New Hampshire Senior News Notes

January 19. 2014 3:40PM

Search on for NH’s best senior volunteer

Every day, New Hampshire senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s a chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program.

Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

“Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Lisa Byrne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in central New Hampshire. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging.”

Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes between Jan. 15 and March 1 at State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ designated and approved nonprofit organizations, and their personal stories will be shared online on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s designated and approved nonprofit charity.

To complete and submit an online nomination form for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest’s official rules, visit Completed nomination forms can alternatively be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

For more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead Senior Care network’s services, call your local Home Instead Senior Care at 603-668-6868.

Nursing home honors activity professionals

GOFFSTOWN — Hillsborourgh County Nursing Home and Rehab at 400 Mast Road would like to say “thank you” to all activity professionals in celebrating National Activity Professionals Week from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25.

This week, traditionally held during the fourth week in January, is designed to honor activity professionals and the significant role they play in enriching the lives of the elderly and those they serve.

The activity professional has evolved dramatically over the years. State and federal regulations have placed a heightened value on quality of life activities. The guidance clearly states that meaningful activities and quality of life are equally important as quality of care.

Birch Heights offers seminars for seniors

DERRY — Birch Heights, an independent Holiday Retirement community, is offering a variety of educational, informative and special programs in January. All programs are free and open to the public.

“Communicating with Your Doctor” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.

This is a course with a lot of helpful tips, techniques and handouts to prepare for your next doctor’s appointment in order to get the time you need and questions answered.

It helps give patients a sense of control, whether you are going for yourself or to advocate for or accompany a loved one. Participants will also learn how to deal with insurance matters. Birch Heights is located at 7 Kendall Pond Road (off Birch St.) in Derry.

• “The Love Letter” will be offered Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. This is a poignant program for helping individuals and families to get their “house in order” by completing their family love letter and creating their own living legacy.

This is presented by Denise Petrin of Wells Fargo Advisors.

To register, call 425-7755. Space is limited. Birch Heights is located at 7 Kendall Pond Road, in Derry. Tours of the community will be offered.

Computer tutoring offered for seniors in New London

NEW LONDON — Computer tutoring with Nick Ourusoff will be held at Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., on Mondays, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

He will be available for half-hour one-on-one tutoring sessions for the beginning computer user to the knowledgeable user who needs collaboration or advice.

Learn to use your laptop, tablet or android device for a variety of tasks.

Receive help with spreadsheets, email or designing a website.

Please bring your laptop, tablet or android device with you. Please call COA at 526-6368 for an appointment.

Valentine Day luncheon for seniors will be Feb. 13

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army is inviting senior citizens from Manchester and Bedford to its Valentines Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St.

Entertainment will be provided. For reservations, call 627-7013 by Thursday Feb. 6.

Valentine Day party in New London is Feb. 14

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging hosts its 20th annual Valentine Party Friday, Feb. 14 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, New London. Lunch will be served at noon with entertainment by William Ogmundson. Please call 526-6368 by Friday, Feb. 7.

Alzheimer’s cafes offered at variety of locations

Alzheimer’s cafes, which offer 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.

Atkinson: An Alzheimer’s Cafe is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon the third Monday of the month at Atkinson Country Club. No reservations are necessary. Call 819-4599.

Dover: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., has an Alzheimer’s Cafe from 2 to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Reservations aren’t needed. The cafe is free, but donations are accepted. Call 742-2002 ext. 104 or email

Portsmouth: Families First, a Seacoast community health and family resource center, offers an Alzheimer’s Cafe from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month 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

Exeter: The Alzheimer’s Cafe at the Exeter Senior Center, 30 Court St., is from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The cafe is free and reservations aren’t needed. For more information, call 580-1595 or email

Manchester: The Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., has an Alzheimer’s Cafe from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Thanks to a sponsorship from Home Instead Senior Care, the cafe is free free. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Jane Seney at 669-6144 ext. 149 or

Manchester: The Memory Lane Cafe at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., is offered from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Wednesday of the month. 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. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or

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