NH Senior News in Brief
Ms. New Hampshire Senior America 2012, Marie Klinedinst of Warner, center, is wrapping up her reign. Pageant organizers are seeking contestants to vie for the 2014 title. Klinedinst is joined by other state pageant winners and a Maine winner. From left, Hope Heath, 1994; Patricia Platt, Maine 2009; Dawn Baker, 2010; Kathy Salanitro, 2011; Dianne M. Durkin, 2009; and Mary Griffin, 1993. (COURTESY)
Both the New Hampshire and the national contestants are judged based on an interview, presentation in a gown (no swimsuits), presentation of their philosophy of life and a talent portion. Organizers say the talent options can go beyond singing or dancing. Past New Hampshire contestants have included an oxen driver, flower arranger and poet.
The AARP Driver Safety Program has announced the July lineup for its driving refresher course.
The class covers such information as defensive driving techniques and age-related changes to vision, hearing and reaction time. It’s a combination of discussion and videos; there are no written or driving tests. The two-part class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.Concord: July 24-25, Horseshoe Pond Place, 26 Commercial St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 228-6956 to register.Dover: July 11-12, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 1-5 p.m., 742-6075.Nashua: July 8 and 10, St. Joseph Hospital, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 595-3168.Nashua: July 16-17, Nashua Senior Activity Center, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 880-8685.
DOVER — The Alzheimer’s Association will present a seminar on “Driving — When it is Time to Give up the Car Keys?” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Maple Suites retirement community, 30 Holiday Drive.
The Alzheimer’s Association says ideally families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Making a decision about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition, the association says. The seminar will help prepare people to make that important decision for a loved one and ease the family through the transition process.
Saturday is AARP Day at Millyard Museum
Admission includes access to all the exhibits as well as a special lecture, “Samuel Blodget — Manchester’s Pioneer of Industry.”
“Throughout last year, we held a series of open houses to find out what Granite Staters wanted from their AARP membership,” said AARP New Hampshire state director Kelly Clark. “A consistent theme emerged. Members wanted local offerings, at New Hampshire venues, and the chance to meet other AARP members. That’s the impetus behind AARP Day at the Millyard Museum.”
“AARP staff and volunteers will also be at the Millyard Museum to meet and greet AARP members,” Clark said. “We encourage them to stop by and chat with us and find out more about our work in their communities.”
• Majestic Theatre’s performance of “Cinderella,” July 14 and 21;
• Free tastings and tours at five Seacoast wineries, Aug. 5;
• UNH Wildcats hockey game against the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Nov. 2.
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