Manchester woman celebrates 100 years

Alice Angus was surrounded by family and friends when she celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 29 at Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Manchester. She entertained her guests by singing her favorite song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host an art show and reception from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday featuring works by senior center members and volunteers.

Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award and see all the creativity the center has to offer.

Light refreshments will be available.

“Benefits of Home Rehab Therapies — Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy” is the topic of a program planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

A physical therapist and an occupational therapist from the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire, which is sponsoring the program, will discuss the different therapies that can be provided in your home, review rehab services and the differences between physical, occupational and speech therapies and talk about what to expect if a physician orders these. Questions are welcome.

To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

A drumming circle with Nancy VanBenschoten will get underway at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23. The center says drumming offers a fun way to connect with people, a chance to exercise and reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and improve joint mobility, posture and motor skills.

To be part of the circle, which is sponsored by Arete Rehab, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

The front desk also is the place to sign up for an annual flu shot from the VNA’s registered nurses, who will be at the center from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. This is free for those who have Medicare Part B.

Free five-minute chair massages by a licensed therapist and free balance assessments by a physical therapist are on the schedule for 10 a.m. Tuesday. Both activities are sponsored by the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise. To sign up, stop by the front desk or call 624-6533.

Coffee & Conversations coming to 3 communities

Seniors can get the latest buzz on AARP activities and events happening in the Manchester, Concord and Seacoast areas during Coffee & Conversation events planned this month in the communities.

AARP hosts these events at coffee shops so people can meet up with friends, neighbors, AARP volunteers and other AARP members and also share their ideas for future activities and events they’d like to see in their community.

A free cup of coffee for members and their guests also is part of the deal.

Registration is not required; just show your AARP membership card.

Here’s the schedule:

Manchester: Friday, Sept. 13, 8-11 a.m., A&E Coffee and Tea, 1000 Elm St.

Concord: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 8-11 a.m., The Crust & Crumb, 126 N. Main St.

Exeter: Friday, Sept. 27, 8-11 a.m., Me & Ollie’s, 64 Water St.

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AARP members receive Highland Games discount

Special prices are being offered to AARP members and their guests for the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, a celebration of Scottish heritage.

The Highland Games will take place from Sept. 20-22 at Loon Mountain in Lincoln; the discount is available two of the days.

The special $9 tickets must be purchased online at and are available for daytime festivities Friday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 22. The last day to buy the discounted tickets is Friday, Sept. 13, using the code DISC. There are no discounts on tickets purchased on-site.

Regular admission is $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday.

Balance screenings offered Sept. 24 in Henniker

HENNIKER — Concord Regional VNA and Concord Hospital are offering balance screenings Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10:30 a.m.-noon at White Birch Center, 51 Hall Ave.

The balance screening will include an assessment of each person’s balance and a personalized discussion on how to reduce your risk for falls and remain independent.

To reserve a time for a screening, call 224-4093 ext. 5815. Walk-ins are welcome and will be screened on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yard sale, balance classes, MGM on Newport agenda

NEWPORT — Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., will host its annual yard sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The center welcomes people to drop off donated items, except for bedding, electronics, clothing, shoes or books. Anyone who needs help getting donations to the center may call 863-4422 and leave a message. Someone will call back to arrange pickup.

Proceeds will benefit the center’s lighting project. For more information or to volunteer to help, also call 863-4422.

An eight-week A Matter of Balance class will be held Fridays from 9-11 a.m., starting Sept. 20. Many older adults are concerned about falling, so restrict their activities. The free class is designed to help people prevent and manage falls and increase their activity levels.

People will learn how to make changes at home to reduce the risk and to exercise to increase strength and balance.

A sign-up sheet is located at the center’s front desk.

The center is organizing a bus trip to mgm Springfield in Massachusetts on Monday, Oct. 14. The cost is $45 for center members and $50 for nonmembers, which includes round-trip transportation, gratuity, meal voucher and gambling coupons.

The bus will leave the center at 7 a.m., then stop for another pickup at the Claremont Walmart at 7:15 a.m. The bus will leave MGM about 4 p.m. To sign up or for more information, call 863-4422 or 863-3177.

The Lake Sunapee VNA will offer a free walk-in blood pressure clinic from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 17, and a foot care clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, which requires an appointment; call 526-4077 to sign up.

Other activities at the center include pitch at 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; line dancing at 1 p.m. Mondays; a 12-week Strength, Balance & Flexibility exercise class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; bowling at Maple Lanes in Claremont at 1 p.m. Tuesdays ($2.50 a string, free bowling shoes); bingo for ages 55 and older at 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays; tai chi at 1 p.m. and beginners tai chi at 2 p.m. Thursdays; cribbage at 12:30 p.m. Fridays; and a 50/50 drawing at 11:50 a.m. Fridays. The $1 tickets can be purchased throughout the week. A free computer lab and an indoor walking path also are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Londonderry center to start new session of yoga

LONDONDERRY — Registration starts Tuesday for the next eight-week session of yoga classes at the Londonderry Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road.

The session will begin the week of Sept. 23.

Barbara Scott and Lisa Kress conduct the classes, which are designed especially for seniors to help increase balance, flexibility and strength.

Classes will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Seniors may may sign up for either the Tuesday or Thursday class — or both.

The classes have a fee, and payment is required at time of registration. For more details, call the senior center at 432-8554.

Littleton program to focus on preventing falls

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host a free presentation on preventing falls on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. that will include a demonstration on how to fall safely. Those who attend also will learn the signs of other health issues. Refreshments will be provided.

A walk-in blood pressure clinic is scheduled from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday. Foot clinics, which require an appointment, are set for 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24. To sign up, call the center at 444-6050.

The center will be closed for its annual volunteer dinner on Friday. All Grafton County Senior Citizens Council senior center sites as well as ServiceLink and RSVP offices also will be closed Friday, Sept. 27, for an annual Safety Day.

The public is welcome to join the senior center in support of the United Way during a Day of Caring kick-off breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

A new cancer support group is starting for anyone who would like to attend. For more information, call the center at 444-6050.

Zumba exercise classes have returned to the center. An eight-week session costs $12. Classes are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.

Line dancing is on the schedule at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, and swap bingo at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The center’s book club also will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Ongoing activities this month include an art class at 10 a.m. Mondays; yoga at 1 p.m. Mondays ($4 for seniors, $6 for nonseniors); Mahjong at 2 p.m. Mondays; drop-in game day on Tuesdays; an exercise group at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; a Uke Group: at 3 p.m. Wednesdays; Improv at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and Cribbage at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

A computer lab and exercise center are always open.

Plymouth to host program on advance directives

Plymouth — Lisa Fortson of Pemi-Baker Community Health will be at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, to give a presentation on Advance Care/Advance Directives.

The center says these are important documents to have so everyone will knows your wishes should you become incapacitated. To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk.

Monday is Teddy Bear Day. Seniors who still have their teddy bear or a picture of it from their younger days may bring it to lunch to show off and be entered to win a prize.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, is International Country Music Day, a good time to wear your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and come dance to music by Rick and Maria from 11 a.m.-1.p.m.

The center’s Widows & Widowers Grief Group disbanded in August. For information on other locations, call Guy Tillson, hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor, at Pemi-Baker Community Health, 536-2232.

The Caregiver’s Support Group will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15, which is a change from the usual third Wednesday of the month, for these two months only. For more information, call Guy at Pemi-Baker Community Health at 536-2232.

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