cupcakes’ to benefit RSVP

MANCHESTER — The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will host its second annual “Clash of the Cupcakes” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road.

Eight teams of professional bakers will compete to earn the title “Best Cupcake 2013.” Those attending will vote to select a “People’s Choice” winner and will receive a take-home sample of cupcakes.

Scheduled to compete are New England Cupcakery, Concord; Cupcakes 101, Bedford; Cupcake Conspiracy, Merrimack; Life is Sweet, Keene; Sweet Ideas by Vikki, Salem; Triolo’s Bakery, Bedford; Queen City Cupcakes, Manchester; and Lakes Region Cupcakes, Tilton and Meredith.

The evening also will feature light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

Mike Morin, co-host of New Hampshire in the Morning on 95.7FM WZID, will be the emcee.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by mailing a check to “Clash of the Cupcakes,” Attn: Dee Martin, Southern New Hampshire Services, P.O. Box 5040, Manchester, NH 03108 or ordered online at

Proceeds will benefit RSVP, a program of Southern New Hampshire Services, helping it to continue to recruit, train and recognize the program’s seniors volunteers.

Event sponsorship is still available and donations are still being accepted for the silent auction. For more information, contact Martin, volunteer service director, at 668-8010, ext. 6022 or

Holy Trinity seniors group learns about scams

MANCHESTER — Officer Mark Ampuja of Manchester Police Department’s Community Police Division spoke to the Holy Trinity Cathedral Seniors group this month about a myriad of scams perpetrated on seniors.

Among the scams he warned about were fake lottery wins; phone calls from supposed banks or credit card companies requesting personal information; and individuals visiting homes claiming to be checking electrical services or water works while having accomplices rob the homeowner. He also gave safety tips about calls and mailings for charity donations.

The group won’t have a November meeting because the members will be preparing for an annual holiday fair on Nov. 9, which will offer fresh and frozen Polish food. The next meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, will be a Christmas celebration followed by a potluck luncheon. All parishioners 50 and above are welcome.

Derry community center offers Mahjongg class

DERRY — The Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, will offer its second session of beginner Mahjongg classes for seniors from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for six Tuesdays, starting Oct. 22.

The free classes on the ancient Chinese tile game will be taught by Martha Tomanelli and her assistant, Linda Patkin.

Space is limited to 16 and a commitment to attend all six classes is required. Anyone interested should call the center at 434-8866.

The center also will host an independent Mahjongg group from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Oct. 15. All levels of senior Mahjongg players are welcome. The center will have coffee and some Mahjongg sets available, but players are encouraged to bring their own sets.

The center also hosts other activities for seniors, including bridge, Uno, bingo, cribbage and Forty Fives.

Senior health and wellness expo planned in Rochester

ROCHESTER — The Homemakers Health Services is partnering with Frisbie Memorial Hospital to host a Fall Health and Wellness Expo for seniors, their families and caregivers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the American Legion Hall, 94 Eastern Ave.

The expo, which will have a fall/Halloween theme, will feature more than 60 organizations and businesses, including community health care providers, hearing and vision specialists, rehabilitation services, insurance and financial planning counselors and assisted living facility representatives. It also will offer a free light breakfast and lunch, free health screenings, flu shots, giveaways, and raffles and prizes.

The expo will give Frisbie Memorial Hospital, one of a few medical facilities in the region providing geriatric psychiatry services, an opportunity to educate expo visitors about that service, as well as other community programs and services it offers, said Judy Ouellette, Frisbie’s executive director of Fund Development.

The Homemakers Health Services hopes seniors, their caregivers and loved ones, after learning about resources available to them, will be empowered to take charge of their health and wellness and become educated health care consumers, said Linda Nylund, community liaison at The Homemakers.

For more about the expo or about sponsorship or exhibiting, contact Nylund at 335-1770, ext. 114 or

Littleton center offers trips to other senior centers

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is offering road trips this month to senior centers in Lincoln and Gilman, Vt.A group will travel to the Linwood Senior Center in Lincoln on Wednesday for a pot roast dinner, followed by “Wheel of Fortune.” A visit to the Gilman Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23, will offer a family-style meal.

Both groups will depart from the senior center at 11 a.m. The cost for each trip is $5 for the bus ride and $3 for lunch. Anyone interested should sign up at the center’s front desk.

Wayne Klinger will be at the center before lunch Monday, Oct. 14, to entertain with his saxophone.

The center celebrates a monthly International Day. October’s featured country is Scotland. A Scottish menu including scones and shortbread is planned Friday, Oct. 18, followed by bagpipe music and dancing with Derek Davidson and Mariah Rust. Kilts and tartans are welcome. A drawing is planned for those who wear plaid, even plaid shirts.

For more about the center, call 444-6050.

Currier Museum of Art starts Alzheimer’s Cafe

MANCHESTER — The Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., says the Alzheimer’s Cafe it started last month opened to rave reviews.

The fun, informal gathering is for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their loved ones and caregivers. The cafes provide a safe place to gather and socialize while helping to remove the stigma of a disease that isolates so many people.

The Currier says it provides another layer to the program: access to a world-class collection of art.

The Alzheimer’s Cafe is offered from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, so the next ones are Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.

Because of Home Instead Senior Care’s sponsorship, the cafe is free. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Jane Seney at 669-6144 ext. 149 or Museum information is available at

Plymouth center to host talk by author of new book

PLYMOUTH — Author Tilia Jacobs will visit the Plymouth Regional Senior Center at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, to read from her new book, “Wrong Place, Wrong Time,” a psychological thriller. She also will have books available for purchase.

The center, located at 8 Depot St., will host a flu shot clinic provided by Rite Aid from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The shot is free with an insurance card, which must be presented.

During “Transport Central” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, seniors can learn about an alternative to the Plymouth Regional Senior Center’s vans for transportation to various locations.

Representatives from ServiceLink will be at the center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, to explain and begin enrollment for Medicare Part D. Seniors should bring a list of prescriptions and their Medicare card.

The center is alerting knitters and crocheters about Meredith Village Savings Bank’s annual “mitten trees.” Last year, 1,503 mittens, hats and scarves were donated, displayed and then distributed to area schools and nonprofits for those in need.

The bank, which also contributed $2 per item donated to local nonprofits, will begin accepting donations to the mitten trees after Thanksgiving, so interested seniors are encouraged to get started.

For information about the center, call 536-1204.

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