New Hampshire Senior News Notes

May 04. 2014 4:37PM
Ann Buczynski of Manchester looks over a book she received for her 95th birthday. (COURTESY)

Men’s senior softball group seeks players in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Men’s 55-Plus Senior Softball group is seeking players as its season gets underway.

The group gathers from 8:30 to about 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting, at Wolfe Park. There is no fee to play.Current players are between ages 55 and 80-plus. No games are played, and no running is required. The men just have fielding and batting practice. Gloves might be available for loan for those who don’t have one.For more information, including directions, call Jesse Robert at 895-2474 or 486-8402 (cell phone) or Dick Kiley at 625-6331.

Communication tools focus of Nashua workshop

NASHUA — Keeping in touch with family and friends is easier with tools like email, text messaging, Facebook and Skype. In the latest in its series of free workshops, Seniors Count-Nashua will offer information about each of these communications tools, what they are, what each is used for and what technology they work on.

The workshop will provide seniors with ideas to try on their own devices when they get home.

Naomi Schoenfeld, associate professor of education at Rivier University will present the workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.Advance registration is requested; call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services, at 889-3440 ext. 132.

People may arrive early for the lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the center’s cafeteria. A $2 donation is requested for diners 60 and older; slightly more for those younger than 60. Lunch preregistration is required; call Steve, site manager, at 882-2106.

Birch Heights offers free community events

DERRY — Birch Heights, an independent living retirement community located off Birch Street, offers a variety of free programs to the community as well as a free meal before or after the programs, by reservation. Parkland Medical Center dietitian Kristen Flagg will discuss “Nutrition and Disease Prevention” on Monday, May 12, at 2 p.m., with an emphasis on making healthy choices to prevent diabetes and heart disease.Tai chi for seniors is offered every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. for strength and balance and other benefits. It can be done in a chair or standing.

“Spring Vacation Hot Spots,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, is a visual presentation of many of the best places to visit on spring vacation.

In his talk titled “Red Sox Nation,” returning Canadian sports journalist and management consultant Howard Bloom will share insight into the current Red Sox leadership, look at the Red Sox as baseball’s only true regional franchise and examine the long-term viability of Fenway Park. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, May 16.

“Caregiver Keys to Navigate the Dementia Journey,” which is on the schedule for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17, is for family and professional caregivers to learn to build a better relationship with their loved ones and recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Debra Desrosiers, a senior adviser and dementia coach from Visiting Angels, will give the seminar. To sign up for this program only, call 483-8999.

A full-course luncheon is available at 12:30 p.m. or a lighter full-course dinner is available at 5:30 p.m., by reservation. For more information or to reserve a space at a program and/or meal, call 425-7755.

Exeter workshop to look at brain power and aging

EXETER — Riverwoods at Exeter retirement community has added a second session of a free presentation on brain power, after the lunchtime session filled up.Dr. John Randolph, editor of the new book “Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health,” will present “New Research and Strategies to Strengthen Your Mind” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at RiverWoods’ Boulders campus, 5 Timber Lane.

Randolph, a clinical neuropsychologist who is on the adjunct faculty at Dartmouth Medical School, will review brain changes that occur during the aging process, discuss the positive affect of physical, social and intellectual activity, and provide practical tools and techniques to maximize cognitive health. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Seating is limited. For a reservation, call 658-3014 or email

Plymouth center starting senior golf league

PLYMOUTH — Men and women 60 and older are invited to sign up for the Plymouth Regional Senior Center’s Senior Golf League and its 18-week season of nine holes.

The league will meet at the center at noon for lunch and then head to White Mountain Country Club. The fees is three installments of $126, which includes golf, lunch and prizes. Anyone interested should sign up by Thursday. For more details, call Ron, 536-1204, or Norm, 744-6739.

The center is offering a free oral screening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. To sign up, visit the center, 8 Depot St., or call 444-6050 to check on availability.

A Mother’s Day celebration dinner is planned at noon Thursday.

Littleton center gears up for March for Meals

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host this year’s “March for Meals” on Saturday, May 17, which includes the sponsored 5K walk along with several other local fundraisers for the Meals on Wheels program.

Walk registration will begin at 9 a.m. There’s still time to get involved and be a team leader. For details, call the center at 444-6050.

The day will start at the center with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets, which cost $5, are on sale now.

The center also will host a barbecue that’s free for sponsored walkers and available for sale to nonwalkers. The center is asking people to make a favorite salad or barbecue side dish for a culinary competition. For a fee, people can sample the salad buffet and also receive two tickets to vote for their favorite side dish. The competition also is open to local restaurants. The side dish with the most votes will win its maker a gift card and trophy.

Among the local fundraisers is a community car wash May 17 by Littleton High School students at Lakeway Elementary School. The car wash is by donation, with the proceeds going to the March for Meals.

The center plans two days to celebrate Mother’s Day, starting with a special dinner Wednesday that will include music by Dennis Hartwell. On Thursday, a jewelry-making class with craftswoman Mary Pellitier will take place after lunch. Instruction is free, but there is materials fee: $5 for a single piece and $12 for a three-piece set. The class is limited to 15 people. To sign up, stop by the front desk.

Speare Hospital is sponsoring a “Community Health Needs Discussion” at 10 a.m. Monday, May 12, at the center.

Chapin center program on driving safety

NEW LONDON — Kearsarge Council on Aging’s Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host a program by Health South on “Staying Safe Behind the Wheel” at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. It will include tips for staying alert on the road, strategies to increase safety behind the wheel and a discussion of resources to help seniors keep their keys longer.

To sign up, call COA at 526-6368.Sunday at the Movies will feature the 1945 film “Delightfully Dangerous” at 2 p.m. May 11, while Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, will feature 2013’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” To sign up for the pizza night, call 526-6368.

The Breakfast Club book discussion group will focus on “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13.

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