Senior News: Workshop to focus on 'Telling Your Own Story'

July 20. 2014 6:36PM

Workshop to focus on 'Telling Your Own Story'


NASHUA — Everyone has a story to tell. But taking that first step in telling your story — not a dry, chronological inventory of life since birth but a memoir — can often be the most difficult.

A Seniors Count-Nashua workshop next month will offer tips on how to get the creative juices flowing to help write compelling personal essays to cherish and share.

The free workshop is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.

The workshop will be presented by Carolyn Choate, a host and program manager for WYCN tv13 Nashua. Choate has a master’s degree in writing from Rivier University and developed an interest in memoir writing after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.

Advance registration for the workshop is advised. To sign up or for more information, call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator, at 889-3440 ext. 132. Seniors Count is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

Workshop participants 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. Preregistration for lunch is required; call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the center to provide information on resources available in the community as people age. Programs are filmed by Nashua’s Education Channel 99 and can be viewed on the station or online at

Additional support for the workshops is provided by Southern New Hampshire Services; ServiceLink Resource Center; the Nashua Public Library; and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.

AARP members offered Craftsmen’s Fair discount

CONCORD — AARP members can receive a discounted admission of $7 to the 81st annual League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair if they present their membership card at the gate.

The fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 10. On Aug. 7, hours will be extended to 8 p.m., and on Aug. 2, the fair will open at 9 a.m. to those who have purchased a special ticket. Regular admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, active duty military (with ID) and groups of 20 or more; and free for children 12 and younger.

More than 350 craftspeople will be selling their handmade crafts at the fair, which also will feature demonstrations, workshops and entertainment.

For more about the fair, go to To find out about other AARP activities, events and discounts, go to AARP New Hampshire at, and

Senior living options topic of seminar at Maple Suites

DOVER — Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, is hosting a free seminar — “What Level of Care Does Your Loved One Need?” — at 11 a.m. Saturday. The seminar originally had been scheduled for June.

Amy Gaskin, a senior living adviser and expert from A Place For Mom, will conduct the seminar, designed to help seniors and their families determine what direction to take in their search for senior living.

Gaskin’s presentation will explore the range of options available today, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, as well as the differences in services, amenities and costs. She also will discuss the financial, social and health benefits of home care versus community life, among many other topics.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, call Maples Suites at 742-8820. Those who RSVP in advance may stay for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

For more about A Place for Mom, a national senior living referral service that’s free to families because providers pay a fee, go to or call (877) 311-6099.

Presentation on staying safe behind the wheel

MANCHESTER — HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is sponsoring a presentation on “Staying Safe Behind the Wheel” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

Maintaining a driver’s license can be a source of independence for older adults, but the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age, according to HealthSouth. The presentation will include safety tips for staying alert on the road; strategies to use to increase safety behind the wheel; and a discussion about additional resources available to help people keep their keys longer.

The center also will offer free blood pressure screenings from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 6.

A diabetic shoe clinic for those on Medicare is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7, by appointment. Medicare benefits include a free pair of shoes and inserts every year. To schedule an appointment for a fitting, call Leanne at 828-6762.

The center is offering a new three-session Introduction to Digital Photography class on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 7. Session one will cover the use of the camera and a short history of photography. Session two will look at what makes a great photograph and how to take one. Session three will address the issues of what to do with your photographs and how to display and protect them. The cost of the class is $20; seniors who attend all three classes will have the $20 refunded. To sign up, call 624-6536.

Chapin center schedules memoir-writing workshop

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., has scheduled a six-session memoir-writing workshop, “Running Boards and Rumble Seats,” with Bobbie Stoneman from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 5 through Sept. 9.

The workshop will have seniors return to “those thrilling days of yesteryear. Remember summer camp? Wringer washers? Hoodsies? Sharing a frappe or root beer float? Fibber McGee and Molly?” Stoneman says if you’ve ever kept a diary, a journal, letters or photos from “back then,” you have the foundation for a memoir. In-class writing prompts and short “homework” assignments will help people turn their memories into memoirs. Beginning and experienced memoirists are welcome.

The class size is limited to 10 people. To register, call COA at 526-6368. For more information about the workshop, contact Stoneman at or 526-8809 after 5 p.m.

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