New Hampshire Senior News in Brief

May 12. 2013 4:57PM
About 40 residents and guests at the Edgewater Club, which serves two 55 and older communities in Englewood, Fla., recently enjoyed a potluck lunch on the poolside patio. They represented 15 cities and towns in New Hampshire. The day, organized by Ann and Leon Leclerc, featured food, conversation and a sing-along to the New Hampshire state song and other melodies. (COURTESY)

Seminar in Dover on the ‘Sandwich Generation’

DOVER — Maple Suites is hosting a free seminar, “The Sandwich Generation,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the senior living community, 30 Holiday Drive.

Thomas Torr, an elder law attorney from Cocheco Elder Law Associates in Dover and host of the weekly talk show “Your Money & You” on WTSN in Dover, will conduct the seminar, which the public is invited to attend.

The “Sandwich Generation” is the age 40 to 65 demographic that is dealing with making financial, housing and medical decisions for both their children and their aging parents.

Topics covered will include how to navigate the financial waters of providing and budgeting for three generations under one roof, protecting the ability to make health care decisions for children and elderly parents, managing financial affairs, including saving for college and retirement, and how to handle debt acquired from a loved one. He will also discuss the legal decisions people may need to make for all three generations.

To reserve a seat or for more information, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.

Retired Men’s Association’s talk on memory changes

MANCHESTER — “Changes in Memory of the Aging” will be the focus of the program during the New Hampshire Retired Men’s Association’s next meeting Tuesday, May 21.

Guest speaker Heather Carroll, a licensed social worker and dementia practitioner, will discuss the normal cognitive changes associated with aging, what is dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the warning signs and steps for a proper diagnosis. She also will cover lifestyle choices that contribute to good health, as well as Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

Carroll has worked with elderly people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for more than 15 years, serving on the Board of Elder Services, as an Alzheimer’s support group leader and as director of a long-term care specialty unit. After volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association for 10 years, she has taken a full-time position as coordinator of programs and public policy in New Hampshire.

The Retired Men’s Association meets monthly, with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by the guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings are in Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St. lower level, which is across the street from the hospital. Meetings are free and open to any interested men. For more information, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573.

The association also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month and a cribbage group that meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more about the computer group, email Jim Theodosopoulos at For cribbage information, contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or

Chapin center’s health series for adults and caregivers

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., will offer “Better Choices, Better Health,” a discussion series for adults dealing with ongoing medical conditions and for caregivers.

It will discuss practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and stress, how to make informed treatment decisions, better nutrition and exercise choices, how to talk with physicians and family members about health and how to obtain the support needed.

The program, which is sponsored by Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, May 21 to June 25. A $10 donation is suggested. Attendance is limited to 14. To register, call the COA at 526-6368.

The center’s Breakfast Club book group will focus on “The Forgotten” by Kate Morton when it meets Tuesday. Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday will feature the film “Mickey.”

Memory Lane Cafe set for next week at Cashin Center

MANCHESTER — The Memory Lane Cafe, a safe and relaxed environment for people with dementia and their families to come together, is offered the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St.

The first hour is filled with support and education for families and caregivers, while the person with dementia is engaged in an activity. The second hour is a time for socializing, and everyone partakes in activities together.

For more information or to make a reservation for the next cafe on May 22, contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or The cafe is hosted and organized by Genesis Healthcare and a team of volunteers.

Eating bread to raise dough for community center

MERRIMACK — The John O’Leary Adult Community Center plans a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Panera Bread, 7 Colby Court, in Bedford.

A percentage of sales between those hours will be donated to the center when dining checks are accompanied by a flier containing the fundraiser’s details.

Fliers are available at the community center, 4 Church St., or through email by calling Steve Dembow, rental coordinator, at 429-0902.

Money raised will be used for upkeep and improvements at the center, which serves the residents of Merrimack and beyond. The center is home to the Merrimack Senior Citizens Club, St. Joseph Community Services, which provides Meals on Wheels in Hillsborough County, the Rotary Club of Merrimack and the Bedford Merrimack Honesty Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, among others.

Senior Shuffleboard group to open season Tuesday

MANCHESTER — Manchester Parks and Recreation’s Senior Shuffleboard group will begin its season at 9 a.m. Tuesday at JFK Coliseum, 303 Beech St. All are welcome.

Littleton area center plans Memorial Day barbecue

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will celebrate Memorial Day with a barbecue on Thursday, May 23.

The Littleton High School band, directed by Melanie Donahue, also will be part of the celebration, performing patriotic selections and singalongs from 11 a.m. to noon. The Thursday food raffle will go on as usual.

Friday is International Day at the center. This month the focus is Japan. A meal of Japanese food, will be followed by a presentation by Kay Raymond, who grew up in Japan and later moved to New Hampshire, and Maggie Anderson, who has made several trips to Japan.

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

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