NH Senior Notes: Dover woman among senior artists in calendar

February 18. 2018 10:31PM

The New Hampshire Health Care Association chose two paintings by Langdon Place of Dover resident Jean Vogel, left, for its annual Member Masterpiece Calendar. Vogel holds her commemorative plaque and the 2018 calendar showing one of her paintings. Kathleen Oby, Langdon Place of Dover administrator, displays both of Vogel's paintings, titled “Low Tide” and “The Barn.” (COURTESY)

DOVER — Each year, the New Hampshire Health Care Association solicits artwork from seniors living in its member communities throughout the state. The works are exhibited at an art show during the association’s fall conference, and those attending vote for their favorites. The top paintings are published in the annual Member Masterpiece Calendar, and each featured artist is given a commemorative plaque as well.

The competition to have a single painting selected is tough, but one artist was doubly successful. Jean Vogel, a resident of Langdon Place of Dover, submitted two paintings — titled “Low Tide” and “The Barn” — and both were chosen for the 2018 calendar.

Vogel was born in Boston and moved to New Hampshire and Dover in the late 1980s with her second husband, Theodore, and their four children. Her husband also lives at Langdon Place.

She has always been a crafter, enjoying quilting, doll making and knitting. She took some painting classes in the 1960s and painted until the late 1980s when she stopped, but she decided to try painting again four years ago and is now winning awards for her work, Langdon Place says.

For more about Langdon Place of Dover, which is a Genesis Senior Living Community that includes residential, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services, go to www.genesishcc.com/LangdonPlace.

Manchester NARFE chapter plans meeting Thursday

MANCHESTER — The next monthly meeting of Manchester Chapter 408 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Sweeney Post Hall, 251 Maple St.

The guest speaker will be from the Visiting Angels of Auburn, which also serves Bedford, Bow, Candia, Concord, Derry, Dunbarton, Goffstown, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester, Raymond, Salem, Suncook and Weare.

The Visiting Angels, which has been serving these areas since 1998, is part of a national elder-care franchise network. The staff provide temporary or long-term in-home care, so people can remain in their homes. The care can range from hygiene assistance, meal preparation and light housekeeping to companionship, medication reminders and running errands.

All NARFE members, plus all past or present federal employees, are invited to attend, along with family, friends or neighbors who might benefit from the presentation.

For more information, contact chapter President Bob Phillips at 494-2025.

Linda Phypers is the new executive director of Birch Hill Continuing Care Retirement Community in Manchester. (COURTESY)

Birch Hill community has new executive director

MANCHESTER — Birch Hill Continuing Care Retirement Community says Linda Phypers has been selected as the new executive director.

Her role will be to lead the community, which is undergoing a $9 million capital project to enhance the physical property, including landscape, facilities, amenities and living spaces. 

Phypers has more than 35 years of experience in long-term care in a variety of roles, including nurse educator, director of nursing, administrator of a skilled nursing facility, and most recently, as director of health services for a CCRC in Vermont. She also has a degree in health care management from Champlain College

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have the opportunity to lead this dynamic community, especially at this time of tremendous growth and investment. From the physical environment to the myriad of offerings that make it a fulfilling place for residents to live, and a rewarding community to work within, it’s a pleasure to be part of Birch Hill,” Phypers said.

The community, which is an affiliate of The RiverWoods Group, is the only CCRC in Manchester. CCRCs welcome people 62 or older to enter as independent residents. As they age, if a resident needs a higher level of care — assisted living, memory support or nursing care — it is available to them within the same campus. 

Justine Vogel, CEO of The RiverWoods Group, said, “Birch Hill is at the beginning of an exciting new era. We are reimagining the physical campus; it is being transformed. With a new executive director like Linda, the culture and energy of the community will be similarly transformed.”

For more information about Birch Hill, call 645-6500.

Cashin Senior Center offers health clinics

MANCHESTER — The William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a Home Health and Hospice foot clinic at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The service includes a foot soak, trim and file of nails, assessment of general foot health, a foot massage, foot care education and a referral to physicians when necessary. The goal is to help people maintain healthy feet, so they can stay active, reduce the risk of falls and decrease complications of diabetes and poor circulation. To check on the availability of appointments, call Addie Perez at 689-2899. The fee is $30, payable at the time of service.

Affordable Hearing is sponsoring free hearing screenings on Monday, Feb. 26, starting at 10 a.m. Seniors also may have their hearing aids checked and minor repairs performed as well as ask any questions about hearing aids. To participate, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533 to reserve a spot.

A shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare takes place the first Thursday of each month, with the next one starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1. Medicare benefits includes a free pair of shoes and inserts every year for diabetics. To make an appointment for a fitting, call Leanne at 828-6762.

Free balance assessments and a free walk-in blood pressure clinic also are planned, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13. To make an appointment for the balance assessment, call 624-6533.

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