HENNIKER — The Learning Institute at New England College, or LINEC, has a wide-ranging lineup of spring classes coming up.
The program offers both retired and younger adults noncredit courses “to educate, entertain and enhance life — for the sheer pleasure of learning.”
The classes, which are led by volunteer peers, include: The Science of Climate Change; The Normal Aging Process — What to Expect; America in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era; Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”; Gettysburg, a Battle for the Union; The History of Christianity; American Novel Reading Group; The Mystery of Earth’s History; and a five-week film series.
Classes begin Monday, April 1, on the campus of New England College.
Memorial Hospital renews its RSVP sponsorship
NORTH CONWAY — Memorial Hospital staff recently met with Carroll County Retired Senior and Volunteer Program board members and volunteers to renew its sponsorship support of RSVP’s volunteer medical transportation and other driver programs.
Carroll County RSVP has been providing medical and other transportation for seniors, veterans and disabled people who are ambulatory for more than 40 years, according to Megan Croce, transportation and marketing coordinator for Carroll County RSVP.
“The number of clients has increased over the past few years, but we have been able to also grow the number of volunteer drivers,” Croce said. “That said, there is always room for more volunteers and financial support of this important program.”
Sue Ruka, the hospital’s director of population health, said the hospital is happy to support RSVP and its volunteer drivers.
“The role that the RSVP transportation program provides is huge in our community,” she said. “Program volunteers do much more than provide transportation to and from appointments. They take our patients for long distances to see specialists; they frequently stay with patients while they are in the waiting room; and they provide socialization and support to many people with medical needs who would otherwise be isolated. It is compassionate care for people exemplified.”
For information on how to access medical transportation services, to become a volunteer driver or to make a donation, call RSVP at 356-9331.
Hospice care the focus of talk at Cashin Center
MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a program on “The Myths and Facts about Hospice Care — What you Should Know” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20.
A speaker from the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire will explain what hospice is and the difference between palliative care and hospice and also review where services can be provided, what to expect if you elect hospice and what you should know as an informed consumer.
To attend, reserve a seat by signing up at the center’s front desk or by calling 624-6533.
Rivier University in Nashua is sponsoring free blood pressure screenings and a quality of life survey between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Rivier’s nurse practitioner students will do the blood pressure screenings. Seniors can help the students by taking a brief survey designed to help them learn about the emotional experiences of older adults.
The center is selling a Senior Center Community Cookbook for $5. The recipes were donated by senior center members and staff along with other city of Manchester employees. To pick up a copy, stop by the center.
Newport center’s program on colds, flu and fatigue
NEWPORT — “Protect Yourself From Colds & Flu” and “Fatigue in Older Adults? It’s Probably Not Low Iron” are the topics of a program planned Thursday, March 21, at the Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St.
Lake Sunapee Region VNA will present the program, which is part of its LSVNA Informational Series, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
LSVNA also will offer a blood pressure clinic from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Foot clinics are planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 25, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. Appointments are required for the foot clinic. To schedule one, call 526-4077.
The card game Pitch is played at the center at 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop-in game, and space is available for more players. For those who’ve never played the game but want to learn, the current players are willing to teach newcomers. For more information, see Sandy Cornish, treasurer of the center’s board of directors.
For more information about the center and its activities, call 863-3177.
Chapin Senior Center offers gentle yoga
NEW LONDON — Gentle yoga is on the calendar twice this month at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 12 and 26.
Yoga teacher Carol Filbin says the class can create a sense of inner calm while also helping to improve flexibility, strength and balance. The class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience, including beginners.
Yoga mats or chairs will be used while doing yoga poses. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. To sign up, call the Kear-sarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.
A licensed massage therapist will offer free 15-minute chair massages beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21. To make an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368.
The center’s Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. The group members share their knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality and how they influence our lives. This is a walk-in program, so no registration is necessary to attend the lively but respectful monthly discussions.
Memory Cafe to feature chat about nutrition
CONCORD — During the next Capital Area Memory Cafe, Michelle Smith, a dietitian and nutritionist from Concord Hospital Center for Health Promotion, will discuss the importance of good nutrition for family caregivers and those living with memory impairment.
The cafe is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway.
Smith will offer tips on preparing quick and nutritious meals and snacks and will be available to answer questions about nutrition.
The cafes, which are for people who are memory-impaired and their family members, are held the third Wednesday of each month at the same time. They are a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges of Concord.
The cafes are free, and no registration is required. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 230-5673 or email Jennifer.Brechtel@crvna.org.