NH Senior Notes: Paper-shredding days aim to prevent fraud

April 15. 2018 10:00PM

CONCORD — Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams. Last year alone, 13.1 million Americans were struck by identity theft, according to AARP.

Protecting personal information can help reduce the risk, which is why AARP New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire have teamed up to offer “shred-a-thons” in five communities.

The public may bring three bags or boxes of documents — such as bank statements, canceled checks, credit card junk mail and receipts with identifying information — for shredding. The shredding does not cover magazines or newspapers. Documents should be free of large binder clips; staples and paper clips don’t need to be removed.

Each of the free paper-shredding days will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at a Bank of New Hampshire branch.

Saturday, April 21: 10 Mutual Way, Gilford.

Saturday, April 21: 125 Main St., Littleton.

Saturday, April 28: 845 Central Ave., Dover.

Saturday, April 28: 256 Wallace Road, Bedford.

Saturday, May 5: 11 Triangle Park Drive, Concord.

The AARP Fraud Network also is available to provide resources to help people spot and avoid identity theft and fraud. The resources are free for everyone. To get Watchdog Alerts and stay up to date on con artists’ latest tricks, go to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

Age of Champions event next week in Durham

DURHAM — The annual Age of Champions, a free health fair, is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the University of New Hampshire Field House.

The University of New Hampshire’s Center on Aging and Community Living hosts the fair, which aims to raise awareness of and promote healthy aging from a holistic perspective. This year, the fair will focus on engaging young people as well as older adults.

The fair will include health assessments, vendor booths, UNH student booths, raffles, demonstrations and exercise classes. Local and state organizations will have tables set up offering information and resources.

Organizations that will be represented include the Active Retirement Association, Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program/Senior Companion Program, Granite State Giggles, NH Senior Games, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Northeast Passage, Ready Rides, Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps and Seacoast Public Health.

People also will be able to check how well their cars “fit” them for both safety and comfort through the CarFit educational program. Preregistration is recommended, but drop-ins are welcome if space is available. To sign up, look for the link at chhs.unh.edu/cacl/age-champions.

Fisher Cats offer AARP members ticket deal

MANCHESTER — Baseball season is underway in the Granite State, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are offering AARP members a special ticket deal at select games.

Once a month — April 30, May 29, June 27, July 17 and Aug. 14 — AARP members can purchase an $11.25 game ticket that also includes a meal voucher for a hot dog, 12-ounce beverage and bag of chips.

Here’s the schedule and the opposing teams:

Monday, April 30: 6:35 p.m., Reading Fightin Phils.

Tuesday, May 29: 6:35 p.m., Portland Sea Dogs.

Wednesday, June 27: 7:05 p.m., Sea Dogs.

Tuesday, July 17: 7:05 p.m., Trenton Thunder.

Tuesday, Aug. 14: 7:05 p.m., Altoona Curve.

Games are played at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on One Line Drive in downtown Manchester.

Tickets need to be preordered online at www.nhfishercats.com or by calling Stephanie at 606-4105. To receive the $11.25 special ticket price, use the code SUMMERFUN.

Spring Fling planned for federal employees

MANCHESTER — Manchester Chapter 408 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) is hosting its annual Spring Fling at noon Thursday, April 26, at Sweeney Post American Legion Hall, 251 Maple St.

All present and retired federal employees in the Manchester area are welcome to attend, as well as spouses, guests and friends of members of the chapter.

Catered meal choices are Yankee pot roast, chicken cordon bleu or baked haddock along with salad and dessert. The gathering will include a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. NARFE officials say the event also is a chance to learn about the organization.

Anyone wanting to attend should contact chapter Treasurer Roland Remillard at 623-3614 as soon as possible to make a reservation.

Littleton center schedules cookout to kick off spring

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will kick off spring with a Spring Fling Cookout at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Outdoor seating will be provided, weather permitting. The day also will include games, a cookie party and music from a DJ.

An Introduction to Native American Flute presentation is planned Thursday, April 26. Information also will be available about upcoming classes. No experience is necessary.

Topic of the Town restaurant is hosting a fundraiser for the senior center between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, The restaurant will donate a portion of all proceeds to the center’s annual “Dine for a Cause” program in support of the Step Up Stop Hunger 2018 Meals on Wheels walkathon. The walkathon will take place Saturday, May 19, at the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon.

Anyone who needs or who knows of someone who could benefit from home-delivered meals is encouraged to call the center at 444-6050.

The center’s ongoing activities include a writing group, an exercise group, a daily walking group, line dancing, yoga, craft and art classes, mahjong games and hand reflexology.

The center also offers bus service weekdays for destinations to and from Bethlehem, Easton, Monroe, Franconia, Landaff, Lisbon, Lyman, Sugar Hill and Littleton. To schedule a ride request, call 444-0867.

RSVP Fixit Corps can help with home repairs

The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Fixit Corps is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services that helps homeowners who are 60 and older or disabled with minor home repairs and maintenance.

Any senior may call for assistance, but priority is given to those who lack the financial or physical resources to complete these repair jobs on their own.

Service examples include installing a grab bar, repairing a leaky faucet, replacing a porch step and replacing light bulbs.

Labor is provided by RSVP Fixit Corps volunteers. There is a fee only for materials needed or used. Donations are accepted.

The program is also recruiting volunteers with basic home repair skills to help elderly and disabled members of the community remain safe in their homes. Volunteers are asked to only accept jobs that fit their schedule and skill set.

To request a minor repair at your home or to inquire about becoming a Fixit volunteer, contact Heather LaTourette at 634-1169 ext. 11 or hlatourette@snhs.org.

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