NH Senior Notes: AARP offers Rethinking Retirement program

September 24. 2017 9:47PM
Five generations of Gerald Chaput’s family gathered recently for a photo. From left are 8-month-old Connor Guilmette being held by dad Steve Guilmette of Middlebury, Mass., and joined by grandfather Gary Guilmette of Peterborough, great-grandfather Raymond Guilmette of Hooksett and the great-great-grandfather, Mr. Chaput of Hooksett, who will turn 95 next month. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — With Granite Staters living longer and in better health than previous generations, aging, work and retirement are not what they once were.

To take a look at some outdated views of these topics, AARP New Hampshire is hosting a program — Rethinking Retirement: Solutions for Employees and Employers — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at New Hampshire Institute of Politics, 100 Saint Anselm Drive.

Experts, including from AARP, Boston College and the business community, will highlight where the country is in terms of retirement security and what that means for older workers. They’ll also discuss why 65 is not the magic retirement number and is possibly the wrong number upon which to base key decisions.

AARP officials hope the program empowers and inspires participants to think differently about work and retirement, so people can profit from new trends instead of becoming victims of them.

Rethinking Retirement is aimed at retirees, but also employees, human resource professionals and leaders in business, nonprofits and government.

The program will begin with registration and a continental breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m., following by a panel on Rethinking Retirement from 9 to 10:35 a.m. Breakout sessions are scheduled from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.:

• For consumers: Protecting and Growing Your Assets

• For businesses: Your Aging Workforce Is a Gift

A luncheon and keynote talk, “Social Security: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” is set for noon to 1 p.m.

The program, which is open to the public, is free and the continental breakfast and lunch are included. Space is limited and preregistration is required. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/RethinkingRetirement. It’s not necessary to be an AARP member to participate.

Alzheimer’s cafes scheduled in October

Special cafes for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, along with their families, are offered at a variety of sites in New Hampshire. The monthly cafes vary, but each offers families a blend of social time and support in safe and relaxed environments.

Concord: Capital Area Memory Cafe, 2-4 p.m., the third Wednesday, Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. A collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges. Caregiver roundtable discussions an option. Registration not required. For information, call 230-5673, (800) 924-8620 ext. 5673 or email Jennifer.Brechtel@crvna.org. Next: Oct. 18. Roundtable topic: Preparing for Unexpected Events.

Dover: Alzheimer’s Cafe at Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., 2-4 p.m. the third Thursday. Reservations not needed. Cafe is free, but donations accepted. For information, call 742-2002 or go to www.childrens-museum.org. Next: Oct. 19.

Dover: Dementia Memory Cafe at Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, 2-4 p.m., the second Tuesday. In partnership with Cornerstone VNA. Open to public. Brief social gathering followed by a roundtable discussion with guest speakers for caregivers and a fun activity for those with dementia. Free. Refreshments included. No reservations required. For information, call 743-4110 ext. 224. Next: Oct. 10. Roundtable topic: Financing the Cost of Dementia Care.

Hanover: Upper Valley Memory Cafe, the first Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mayor Room, Howe Library, 13 South St. Registration not necessary. Contact Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, 653-3460 or AgingCenter@hitchcock.org. Next: Oct. 7.

Manchester: Alzheimer’s Cafe at Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., 2-4 p.m., second Wednesday. Free; no RSVP required. Contact Megan McIntyre, 669-6144 ext. 113 or mmcintyre@currier.org. Next: Oct. 11.

Manchester: Memory Lane Cafe, 9:30-11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday of the month, Easterseals NH, 555 Auburn St. Reservations suggested, but drop-ins welcome. For reservations, contact Shirley Gordon at 621-3569 or sagordon@eastersealsnh.org. Next: Oct. 25.

Peterborough: Memory Cafe in Summerhill Assisted Living and Memory Care Community’s pub, 183 Old Dublin Road, 2-3 p.m., first Thursday. Free. RSVP appreciated; call 924-6238. Next: Oct. 5.

AARP Driver Safety classes offered in New Hampshire

The AARP Smart Driver course is a classroom refresher designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

The six-hour class is held in one- or two-part sessions at a variety of locations. The class does not involve driving or tests; the focus is on learning about adjustments in driving techniques that can be made as people get older. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. Preregistration is required.

Manchester: Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services, 195 McGregor St. lower level, Suite LL 22. Bring lunch or use the CMC cafe. To register, call 626-2626.

Nashua: Oct. 2 and 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, 8 Prospect St., Conference Room A/B, lower level. To register, call 577-2255, select option 2. Space is limited.

Nashua: Oct. 10-11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2300 Southwood Drive. To register, call instructor Jane Constant, 594-3628. Coffee provided.

Nashua: Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley St. To register, call 595-3168.

Wolfeboro: Nov. 2, 9 a.m., Abenaki Ski Area Lodge, 390 Pine Hill Road. To register, call the Wolfeboro Senior Center, 515-1385.

Plymouth agenda includes Oktoberfest, talk on bears

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate Oktoberfest on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with music by the Baker Valley Band beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department is bringing a presentation on “Bear Happenings in New Hampshire” to the center at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Preregistration is required by Friday, Oct. 6, at the front desk as space is limited.

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information or to register, contact Comfort Keepers 536-6060 or ck633@comfortkeepers.com.

The book group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. To participate required signing up a month in advance to get and read a copy of the book. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month, so to join the book discussion on Nov. 7, sign up in the next two weeks.

Littleton center to host 6-week diabetes class

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host Ammonoosuc Family Health Clinic’s six-week diabetes class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5 though Nov. 9. To participate, call Chad at 444-8103.

The center has some additions to its ongoing programs, including a new mahjong game that’s not the matching version. Game playing is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, starting Oct. 2. A new exercise group will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays starting next month.

A recently added writing group meets at 1:30 p.m. Fridays. No experience is necessary. The new Dementia & Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 3 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

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