New Hampshire Senior News Notes

May 11. 2014 4:07PM

Beachy Claypool and Polly Deslandes pet a Flemish rabbit during a presentation by Wildlife Encounters of Rochester at the Littleton Area Senior Center. (COURTESY)

Registration underway for May 22’s NH Conference on Aging

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Conference on Aging, which will feature presentations, workshops, exhibitors, entertainment and food, is designed for seniors, adults nearing retirement, caregivers and professionals. It’s scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Radisson, 700 Elm St., with lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The deadline to sign up for a ride to the conference has been extended to Wednesday. Buses are available from several senior centers, park and rides, community centers and other central locations around the state. For the bus schedule, go to

The keynote speakers will be Randy Judkins of the Maine Hysterical Society, whose talk on “Laughing in the Face of Change” will begin at 9:30 a.m., and Nancy Clark, owner of a North Conway marketing agency and an EMT who is raising four sons as well as taking care of her 86-year-old mother, who lives nearby. Clark will speak at 3 p.m. on “Groundhog Day: A Look at the Relationship between Aging Parents and Adult Children.”

Three rounds of workshops will cover a variety of topics, ranging from “Wills, Probate, Trusts: Creating a Legacy for Your Loved Ones” and “The Joy of Moving Meditation” to “Save the Memories, Not the Memorabilia” and “Thinking About Retirement?”

Tickets are $35. To register, which includes selecting a bus route, workshops and meal option, or for more information, go to or call 556-7234.

RiverWoods at Exeter program on downsizing

EXETER — RiverWoods at Exeter, an independent retirement community, will host a program, “Downsizing: The Art of Opening Your Life,” from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at its Boulders Campus, 5 Timber Lane.

The free luncheon presentation and panel discussion will feature downsizing expert Kathy Ashton, founder of Home Transitions LLC, as well as RiverWoods residents who will share real-life examples of how they downsized successfully.

To reserve a seat, call 658-3014 or email

Retired men’s group’s focus is ‘Veterans History Project’

MANCHESTER — The N.H. Retired Men’s Association’s next meeting on Tuesday, May 20, will focus on the Library of Congress’ “Veterans History Project,” a collection of personal accounts of American war veterans.

The guest speaker will be Bob Stevens, producer and host of “The Veteran’s Forum,” a show that typically features videotaped interviews with veterans willing to share their experiences from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq for inclusion in the “Veterans History Project.” The show airs on the community cable access channels in Manchester, Derry, Londonderry and Bedford.

At the meeting, Stevens plans to show an interview with a New Hampshire Vietnam veteran helicopter pilot who was promoted from a “grunt” up through warrant to first lieutenant.The RMA meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 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 the street from the hospital. Meetings are free and open to all interested men.For more about the RMA, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573 or go to

The RMA also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month as well as a cribbage group that 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

Maple Suites to host open house, block party

DOVER — Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, will host an open house and block party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to attend the free event, which will kick off the summer season and include games, food and music.

Former Nashville recording artist Stan Jr. will entertain. He performs a “Tributes and Memories” concert each Sunday at Maple Suites, including songs by Sinatra, Martin, Presley, Twitty and other artists.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.

Birch Heights offers free community programs

DERRY — Birch Heights, an independent living retirement community at 7 Kendall Pond Road, is offering 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” at 2 p.m. today.

Tai chi for seniors, either done in a chair or standing, is offered every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m.

“Spring Vacation Hot Spots,” at 2 p.m. Thursday will be a visual presentation of places to visit on spring vacation.

Sports journalist and management consultant Howard Bloom will share insight into the Red Sox and Fenway Park at 2 p.m. Friday.

Debra Desrosiers, a senior adviser and dementia coach from Visiting Angels, will give a seminar on “Caregiver Keys to Navigate the Dementia Journey” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. To sign up for this program only, call 483-8999.

A “cabaret night” will feature a duet performing music at 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m.

“African Safari Adventure Travel” is on the schedule for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, when a professional tour guide will conduct a visual presentation of a safari.

A traveling shopping boutique will be at Birch Heights from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 22, featuring men’s and women’s clothes, jewelry and accessories.

Memorial Day events on Monday, May 26, start at 7 a.m. with the VFW raising the flag at the community, followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. The annual “Veterans’ Show and Tell,” during which residents and visitors show service mementos and share military stories, will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Musician Rockin’ Randy will give a tribute to veterans in song at 4:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Humorist Marylou Fuller will give a program on “Humor in Aging” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

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.

Warde center celebrating Nursing Home Week

WINDHAM — Warde Health Center residents and staff are celebrating National Nursing Home Week, which began Sunday, with the theme “Living the Aloha Spirit.”

The nursing home, which is decorated to follow the Hawaiian theme, already had a May procession Friday and a mothers’ tea Sunday.

Activities coming up include a community breakfast, blessing of hands and Ukeladies performance Tuesday; Hawaiian bowling and an employee appreciation dinner Wednesday; and Hawaiian volley balloon and entertainment Friday. But the center says the highlight of events will be Thursday’s employee scavenger hunt in the morning and an afternoon resident and family cocktail social, followed by a talent show.

Littleton center plans workshop on grief

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host a workshop with Kate Kelly on “An Alternative Path Through Grief” at 1 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $2. A sign-up sheet is available at the front desk.

Connie’s Creative Cuts will hold a cut-athon all day Wednesday. The proceeds will be donated to March for Meals, a fundraiser to support the Meals on Wheels program.Tuesdays have become game day at the center, so seniors are welcome to come for lunch and stay for an afternoon of games. People can bring their own game and teach others or join one of the groups of Scrabble or Upwords players.

A trip to the Gilman Senior Center in Gilman, Vt., is planned Friday, May 23. The cost is $6.

The Bookworms Book Club will discuss “Night Time is My Time” by Mary Higgins Clark when it meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27.

Ongoing classes include yoga, ($3 for seniors, $5 for nonseniors), art classes ($3), a knitters group, Bone Builders, monthly birthday dinners, blood pressure/blood sugar screenings, reiki, line dancing, piano performances, foot clinics ($15), RSVP Knitters, grocery bingo and computer classes. For more information about activities, call 444-6050.

Plymouth center to start summer cookout series

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will kick off its summer series of cookouts on Thursday, May 22, with a Memorial Day cookout at noon.

The New Hampshire Humane Society brings pets to the center at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. Seniors are welcome to cuddle the visitors in the lobby.

The center is accepting registrations for the AARP Driver Safety Program’s driving refresher class, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 5. The class is limited to 20 students. To sign up, call 444-6050.

Ongoing classes and workshops include Bone Builders, tai chi, dao yi and gentle yoga, cards, a pool club, country line dancing, wood carving, a writers group, a crafters group, a computer lab and a printmaker collaborative. The Baker Pemi Senior Club also meets at the center.

Seminar on Alzheimer’s offered for caregivers

ROCHESTER — The Homemakers Health Services is offering an educational seminar on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for caregivers from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at its office at 215 Rochester Hill Road.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be led by Hanna Jacoby of The Homemakers Health Services, which says she has extensive training in the area of Alzheimer’s disease.Highlights of the session include: an overview of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, techniques on how to successfully handle problems that arise when caring for people with the disease, daily living and recreational suggestions, communication techniques and a question-and-answer period.As seating is limited, reservations are required and can be made by calling 822-2108.

Jacoby also oversees an Alzheimer’s Support Group that meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of each month at the Frisbie Hospital Educational Building, 11 Whitehall Road. Anyone interested is invited. For more information, call Jacoby at 822-2108.

For more about The Homemakers Health Services, which operates in Strafford County and parts of Carroll and Rockingham counties, call 335-1770 or (800) 660-1770 or go to

Chapin center adds Spanish discussion group

NEW LONDON — A Spanish discussion group is joining a French discussion group on the monthly schedule at the Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St.

Anyone interested in practicing Spanish may join the new group at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. All conversation levels are welcome. For more information, call Paula Minaert at 873-4779. The French group meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Mondays. All skill levels also are welcome at this group.

Leigh Stocker, director of marketing at Summercrest in Newport, will be at center at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, to answer any questions people might have about senior living options. Refreshments will be served. To sign up, call the center at 526-6368.

Senior softball group seeks players 55-plus

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Men’s 55-Plus Senior Softball group is open to new players.

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 (cellphone) or Dick Kiley at 625-6331.

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