CONWAY — The second annual MVW Caregiver Expo sponsored by Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center, 987 E. Main St. (Route 113) in Center Conway.

In a talk titled “Affirm Yourself for Caregiver Challenges,” national presenter Janet Edmunson will discuss strategies and solutions to help family caregivers flourish in the midst of caregiving struggles.

Julie Lanoie, R.N., will give a presentation on “Crafting an Obituary,” teaching how to tell the story of someone’s life in a meaningful way.

Tricia Mattox-Larson will give a talk on “A New Perspective for Caregivers,” helping caregivers to work with their loved ones to maintain “personhood” and to find the “can” vs “can’t” in daily life.

Virtual dementia tours will be offered to build a greater understanding of dementia. Exhibitors will be there to showcase resources available to caregivers. Advance care planning also will be discussed.

The expo is free, but registration is required as space is limited. A free lunch is included. Go to to sign up.

Onsite care for loved ones is available, but there are limitations. To see if a loved one would be eligible for the free care, call Sue, Devon or Tammy at 356-4980 for a brief screening.

Cashin program: Making difficult conversations easier

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a program Wednesday, Nov. 13, by Home Instead Senior Care on how to have conversations about difficult topics.

The program, “40/70 and 70/40 Rule,” will begin at 11 a.m. The rule is a way to make it easier for adult children, seniors and community providers to have conversations on topics that are challenging and that people often avoid, such as financial choices, health, end-of life-care and aging in place. The goal is to have these conversations before a crisis occurs. How to put together an “Action Plan for Successful Aging” also will be discussed.

WMUR news anchor Jennifer Vaughn will be at the center at 11:30 a.m. Thursday Nov. 14, to talk about her award-winning new book, “Shadow Kid.” She’ll also discuss the media, presidential politics and answer questions. Vaughn will have copies of the book and her four other books available for purchase.

The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise will offer free chair massages and balance assessments starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. A licensed therapist will provide the five-minute chair massages. A physical therapist will assess balance or any aches or pains that make it difficult to get around. Balance is important because the risks and consequence of falling increase as people age.

To reserve a spot for any of the three programs, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

Ticket sales for the center’s holiday party will start Wednesday and continue through Friday, Nov. 15. The party is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The tickets are $12 and will be sold to members only.

AARP discount offered to ‘Nutcracker’ and ‘Annie’

The Palace Theatre in Manchester and The Music Hall in Portsmouth are offering discounts to AARP members for upcoming performances.

The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., will give AARP members and their guests a $10 discount on adult tickets to “The Nutcracker” ballet for performances from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at a variety of times.

Set in 19th century Germany, this classic ballet opens at a charming Christmas party where the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey.

This holiday tradition will feature the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, accompanied by a live orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams.

AARP members and their guests can purchase tickets online at, by calling 668-5588 or by stopping at the box office. To receive the discount, use the code ACTIVE.

“Annie” is coming to The Music Hall on Nov. 27. AARP members and their guests are eligible for a 15% discount on tickets to select shows: the matinee only on Nov. 27 and 29 and then for shows on Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Discounted tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 436-2400 and also at the box office at 28 Chestnut St. To receive the discount, use the code ANNIE15. (Additional host organization fees may apply.)

Annie is the story of a red-headed orphan whose quirky and cheerful demeanor lands her a holiday stay with Oliver Warbucks, a billionaire who is trying to do good. The musical includes the songs“Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.

Alzheimer’s Association plans social engagement program

MANCHESTER — Research has shown that staying active is one way to manage Alzheimer’s or other dementia. To provide people living with memory disorders opportunities for social engagement, the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter offers an Alz Meet Up program.

An Alz Meet Up gathering for people with mild memory loss and their care partners is planned at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St.

Those who attend will see the exhibit “Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls,” which tells the story of the people who have lived and worked in Manchester going back to when the native people would fish in the Amoskeag Falls.

To attend, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900. For more information about the association, call or visit

AARP Coffee & Conversations scheduled in Concord

CONCORD — AARP members and their guests can get the latest buzz on AARP activities and events during a community engagement program called Coffee & Conversation.

The program is held at coffee shops, where people can meet up with friends, neighbors, AARP volunteers and other AARP members and also share ideas on future activities and events they’d like to see in their community. A free cup of coffee or tea also is in store for members and guests.

The Coffee & Conversations will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Revelstoke Coffee, One Eagle Square, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at The Crust & Crumb, 126 N. Main St.

Registration is not required; just show your AARP membership card. More about AARP events in New Hampshire also can be found at or

Vet-to-Vet Café debuts at Langdon Place of Dover

DOVER — A new monthly Vet-To-Vet Café hosted by Wentworth Hospice debuted last week at Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road. Fourteen veterans from World War II and the Korean, Iraq and Afghanistan wars participated.

They were welcomed by Michael Bichrest, outreach coordinator for Veterans Affairs.

Among the veterans was Roy Tanner, 103, of Dover and Langdon Place residents Alfred Ferrer, 101, and Richard Durette, 102.

The cafe, run by veterans, will be held the last Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the senior living community. It is open to all veterans, both war-time and peace-time. Langdon Place says the cafe will offer a safe social environment for veterans to gather, decompress and meet other veterans.

Future cafes will include guest speakers talking about topics of interest to veterans, discussions of challenges veterans face, VA concerns and resources available. Ceremonies honoring veterans’ service also are planned.

Debra “DJ” Antone, hospice volunteer coordinator and volunteer veteran coordinator with Wentworth Home Care & Hospice, is spearheading the cafe’s development. Bichrest will provide VA services and assistance as needed.

Langdon Place, which offers assisted living, memory care and short-term rehabilitation services, is also home to many retired Seacoast veterans.

To sign up for a cafe or for more details, call 743-4110 ext. 224.

AARP members can learn to make soup in instant pot

CONCORD — AARP and the Center for Health Promotion are teaming up to offer a lunch-hour workshop, “Learn to Make Soups in Your Instant Pot,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the center, 49 S. Main St.

Michelle Smith, a registered dietian and registered dietitian nutritionist, will show how to make tasty, nutritious soup recipes that are easy to prepare. Those who attend also will sample soups and leave with recipes and tips on good nutrition.

The cost is $5 per person for AARP members and their guests. Preregistration is required by calling 230-7300.

Program on property fraud set at Plymouth center

PLYMOUTH — Kelley Monahan, registrar at the Grafton County Registry of Deeds, will give a presentation on property fraud at 11 a.m. Thursday in the conference room of the Plymouth Area Senior Center, 8 Depot St.

The center will observe Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, and honor members who are veterans.

A Thanksgiving dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, but tickets must be purchased in advance at the center. Tickets are limited and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The center’s book group meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. To participate, sign up one month in advance to get and read a copy of the book!

Chapin Senior Center has Parkinson’s support group

NEW LONDON — A Parkinson’s Support Group meets monthly at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St. The next gathering is at 1 p.m. Tuesday. This is a walk-in program, so no registration is necessary and newcomers are welcome.

The next Movie & Pizza Matinee set for noon Tuesday, Nov. 19, will feature “Ocean’s 8.” The film is about Debbie, the estranged sister of legendary conman Danny Ocean, who upon her release from prison, puts together a team of crooks to pull of the heist of the century. To sign up for the free matinee, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

Linda Luck is accepting appointments for Shamballa reiki sessions. She will be at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368. The 15-minute sessions cost $15.

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