Seniors News from Jan. 28

The Manchester Police Department helped Home Instead Senior Care with its Be a Santa to a Senior project. From left are Officers Nate Lindstad and Justin Maguire; Cait Hampson, executive director of Home Instead; Andrea Williams, Home Instead’s director of operations; Caitlin Cawley, the home care consultant; and Officer Steve Duquette.

Concord — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free tax assistance and preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers across the Granite State beginning Tuesday through Monday, April 15.

Tax-Aide gives special attention to older people, but you do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to use this service.

“Last year, 292 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 19,000 Granite Staters file their federal tax returns,” said Todd Fahey, AARP New Hampshire state director. “This is an amazing free service for New Hampshire residents.”

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code.

The program is offered at 47 sites, including senior centers and libraries. To find a site and to make an appointment, visit www.nhtaxhelp.org or call the Granite United Way at 211.

Concord VNA, The Birches to offer Caregiver Café

Concord — Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and The Birches at Concord are partnering to offer a Caregiver Café on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at The Birches, 300 Pleasant St.

The Caregiver Café will be held on the first Thursday of each month at the same time.

“Caregiving is a crucial role that at times can be challenging. To support and honor those who are giving care to loved ones, we offer a monthly Caregiver Café,” the groups wrote. “Join us to connect, share and learn with other family caregivers.”

Preregistration is required. To RSVP, call Ashley Tino at 224-9111. Light refreshments will be served.

Home Instead brought ‘Santa’ to 300 seniors

MANCHESTER — The Be a Santa to a Senior project organized by Home Instead Senior Care of Central New Hampshire brought holiday joy to 300 seniors last month.

The project’s mission is to provide gifts and companionship to lonely and isolated seniors. Home Instead says the goal was achieved due to support from area nonprofit organizations, volunteers, community members who donate gifts and retailers that serve as collection sites for the gifts.

Joan M. Barretto, assistant director of Elder Services for the Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, was delighted to receive the majority of the gifts, which were distributed to seniors in need through Meals on Wheels.

Manchester police Officer Steve Duquette, who works in Senior Services, also delivered gifts to many Manchester-area seniors.

Gifts also were donated and delivered to St. Joseph Community Services in Manchester and Liberty House, which helps homeless and struggling veterans.

“During the holidays, seniors can fall through the cracks; this program shows seniors that we see them as an important part of our community and care about them,” said home care consultant Caitlin Cawley. “This is by far my favorite program. It’s heartwarming to give back and see how many seniors we are going to touch with some holiday cheer each year.”

Over the past 13 years, the local Home Instead office has provided more than 4,300 gifts to seniors.

“We had one member of the community deliver 20 handmade blankets to deliver as gifts,” said Lisa Byrne, co-owner of the local Home Instead office.

For more about Home Instead Senior Care, a private-pay home care agency that helps seniors stay in their homes as they age, call 668-6868 or visit homeinstead.com/centralNH.

OLLI class registration gets underway Feb. 4

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, will begin online and mail registration for its spring classes at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4. Registration by phone and in person opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

OLLI is a volunteer-based, member-driven organization that provides learning opportunities and social activities for people 50 and older. Its noncredit classes, which are focused on “learning for the fun of it,” are offered in the Manchester, Concord, Conway and Seacoast areas.

Classes begin Monday, Feb. 18. Wait lists are offered if courses have filled, but OLLI recommends registering early online to have the best chance of enrolling in your first choices.

OLLI members must be sure their membership is current or renewed before beginning the registration process. To register online, visit olli.granite.edu, where you’ll also find the link to the online course catalog by clicking on the Courses and Events tab. Online payments for programs, memberships and donations must be paid with a credit or debit card.

To register by mail, complete the application registration form at the back of the catalog and return it with a check payable to OLLI at GSC addressed to OLLI at GSC, 25 Hall St., Concord, NH 03301. For a paper catalog, contact the OLLI office at 513-1377 or OLLI.office@granite.edu.

Nonmembers may enroll in any course unless otherwise indicated by calling the OLLI office or mailing the paper registration form and a check. There is a $20 per course upcharge for nonmembers.

Thursday the deadline for Salvation Army luncheon

MANCHESTER — Thursday is the deadline to sign up for the Salvation Army’s Valentine luncheon for seniors from Manchester and Bedford.

The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St. The Sunshiners will provide entertainment.

For reservations, call 627-7013.

Alzheimer’s cafes scheduled in February

Special cafes for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, along with their families and caregivers, are offered at a variety of sites in New Hampshire. The monthly cafes vary, but each offers families a blend of social time and support in safe and relaxed environments.

Concord: Capital Area Memory Cafe, 2-4 p.m., the third Wednesday of the month, Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. A collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges. Registration not required. For information, call 230-5673. Next: Feb. 20. Topic for optional roundtable discussion: “Cafe Chat.”

Dover: Alzheimer’s Cafe at Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., 2-4 p.m., the third Thursday. Reservations not needed. Cafe free, but donations accepted. Sponsored by Wentworth Senior Living. For information, call 742-2002 or go to www.childrens-museum.org. Next: Feb. 21.

Dover: Dementia Memory Cafe at Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, 2-4 p.m., the second Tuesday. In partnership with Cornerstone VNA. Open to public. Brief social gathering followed by a roundtable discussion with guest speakers for caregivers and a fun activity for those with dementia. Free. Refreshments included. No reservations required. For information, call 743-4110 ext. 224. Next: Feb. 12. Discussion topic: “Brain Games & Dementia.”

Hanover: Upper Valley Memory Cafe, usually the first Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St. Registration not necessary. Includes breakfast, activities and entertainment. For information, contact Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, 653-3460 or AgingCenter@hitchcock.org. Next: Feb. 2.

Manchester: Alzheimer’s Cafe at Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., 2-4 p.m., second Wednesday. Free; no RSVP required. For information, contact Lynn Thomson at lthomson@currier.org or 669-6144 ext. 151. Next: Feb. 13.

Manchester: Memory Lane Cafe, 9:30-11:30 a.m., the fourth Wednesday, Easterseals NH, 555 Auburn St. Reservations suggested, but drop-ins welcome. For reservations, contact Shirley Gordon, 621-3569 or sagordon@eastersealsnh.org. Next: Feb. 27.

Peterborough: Memory Cafe in Summerhill Assisted Living and Memory Care Community’s pub, 183 Old Dublin Road, 2-3 p.m., the first Thursday. Free. RSVP appreciated, but walk-ins welcome; call 924-6238. Next: Feb. 7. Dr. Kazmouz, a family physician with specialty training in geriatric medicine, will discuss “Medicine at your Door.”

AARP Driver Safety classes offered at 2 Laconia spots

LACONIA — Two locations are offering the AARP Smart Driver course through the end of February. The classroom refresher is designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

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.

Irwin Automotive Group, 59 Bisson Ave., is hosting a class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. People are asked to bring a bagged lunch. To register, call 581-2969.

Taylor Retirement Community, 435 Union Ave., will offer the class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. To register, call 524-5600.

Robert Slavin is the instructor for both classes.

Preregistration is required. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members.

To check for updates to the class schedule, go to goo.gl/Kva2MS.

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