People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their families and caregivers are welcome to attend special cafes offered at sites throughout New Hampshire. Each cafe offers families a blend of social time and support, in safe and relaxed environments.

Concord: Capital Area Memory Cafe, third Wednesday of the month, 2-4 p.m., at 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. Refreshments provided. Cafe is free; no registration required. For information: 230-5673. Next: Dec. 18, which will feature a holiday social.

Dover: Alzheimer’s Cafe, third Thursday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St. Reservations not needed. Cafe is free, but donations accepted. Sponsored by Wentworth Senior Living. For information: 742-2002 or Next: Dec 19.

Dover: Dementia Memory Cafe, second Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m., Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road. Free. Held in partnership with Cornerstone VNA. Open to the public. Roundtable discussion, 2-3 p.m., with guest speakers for caregivers while a fun activity is planned for those with dementia. Reservations not required. For information: 743-4110 ext. 224. Next: Dec. 10, which will be a holiday social.

Exeter: Alzheimer’s Café, second Tuesday, 2-4 p.m., Exeter Senior Center, 30 Court St. Sponsored by Easterseals NH. Free. Reservations suggested, but walk-ins welcome. For information: group leader Tracy Gillick, Next: Dec. 9.

Hanover: Upper Valley Memory Cafe, usually first Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Howe Library’s Mayer Room, 13 South St. Registration requested. Includes breakfast, activities and entertainment. For information or to sign up: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center at 653-3460 or Next: Dec. 7.

Manchester: Alzheimer’s Cafe, second Wednesday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St. Free. No RSVP required. For information: Lynn Thomson at 669-6144 ext. 151, or Next: Dec. 11.

Manchester: Memory Lane Cafe, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month, except for December, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Easterseals NH, 555 Auburn St. Reservations suggested, but drop-ins welcome. For reservations: Shirley Gordon at 621-3569 or Next: Dec. 18.

Milford: Memory Lane Cafe, third Wednesday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m., Milton Town Hall, Route 125. Sponsored by Easterseals NH. For information or reservations: caregiver coach Rebecca Hafner at or 335-1770 ext. 103. Next: Dec. 18.

Peterborough: Memory Cafe, usually the first Thursday of the month, 2-3, p.m., Summerhill Assisted Living pub, 183 Old Dublin Road. Free. Reservations appreciated. Call 924-6238. Next. Dec. 5.

AARP Smart Driver class offered at 3 locations

The AARP Smart Driver course is scheduled at three locations in December. The classroom refresher is designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to licensed drivers of any age.

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. It will also explore how issues ranging from medication to the newest auto technology can affect driving ability.

The cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.

Henniker: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., White Birch Community Center, 51 Hall Ave. A light lunch will be provided, or bring your own. To register, call 428-3077.

Londonderry: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Londonderry Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road. Prepayment is required. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Class size is limited. To register, call 432-8554.

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

Newport center invites public to Santa brunch

NEWPORT — The Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., is sponsoring its first Brunch with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee and fruit. The cost is $5 per person. All children 8 and younger will receive a gift from Santa and a candy cane.

The public also is invited to sponsor a twinkling clear light for the evergreen tree that will sit in the center of the gazebo in Newport during the holidays. Sponsoring is done in the memory of a deceased loved one or to honor a living loved one.

The cost is $3 per name or four names for $10. "Elves" will be at Bar Harbor Bank and Sugar River Bank on Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accept sponsorships. An elf or two will be at the Newport Senior Center as well. Anyone available to volunteer for two hours at the center is asked to see Larry Eaton.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, is meeting day at the center. The board of directors will meet at 10 a.m. A senior meeting for members only is scheduled from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

The Lake Sunapee Visiting Nurse Association also will be at the center Dec. 3 to conduct a blood pressure and blood sugar clinic from 10:45 a.m. to noon on the lower level.

The center is offering two classes for the holiday season. A snowman painting class will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. The cost is $10. An ornament-making class will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. The cost is a $5. Both fees are nonrefundable and are due at the time of registration. Both classes are limited to 12 people. Samples of each of the projects are on display at the center's front desk.

The center says many unique gifts can be found at Alice’s Gift Shop for the holidays. The gift shop is located in the center and is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Donations also are always welcome.

For more information about the center's activities, call 863-3177.

Housing is the focus of Chapin center discussion

NEW LONDON — During a program on the “Keys to the Valley Housing Initiative,” seniors will be asked to share stories about their homes and how aging has affected their experience.

The session will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St.

Three regional planning commissions have joined together to help address the critical issue of housing in 2019 and 2020. “Ensuring that those who want to stay here, or come here, have safe and affordable places to live is key to the long-term sustainability and success of our region,” the center noted in its newsletter. To learn more about the initiative, go to at

A walk-in blood pressure clinic is planned at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

Appointments are being taken for a VNA foot care clinic set for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13. The cost is $25. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368.

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. This is a walk-in program.

The Morning Book Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, to discuss “I Will Always Write Back” by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. The book chronicles the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from Zimbabwe. To obtain the book, call the COA at 526-6368.

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