New Hampshire Senior News Notes

February 09. 2014 4:22PM

Celebration of Love at Plymouth Senior Center

PLYMOUTH — A special Valentine Day Celebration of Love will feature New Hampshire humorist David Shikes on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.

There will be a delicious lunch following at the center at 8 Depot St., Plymouth. More information by calling 536-1204.

Love Your Neighbor Valentine Day food drive

LITTLETON — Please join us at the Littleton Senior Center for lunch on Friday, Feb. 14 for a fun and worthwhile cause that includes a BBQ buffet.

Please bring in non-perishable food items for our local food banks. We will give one free raffle ticket for each item brought in.

We will have the drawing on Friday the 14. We plan to have some nice raffle prizes available. Plan to join us for a delicious lunch and a hilarious skit that will start right after lunch and will include some of our local characters.

Chapin Senior Center hosts variety of events

NEW LONDON — Don’t miss “The Devil Wears Prada” at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 for Pizza and Movie Night at the Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St. Call 526-6368 to sign up. Also at the Chapin Senior Center:

• Computer Tutoring with Nick Ourusoff meets Monday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, and Feb. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ½ hour one-on-one tutoring sessions. Please call COA at 526-6368 for an appointment.

• Questions About Medicare? Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anita Oelfke, Medicare Coordinator for Merrimack County Service Link will be available to answer your Medicare questions.

Please call COA at 526-6368 to sign up for this program.

• Long-Term Care Planning will be Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Learn more about your options for long-term care with Wayne Blanchard from ServiceLink. Please call COA at 526-6368 to sign up.

• Tom & Tom’s Men’s Discussion Group Mondays at 8:45 a.m. We want to hear your stories and we’ll share a few of our own. Come visit over an endless cup of coffee.

• In-Stitches Craft Group meets Mondays at 10 a.m. Join fellow crafters to knit, crochet, sew or whatever craft you favor. A great opportunity to socialize and pick up tips while you work on your latest project.

• French Discussion Group will be first and third Mondays at 4 p.m. Join this casual, friendly group to practice your language skills and have fun. Participants at all skill levels are welcome.

• Walking at Proctor Academy Gym will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please call COA at 526-6368 for more information.

• Walk-In Painting takes place Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your current painting project to work on while discussing art, artists and exhibits. This is an informal group and we’d love to have you join us.

• Tai Chi meets Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church.

• Women’s Discussion Group is Fridays at 9 a.m. Get to know your neighbors over a casual cup of coffee.

• Duplicate Bridge meets Mondays at 12:45 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. Contract Bridge is Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

• Poker group meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

• Chess players gather on the second and fourth Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Unless noted, all programs are held at the COA building at 37 Pleasant Street, New London.

Seminar on retirement outlook will be Feb. 20

EXETER — A free luncheon seminar featuring Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, will address the 2014 economic outlook for retirement trends on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RiverWoods in Exeter.

This dynamic presentation will look at the global economic trends, and examine how they affect retirement-ready adults. A question and answer session will follow. Reserve early as seating for this popular presentation is limited. Reserve a spot today by calling 658-3014.

Senior Leadership seeks advocates

CONCORD — New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2014 program designed to train those who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire.

A collaboration among AARP, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire. Application deadline is Feb. 24.

Members of the 2014 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of the state. Twenty participants will be selected on their motivation to become well informed and active in policymaking and systems change for aging New Hampshire citizens.

“In its fifth year, this program is designed to be educational and provide advocacy and community leadership skills necessary to advance issues of importance to Granite Staters as they age,” said Doug McNutt, AARP New Hampshire Associate State Director for Advocacy. “Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, livable communities, and long-term care are topics at the forefront. Our hope is for every graduate to leave the program with the information they need to engage these important issues of our times.”

Participants will meet five times over an eight-month period and receive intensive training on a variety of educational and community topics. Educational methods include discussion, web-based learning, small- and large-group sessions and independent research application. All expenses including hotel, meals and materials are covered for participants. The only cost to participate is a $45 contribution at the time of acceptance.

Details and an online application packet can be found at

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