NEWPORT — The Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St., will be hosting a free Dementia and Home Safety panel discussion on Monday, July 29, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Newport Senior Center, the Sullivan County Nutrition Services, New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Summercrest Senior Living Community and the Newport Police Department would like to share, in a panel discussion, strategies, supports and services to encourage a safe environment and lifestyle for those affected with memory challenges.
Alzheimer’s disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body, and can affect how to think about safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, changes can affect:
• Judgment, e.g. forgetting how to use household appliances.
• Sense of time, e.g. getting lost on one’s own street.
• Behavior, e.g. becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful.
• Physical ability, e.g. having trouble with balance.
• Senses, e.g. experiencing changes in vision, hearing, or sensitivity to temperature or depth perception.
Register in advance to reserve a seat. The registration list will be available at the front desk of the senior center.
Company launches senior-care app
SAN FRANCISCO — Elders can find themselves alone and vulnerable in various situations, leaving family members worried about their safety. But now a free app aims to provide newfound protection and peace of mind for all involved.
Safe365, available around the world with user presence in 193 countries, is being launched as a free phone telecare app for seniors.
Through the app, family members know at all times where their loved ones are, whether they have arrived somewhere safely, or whether they may have gotten confused and wandered away.
The app has other functionalities as well: an emergency button for seniors to press to get help, automatic notifications when they enter or leave a certain area, an option to warn when a mobile device is running out of battery.
What also sets Safe365 apart is its notifications based on detected patterns of the elderly user. This aspect of the app helps hone in on habits of the user and it can send out an alert when something outside that habit takes place.
The app maximizes the use of GPS technology but also sports a social and “e-motional” side to it as well. It connects elders with their families via features like photo and mood sharing. It also offers an infinite scrolling social feed with latest family actions.
“With Safe365 it feels like you are connected to your family 24/7,” said Guillem Viladomat, CEO of Safe365. “Safe365 helps extend years of self-reliance for our loved ones, even delaying expensive senior housing solutions.”
Although Safe365 has been designed to be a safety locator for the elderly, it is open to any type of audience that can adapt the app’s functionality to that audience’s needs. For example, it can also serve as a GPS locator for children in case parents want to know their children’s location when they return from school or are headed to a friend’s house.
More information on the full capabilities and benefits of Safe365 can be found at www.Safe365.com.
The app is free in both the Google Play Store for Android devices and the App Store for Apple iOS devices.
Memory cafes scheduled
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their families and caregivers are welcome to attend special cafes that are offered at sites throughout New Hampshire. Each cafe offers families a blend of social time and support, in safe and relaxed environments.
• Manchester: The free Alzheimer’s Cafe is Wednesday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St. No RSVP is required. For information: 669-6144, ext. 151, or email@example.com.
• Concord: The Capital Area Memory Cafe is Wednesday, July 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. The cafe is a collaborative effort by Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges. Registration is not required. For information: 230-5673.
• Dover: The Alzheimer’s Cafe is Thursday, July 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St. Reservations are not needed. The cafe is free, but donations are accepted. It is sponsored by Wentworth Senior Living. For information: 742-2002 or www.childrens-museum.org.
Events upcoming in Manchester
MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., is offering the following events this month. Call the center at 624-6533 to reserve a spot for the events.
Chair massages: Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. A licensed therapist will provide the free 5-minute massages.
Balance assessments: Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. The risks and consequences of falling increase as we age. A physical therapist will assess your balance and any aches or pains that make it hard to get around.
Balance and stability training: Begins Monday, July 15, at 11:45 a.m. If you want to improve your balance and reduce the risk of falling, this class is for you. Fred Daniels, exercise specialist with the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise will take you through exercises to improve strength, flexibility and balance. In addition, you will work on strategies to reduce the risk of falling when you lose your balance. The class will meet for 30 minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays for eight weeks.
Tips for doctor visits: Wednesday, July 17, at 11 a.m. Join the Visiting Nurses Association presenter with tips on getting the most out of your physician visit. Learn what to bring to your appointment, important life events to share with your doctor and how to ask questions you may be reluctant to bring up.
Mayor’s Senior Luncheon: Friday, July 26, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown hotel, 700 Elm St. The luncheon is themed “A day at the ballfield.” Entertainment, dancing and a chance at prizes await those in attendance. Tickets will be on sale at the senior center from Monday, July 1, at 9 a.m. until Friday, July 12, 2019, at 3 p.m. Identification will be required for proof of age and to purchase a ticket. Tickets for members are $5 and $10 for non-members.
Chapin center announces July plans
NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., has organized various activities for the month of July. Call 526-6368 to sign up for the events.
Blood pressure clinic: Monday, July 1, at 9:30 a.m. This is a walk-in program.
Parkinson’s support group: Tuesday, July 2, at 1 p.m. This is a walk-in program.
Computer tutoring: Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 9 to 11 a.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. Nick Oursouff will be available for half-hour one-on-one tutoring sessions for the beginner computer user to the knowledgeable user who seeks collaboration or advice. Learn to use your laptop, tablet or android device for a variety of tasks. Receive help with spreadsheets, email or designing a website. Oursouff has an extensive background in computers from teaching to programming. Bring your laptop or tablet.
Gentle Yoga: Tuesdays, July 9 and 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. This wellness class will help you feel better and create a sense of inner calm as we focus on gaining flexibility, strength and balance. We will use yoga mats or chairs while we do yoga poses. At the end of each class there will be a time of relaxation. Gentle yoga is appropriate for people of any experience level, including beginners. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Carol Filbin is the certified yoga teacher presenting the class.
Foot care clinic: Friday, July 12, from 9:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. The clinic, hosted by the Visiting Nurses Association, costs $25 per participant.
Chair massages: Thursday, July 18, beginning at 10 a.m. The free 15-minute massages are provided by Teresa Colangelo, licensed massage therapist.
Caregiver support and discussion group: Thursday, July 25, at 1 p.m. There is no instruction manual for being a caregiver. Join this peer-led group to learn tips, strategies and advice from those experiencing the same challenges and rewards. This is a walk-in program.
Movie and pizza: Tuesday, July 30, at noon. The movie, “On the Basis of Sex,” is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg — then a struggling attorney and new mother — who faces adversity in her fight for equal rights throughout her career. The event is free.
Dancing, yoga offered in Plymouth
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., hosts the following weekly events.
Country line dancing: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Gentle yoga: Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.
Chair yoga: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Bone Builders: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP at 536-1204.
Tai Chi and Dao Yi: Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Wood carving: Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon.