New Hampshire Senior News Briefs

March 24. 2013 5:30PM
Thomas Bonito, left, a retired pharmacist from the Manchester VA Medical Center, will be the guest speaker Thursday at the meeting of the Manchester Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. He's joined by the speakers at last month's meeting, Craig Bamberger, center, and Denis Caron of McHugh's Funeral Home, who discussed the many ways in which final arrangements could be made. (COURTESY)

Maples Suites seminar on Alzheimer's, dementia

DOVER - Maple Suites Senior Independent Living, 30 Holiday Drive, will host a seminar at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The seminar will be led by Dr. John Hopkins, owner of Bellamy & Watson Fields, assisted living facilities in Dover, and a gerontologist who has pioneered treatment and care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Dr. Hopkins will talk about memory loss; symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia; causes and risk factors; how to determine if it is Alzheimer's or dementia; benefits of early detection; stages of the disease; treatment options; and resources for families who are living with dementia and Alzheimer's.

To reserve a seat, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.

Manchester NARFE Chapter to meet Thursday

MANCHESTER - The Manchester Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet Thursday at American Legion Sweeney Post 2, 251 Maple St. The doors will open at 1 p.m., and the meeting will start at 1:30 p.m.

All members and prospective members are welcome.

The speaker will be Thomas Bonito, a retired pharmacy operations manager at the Manchester VA Medical Center. He will talk about VA pharmacy benefits for veterans and will take questions from the members. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Littleton center plans Easter lunch April 1

LITTLETON - Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will have its traditional Easter lunch on Monday, April 1. Seniors who wear an Easter bonnet will be eligible for a prize. A game also is planned before lunch.

On Tuesday, April 2, the center will celebrate a belated April Fool's Day with joke-telling, including a vote on the best joke of the year.

The center offers watercolor art classes every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with Kristine Lingle. Supplies are available for beginners. The cost is $8 per class.

For more about the center's activities, call 444-6050.

Bedford Seniors group to celebrate baseball

BEDFORD - The Bedford Seniors will celebrate baseball with a catered lunch during its next meeting at noon Tuesday, April 9, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. Members are encouraged to wear baseball caps and shirts. The cost is $16. To sign up, call Jo at 623-7073.

Each month, members bring food donations for the Salvation Army. Next month's request is for instant potatoes.

The group also has several trips planned:

April 6: "Les Miserables," Hanover Theatre, Worcester, Mass., $109.

April 10: disaster preparedness seminar for seniors, Bedford Town Hall, 10 a.m. Preregistration required by April 3; call 472-5242.

June 6: trip to Woods Hole, Mass., 90-minute cruise to Martha's Vineyard and Nobska Point Lighthouse in Woods Hole, Woods Hole Science Aquarium, lunch at Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth, $99.

Aug. 3: Boston Symphony Orchestra with Yo Yo Ma, Tanglewood, the Berkshires, $119.

August: "The 39 Steps," Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, lunch at Hart's Turkey Farm, $85.

For more details or to sign up, call Charlotte at 668-1422. It's not necessary to be a member to join one of the trips.

AARP announces April driving refresher classes

The AARP Driver Safety Program has announced the April lineup for its driving refresher course. The usually two-part class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.

Colebrook: April 22-23, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, 181 Corliss Lane, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., call 388-4292.

Derry: April 10 and 12, Nutfield Medical Building, 44 Birch St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call (877) 642-2362.

Dover: April 4-5, Wentworth Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave., 1-5 p.m., call 742-6075.

Exeter: April 6 (one session), RiverWoods retirement community, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., call 772-4342.

Keene: April 8-9, Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 352-5037.

Laconia: April 29-30, Taylor Retirement Community, 435 Union Ave., 1-5 p.m., call 524-5600.

Lebanon: April 22-23, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 125 Mascoma St.,10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 448-7425.

Littleton: April 11-12, Littleton Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, 1-5 p.m., call 444-6050.

Manchester: April 22 and 24, Community Health Services of Catholic Medical Center, 195 McGregor St., Lower level, Suite LL22, 1-5 p.m., call 626-2626.

Meredith: April 3-4, Meredith Community Center, 1 Circle Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 677-7187.

Nashua: April 2-3, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2300 Southwood Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 594-3628.

Nashua: April 17-18, Nashua Senior Activity Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 889-6155.

North Conway: April 3 (one session), Gibson Senior Center, 14 Grove St., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., call 356-3231.

North Haverhill: April 16-17, Horse Meadow Senior Center, 91 Horse Meadow Lane, 1-5 p.m., call 787-2539.

Diabetic shoe clinic offered at Cashin center

MANCHESTER - A diabetic shoe clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, at the Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St.

Diabetics on Medicare are entitled to one pair of therapeutic shoes, plus inserts, each calendar year, paid for by Medicare. Seniors can pick a shoe style and get measured for shoes at the clinic. All widths will be available.

For an appointrment, call 828-6762. Seniors should bring their Medicare and insurance information and their doctor's name, address and phone number.

Series on meditation starts April 1 at Chapin center

NEW LONDON - Chapin Senior Center of Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., is hosting a series of classes and workshops on body awareness and meditation with Cathy Todd.

Classes will be from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, April 1 to 29. Meditation workshops will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Wednesdays, April 3 to 24. Todd says she will respond to the needs of those in attendance, and there's no need to sit cross-legged on the floor. Her goal is to help seniors start a regular practice of meditating 15 minutes a day.

A five-week watercolor painting workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 2, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, April 9 to 30. The classes, led by Eleanor MacNicoll, are for those who have an interest in painting and who have some experience in art. The workshop will include landscapes, still life, florals and people. There is no charge, and some materials will be available at the first class. To sign up, call COA at 526-6368. For more details, call MacNicoll at 763-9019.

The center's Breakfast Club book discussion group will focus on "King Peggy" by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9.

For more about activities at the center, call 526-6368.

RiverWoods program to focus on timing for a move

EXETER - RiverWoods, a continuing care retirement community, will host its next "Three-Course Conversations with Residents" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at its Ridge campus, 10 White Oak Drive.

These luncheon programs are for people curious about what life is really like at a retirement community.

The topic will be "Timing, Timing, Timing: Knowing How & When You're Ready," with the discussion focusing on when to make a move.

This program will feature a three-course luncheon and three sets of guest panelists: residents Howard and Suzanna Ulfelder, Janet Phypers and George Miller.

Seating is limited. To sign up, call Diane Burch at 658-3014 or email

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