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November 18. 2012 6:33PM

New Hampshire Senior News


Dick Violette of Warner, who couldn't spend a long Halloween night on his porch due to his health, gets some help giving away treats from his mannequin double, who holds the candy bowl. Joining them are, from left, Gabby, Sarah and Bennett Call. Violette wanted to continue his more than 70-year tradition of passing out candy to youngsters, so his family dressed the mannequin in his hat, clothes and shoes, and his son pasted an enlarged digital photo of his father's face under the hat. When weather forced Violette inside, he turned over candy distribution to his "associate." (COURTESY)

Meals on Wheels seeks holiday gifts for homebound

MERRIMACK - St. Joseph Community Services, which provides Meals on Wheels and community dining throughout Hillsborough County, is looking for holiday gifts for its elderly and disabled homebound clients.

Community members who wish to contribute can do so in two ways. Donors may provide the gift of meals: one week of hot meals is $40; two weeks is $80; and one month is $173. Donors also may purchase a gift. The goal is to be able to present a gift to every client in time for the holidays.

Some suggested gifts ideas include: personal size hand sanitizer, unscented hand lotion, body lotion, shampoo, shower gel, soaps, facial tissues, washcloths, socks, crackers, non-perishable cheeses, cookies, chocolates, candies, tea, coffee, cocoa, mugs, puzzle books, blank note cards, stamps and playing cards.

In addition to the hot, nutritious meals, Meals on Wheels offers a safety check for older and disabled adults, a social connection and helps foster their independence.

For more information on the holiday gift program, corporate sponsorship or in-kind donations, contact Maribeth McCue at DevMgr@SJCSinc.org or 424-9967. For more about Meals on Wheels, go to www.MealsOnWheelsNH.org or look for it on Facebook.

Adult day program plans open house, grand opening

Nashua - All Generations Home Care plans a grand opening and open house from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 28, for its All Generations Adult Day Program at 460 Amherst St.

The public is invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and join them for light refreshments and free raffles. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will lead the ribbon-cutting at 9:15 a.m.

The day program is designed to provide respite for caregivers. All Generations, which is owned by Registered Nurses, has been providing in-home care since 2005. For more information, call 589-9570.

Committee on Aging to meet Wednesday

MANCHESTER - The Manchester Regional Area Committee on Aging will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

The committee meets the third Wednesday of the month, except in July and August. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Barbara at 624-6535.

Free presentations to focus on Social Security benefits

"Social Security Can Work For You," a free presentation sponsored by Independence Financial Advisors and Franklin Savings Bank, will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the bank's Gilford office,11 Sawmill Road, and Thursday, Nov. 29, at the its Bristol office, 350 Lake St.

The presentations will cover such issues as: how retirement benefits of individuals and spouses are calculated; full retirement benefit eligibility; when to start receiving benefits; how benefits are affected when a spouse dies; whether income could reduce Social Security benefits; and how early someone can qualify for Medicare.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call Pam Hannan at 934-0400 or (800) 821-1776.

Littleton senior center to sell pies Wednesday

LITTLETON - The Littleton Area Senior Center will be selling a variety of apple, pumpkin, cream and fruit pies at $10 each, starting at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Pies cannot be ordered ahead; the sale is first-come, first-served.

Anyone wishing to donate a homemade pie should sign up on the sheet at the front desk and bring the pie to the center the day before or the morning of the sale.

The center's Book Worms book club will discuss "The Dressmaker" by Kate Alcott when it meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

"Australia Day" is on the calendar Thursday, Nov. 29. Bob Andersen, a Littleton resident who grew up in Australia, will talk about his native land. An avid photographer, he also plans to bring photos and stories of North American wildlife.

The center will host a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1. To reserve a table, check the sign-up sheet at the front desk. Also coming up are a bell ringer concert Monday, Dec. 3; the Pine Hill Singers on Wednesday, Dec. 5; and a fashion show with Littleton High School on Friday, Dec. 7.

Free meals in Derry include Thanksgiving

DERRY - Seniors, along with other Derry area residents, are welcome to a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at West Running Brook Middle School.

Reservations are required for the 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings by calling 432-1250.

Throughout the year, Derry churches, a synagogue and the school have been offering free meals as part of the Greater Derry Community Meals Network. This is the first time the groups have added Thanksgiving to the mix.

Also coming up:

-- Seventh Day Adventist Church, 7 Brook St., lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday.

-- First Parish Congregational Church, 47 E. Derry Road, spaghetti supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

-- Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9,

-- The middle school, 1 W. Running Brook Lane, spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

-- St. Luke United Methodist Church, 63 E. Broadway, supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

-- Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1-1/2 Hood Road, dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

Donations are accepted, but not required. For more information, go to freemealsinderry.blogspot.com.

Cashin senior center hosts Memory Lane Cafe

MANCHESTER - The next Memory Lane Cafe, a safe and relaxed place where people with dementia and their families can come together for social time and support, is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Cashin Senior Activity Center.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Shirley at 647-6390.


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