Seniors News

Author Thomas W. Farmen will be at the Chapin Senior Center in New London on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to discuss his book “Bessie’s Story; Watching the Lights Go Out.”

NEW LONDON — Author Thomas W. Farmen will be at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to discuss his book, “Bessie’s Story; Watching the Lights Go Out.”

The book is “an inspiring story about a charming, brave, unpretentious chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight,” according to Farmen’s website. “The author chronologically leads the reader from the original diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half-year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism.”

Farmen, the headmaster emeritus of Rumsey Hall School in Washington, Conn., where he worked for more than 40 years, now lives with his wife, Ashley, in New Hampshire.

To attend, call Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368 to register.

The center’s Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The group welcomes those who are interested in delving into a variety of humanist and nontheist topics. The members share their knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religion, spirituality and how they influence our lives.

“Bring your thoughts, your questions and an open mind, and join our lively, respectful monthly discussions,” the group says. This is a walk-in program, so no reservations are needed.

The Caregiver Support and Discussion Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

This is a peer-led group whose members exchange tips, strategies and advice. This also is a walk-in program.

The next Movie & Pizza Matinee is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The free movie will be “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning play in which a fifty-something garbage collector (and almost-pro baseball player) Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) struggles with a fatigued marriage to Rose (Viola Davis), strained relationship with his son (Jovan Adepo) and the crippling weight of past disappointments.

To attend, sign up by calling the COA at 526-6368.

Coffee & Conversations planned in 3 communities

Concord — AARP is hosting its community engagement program called Coffee & Conversation in Dover, Manchester and Warner this month.

The gatherings for AARP volunteers, other members and their guests are held at coffee shops, where the discussion will include information about activities and events coming up. People also are welcome to share ideas about activities they’d like to see in their communities. Members and guests also will receive a free cup of coffee.

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

Here’s the schedule:

Warner: Wednesday, 8-11 a.m., Schoodacs Coffee House, 1 E. Main St.

Manchester: Friday, 8-11 a.m., Unity Café, 3 Sundial Ave.

Dover : Monday, Aug. 19, 8-11 a.m., Adelle’s Coffeehouse; 3 Hale St.

Information about AARP events in New Hampshire also can be found at or

Breakfast Exchange Club names new leaders

NASHUA — The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua, an affiliate of the National Exchange Club, recently inducted new officers and directors for its board of directors for the 2019-2020 program year.

Ivor Pattison, Ph.D., was installed as board chairman. Beth Todgham will serve as secretary/treasurer and Barbara Walden of Gateways Community Services as immediate past president.

Serving on the board of directors are Suzanne Koperniak of Life Coping, Kathie Rice Orshak, Jocelyn Sharp Henning, Lorraine Stumpf and Jean Lovely.

Established in 1998, the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is one of a limited number of Exchange Clubs nationwide that focus on the needs of the community’s elderly population.

The local service organization sponsors a number of programs, including Senior Shopping Days, Heat Up/Cool Down and senior socials that benefit area seniors. The club provides these services through fundraisers such as its annual Baked PotatoFest held each spring at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

Club members meet at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Streeter Shores Senior Housing, 76 Temple St. In addition to providing time to network with other members, meetings include special-interest presentations, and special event and program planning.

New members are always welcome. For more information, email

Ice Cream Nights offered for AARP members, guests

Concord — AARP New Hampshire will bring its Ice Cream Nights to ice cream shops in Merrimack, Kingston and Hopkinton this month.

Members and one guest will be able to enjoy a free, small ice cream on AARP. Members also will get to meet and mingle with AARP staff, volunteers and other members.

The gatherings are all from 5-7 p.m. AARP asks people not to arrive early.

Merrimack: Wednesday, Aug. 21, Hayward’s Ice Cream, 364 Daniel Webster Highway.

Kingston: Thursday, Aug. 22, Memories Ice Cream, 95 Exeter Road.

Hopkinton: Wednesday, Aug. 28, Beech Hill Farm, 107 Beech Hill Road.

Members must show their AARP membership card. To save time and skip the line, preregister at

Concord’s trail system focus of Aug. 20 program

Concord — The city of Concord has a trail system with 31 trails covering 81 miles. To find out more about this resource, join AARP New Hampshire and Assistant City Planner Beth Fenstermacher for an educational session on how to navigate the off-road trails and how to read the trail maps.

The Intro to Concord Trails Workshop is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. No. 201.

Fenstermacher will take people on a virtual tour of three of the trails and share advice on what to bring on a hike and what kind of terrain to expect. Those who attend also will learn how to navigate the city’s website to find trail maps and other pertinent information and also about the Trail Passport program, which could provide the motivation to hit more of the trails throughout the year.

The program is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. To sign up, go to

Plymouth center to mark Senior Citizen Day

Plymouth — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate National Senior Citizen Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with music by Paul Hubert from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The last barbecue of the summer will be Wednesday, Aug. 28.

For more information about the center and its activities, call 536-1204.

Talk on program that helps with chronic conditions

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a Lunch and Learn on the IBIS Program at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

After a light lunch, those who attend will learn about the new system to use in homes to help keep track of medical needs and activities of daily life, or ADLs.

Easterseals NH is presenting the discussion of the Ibis Program, which was developed for people to better manage their chronic health conditions, such as COPD, diabetes, hypertension and chronic heart failure, all in the comfort of their own home.

For those eligible for Medicare, a Medicare Advantage Plan or N.H. Medicaid, the cost of the IBIS Program is a covered benefit.

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

The center’s next Movie Matinee is set for 1 p.m. Thursday Aug. 29. The $5 cost includes the movie, hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soda. To join in, sign up at least one week ahead at the front desk, where you can vote for your favorite movie choice.

The center’s bridge group is looking for some more players. Anyone interested in playing the game is welcome to show up at noon Mondays and Thursdays.

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