NH Senior Notes: September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September 17. 2017 6:05PM

Home Instead plans Alzheimer’s Learning Day

MANCHESTER — As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, Home Instead Senior Care network has established Sept. 21 as Alzheimer’s Learning Day to encourage communities to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders.

Home Instead is asking people to take a pledge to participate in the day, which will include webinars on how to better respond to the needs of people living with the condition.

“With our increasing aging population, it is likely that every American will be touched by Alzheimer’s at some point, whether it’s through a family member, neighbor, friend or customer,” said Lisa Byrne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Manchester. “It’s critical that we learn how to interact effectively and considerately with those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in order to create an environment that is as supportive as possible.”

C. Grace Whiting, chief operating officer of the National Alliance for Caregiving and one of the webinar panelists, said many caregivers feel alone and isolated from their communities and could use allies who understand the disease.

“By educating the community, we are fostering a global movement to build dementia-friendly neighborhoods that will reduce the stigma and isolation of caregiving and bring caregivers back into the fold,” Whiting said.

For more information about the day and the webinars, go to AlzLearn.com.

Articles and e-learning classes related to Alzheimer’s also are available at www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.

Seminar to focus on paying for dementia care

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, will host a free seminar at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, on How to Finance the High Cost of Dementia Care.

Thomas Torr, an elder law attorney from Cocheco Elder Law Associates in Dover and host of a financial talk show on WTSN, will conduct the seminar.

Torr will explore such issues as the costs of dementia or Alzheimer’s care for a loved one, how to find the money, resources, how to preplan for such an illness, what happens if someone diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s has no family to help with care, and the physical and mental strain that families can face. These issues will be addressed for families in crisis and for those who potentially face a diagnosis in the future.

Torr also will cover when guardianship is needed and the legal documents families should have ready related to a loved one with dementia, such as durable power of attorney for financial and health care, living wills, do not resuscitate orders and wills.

The seminar is open to the public, but advance registration is required as space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, call Langdon Place, a Genesis Senior Living Community offering residential care, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services, at 743-4110 ext. 224.

Hudson church’s forum on Alzheimer’s, dementia

HUDSON — St. Kathryn Parish’s Veterans Organization is sponsoring an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Forum at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the church hall.

A panel of experts will lead a conversation about the disease, resources available, research, care of the person afflicted and care for the caregiver. Their discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The panelists are:

• Deborah Desrosiers of Visiting Angels in Auburn, which provides nonmedical home care to seniors in the Manchester, Concord and Derry areas.

• Lisa Emerson, resident engagement director at the Arbors of Bedford.

• Amber Evans, a clinical mental health counselor, dance/movement therapist and dementia practitioner and educator who previously was resident engagement director at the Arbors.

• Shirley Gordon, a caregiver coach for easterseals in Manchester.

• Woody Sponaugle, founder of a support group for husbands of women diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which meets in Dover.

Information from the National Alzheimer’s Association also will be available at the forum.

Audubon has AARP price for bird migration program

AUBURN —The Massabesic Audubon Center is offering special $7 ticket prices to AARP members and one guest for its The Magic of Migration educational session, scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the center, 26 Auburn Way.

“The magic of autumn is on its way, and learning about bird migration is the perfect way to usher in the season,” said Sarah Kelsea of AARP New Hampshire.

Kelly Dwyer, director of education at New Hampshire Audubon and a lifelong birder and naturalist, will teach the session.

She’ll discuss how the waning days of summer signal to many of the birds that migrate from New Hampshire to regions south that it is time to embark on winter journeys. The group will head out with binoculars to scan the skies for birds.

Registration is required by calling 668-2045 or by emailing mac@nhaudubon.org.

To find out about other AARP activities in New Hampshire, check www.aarp.org/nh.

Palace Theatre offers AARP discount to ‘Oliver!’

MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is offering AARP members and their guests a $10 discount on adult tickets of “Oliver!” which is at the downtown theater through Oct. 1. Performances are at both 2 and 7:30 p.m.

“Oliver!” brings Charles Dickens’ novel to life, taking audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England with characters including Oliver Twist, the Artful Dodger and Fagin.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.palacetheatretickets.org, by phone at 668-5588 or at the box office, 80 Hanover St. To receive the $10 per adult ticket discount, use the code ACTIVE.

Chapin center to start stress-reduction classes

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will start a four-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program Friday, Oct. 6. The free classes will continue from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 27.

The course will include guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and yoga and other body-awareness practices, and group discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life.

The instructor is Melissa Laverack, who was trained and certified as a mindfulness-based stressed reduction teacher at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical Center. She has a master’s degree in mental health counseling and pastoral care.

The class is limited to 15 people. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

The Search for Meaning: A Discussion Group is scheduled for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 26.

The group will explore such spiritual questions as: What gives meaning to life? Who are we? Why are we? How are we to live? Where are we going? To sign up, call the COA at 526-6368.

The center’s Morning Book Group will discuss “Heat & Light” by Jennifer Haigh when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. This is a walk-in program, so no reservations are needed.

The center also offers a men’s discussion group at 8:45 a.m. Mondays, a women’s discussion group at 9 a.m. Fridays, and a French discussion group at 4:15 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. These are all walk-in programs, so it’s not necesarry to sign up.

Other activities include chair exercises, walking at Proctor Academy gym, Outdoor Recreation for Seniors, a bicycling group, a memoir writing group, a walk-in painting group, computer classes, foot-care clinics, a needlework craft group, bingo, bridge and games.

Life Reimagined workshop scheduled in Concord

CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire is offering a free Life Reimagined Check-Up from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road.

“Whether you want to start a new career, build a new business or live your dream, ‘Life Reimagined Check-Ups’ can provide real help to pursue your possibilities and connect with a community to make it happen,” said Sarah Kelsea of AARP New Hampshire. “And sometimes we reflect on our lives and see that what we’re doing and what we want to be doing are two different things.”

During the program, people will look at where they are in life and then go through a series of fun, simple exercises to see the possibilities. Those attending also will learn methods and practical tools to help them plan their next move and connect with a Life Reimagined” guide and people in their community who can support them along the way.

The“checkup” is free and open to the public, but registration is required at https://aarp.cvent.com/SeptConcordLR. Space is limited.

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