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July 13. 2014 7:50PM

Senior News: Center's Memory Lane Cafe to mark second anniversary

MANCHESTER — The William Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will celebrate the second anniversary of its Memory Lane Cafe during the next gathering from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 23.

The cafe, offered on the fourth Wednesday of each month, is for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers. It offers a safe and relaxed place where families can come together for a blend of social time and support. It also serves as a forum to exchange experiences and talk about dementia.

Jason Beauchesne from Senior Count is sponsoring this month’s cafe. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or shirlgrdn@yahoo.com. Reservations are suggested, but drop-ins are welcome.

The center will host a talk from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday by the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire on “Eating Well As You Get Older.” It will review the recommended dietary guidelines and give tips to liven up meals with fruits and vegetables as well as offer ideas for healthy snacks.

Caring Companions is sponsoring a workshop from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, on “Aging at Home — Are you Prepared?” Many people shy away from this conversation, avoiding addressing whether they are prepared to help a loved one at home or to talk to a loved one about choices for end-of-life care. The workshop is designed to be a conversation starter.

 

Tickets will be available from 9 a.m. Monday, July 21, to Thursday, July 31, for a beach party scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. The center plans a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, Clean, usable items — but no clothing — may be dropped for the sale between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The center’s activities are open to Manchester residents 60 and older. For information, call 624-6533.

Health screenings set at Center at Eastman

NEW LONDON — The Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., offers some programs in the first-floor lounge of the Center at Eastman in Grantham.

A free blood pressure/glucose screening clinic and the Ask a Nurse program are scheduled there from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24. Walk-ins are welcome. A foot care clinic also is planned by appointment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day. The fee is $25, and a doctor’s order is required for diabetics. To schedule an appointment for the foot clinic, call COA at 526-6368.

 

Thursday, July 24, also is the deadline to sign up with COA for the next Conversations with Lunch program at the First Baptist Church of New London. The “Folk Fusions” program will feature the Kearsarge-based trio of Susan Cancio-Bello, Nicole Densmore and Laurie Reed when it gets underway at noon Monday, July 28. For more information about activities, call the center at 526-6368 or go to www.kearsargecoa.com.

Littleton senior center plans poetry workshop

LITTLETON — The Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, plans a free poetry workshop after lunch Tuesday, July 22. To sign up, stop by the center’s front desk or call 444-6050.

A cribbage tournament with prizes will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday.

A special AARP drivers class will be held at the center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 25. Registration is from 8:45 to 9 a.m. Seniors can learn defensive driving techniques, safety strategies and new traffic laws. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To sign up, call the center.The center’s Bookworms Book Club will not meet this month, nor will the RSVP Knitters.

Plymouth regional center offers area transportation

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., offers bus transportation weekdays for medical appointments, shopping, lunch and all activities at the center.

To schedule a ride, call 536-1204. Summers are busier, so making an appointment at least 48 hours ahead is recommended. Bristol Bus also offers rides on Fridays from Bristol to Plymouth. For information, call 744-8395.

The center is looking for volunteers who have an hour or more to spare to become home-delivered meals drivers. A mileage reimbursement is available. For more details, call the center at 536-1204.

The center offers a variety of activities, including the Bone Builders program, tai chi and dao yi, gentle yoga classes, country line dancing, cards, a pool club, wood-carving classes, the Plymouth Writers Group, Central N.H. Artists, a printmaker collaborative, a crafters group and a computer lab.


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