New Hampshire Senior News Notes

July 14. 2013 5:08PM
Dick Chevrefils, seen in Sedona, Ariz., is returning to AARP as the New Hampshire state president. (COURTESY)

AARP’s new state president a familiar face

MANCHESTER — The new AARP New Hampshire state president is actually an old hand.

Dick Chevrefils, who retired from AARP in 2011, recently accepted the volunteer position, which involves leading AARP volunteers, collaborating with state leaders to achieve the organization’s strategic goals and continuing to enhance relationships with leaders in business, government and nonprofits to meet the needs of people 50 and older and their families.Chevrefils served as AARP state director in New Hampshire from 2003 to 2007, when he left to fill the same roll in Pennsylvania.

With three grown children — and a new grandchild — in Northern England, Chevrefils and his wife, Fran, say they had a calling to return to New Hampshire. So Chevrefils retired from AARP and moved “home.”But projects around his Concord home, travel, volunteering and family time weren’t quite enough. “I really wanted to get back into helping people and making a difference in people’s lives,” he said in a news release. “With AARP, I’ve found the perfect volunteer position. AARP is a tremendous organization, with a great mission ... and what a resource to people as they age.”

Prior to AARP, Chevrefils spent 35 years in New Hampshire state government, working in the fields of aging, health and human services. He also has been a community leader, and currently serves as vice chairman of the Advisory Board for Adoptive Families for Children and as a board member of National Association on Mental Illness. He also has held leadership posts with United Way, Salvation Army, YMCA, Community Health Care Association and the N.H. Association for the Blind. He has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College and master’s in social work from Boston College.

Bedford Seniors’ summer day trips open to public

BEDFORD — The public is invited to join Bedford Seniors’ members on their day trips, including one this week. • Tuesday: the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine, with stops at Stonewall Kitchen, York Beach and Nubble Light, a lighthouse in York. Lunch is on your own at the Weathervane. The driver, Jim Dineen, will share interesting information about the area’s history. Cost is $35.• Aug. 3: Tanglewood in Massachusetts to see the Boston Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma in a rehearsal. The $19 cost includes a boxed lunch. • Aug. 5: Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, to see “The 39 Steps,” a comedy/thriller. Cost is $85 and includes lunch at Hart’s Turkey Farm.

To sign up or for more details, call Charlotte at 668-1422.Rehearsals are under way for the group’s live presentation of “Hollywood Rejects,” a show that will take place during the Oct. 8 meeting. Talent is not needed to participate.

The Bedford Seniors, a social group with a charitable aspect, is open to any senior in New Hampshire. The group’s meetings are on hiatus for the summer and will resume in September. For membership information, call Jo at 623-7073.

Plymouth center to raffle 3 handmade doll houses

PLYMOUTH — A raffle for three unique handmade doll houses is under way at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St.The fully furnished doll houses, which were donated to the center, are in three different styles: a two-story Victorian, a country-style house and a rustic log cabin with a logging truck. They will be raffled off in September. The center called the craftsmanship “astonishing” and welcomed people to stop at the center to look them over. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Entertainment this month includes a sing-along with Bill Sharp at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, an ice cream social after lunch Thursday and the singing and guitar playing of Jim Tyrell at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31.The center operates two wheelchair-lift equipped vans weekdays that can transport seniors to a variety of services, from medical appointments, pharmacy pickups and grocery stores to banks, the post office and activities in the area.

For more about activities and the vans, call the center at 536-1204.

RSVP seeks volunteers for program to help inmates

Thresholds and Decisions, a program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offered to soon-to-be released inmates at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, is looking for volunteers.The program encourages critical thinking and decision-making among the inmates, who are within a few months of their release and are screened for participation in the program. The goal is for inmates to learn what it takes to create better lives for themselves and a safer, more productive community for those around them.Each volunteer counselor meets one-on-one with an inmate to discuss and reinforce course material. The hour-long sessions take place once a week for 12 weeks. Volunteers will be asked to attend a one-day training session and will be provided with the materials, training and support needed to teach the program. RSVP is recruiting for the program that starts in September.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the program, which is supported by Southern New Hampshire Services, should contact Lyn Collins, program coordinator, at 634-1169 or

People with Alzheimer’s, families welcome at cafes

The next Memory Lane Cafe at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center in Manchester is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24.

The cafe is a safe and relaxed environment for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as their families and caregivers, to come together for some social time and support.

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

The cafe, which is hosted and organized by Genesis Healthcare and a team of volunteers, is offered the fourth Wednesday of every month at the center, 151 Douglas St. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., in Dover offers a similar cafe. Its Alzheimer’s Cafe is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, and the third Thursdays of subsequent months.

People who have Alzheimer’s disease, along with their family members and care partners, are welcome to gather at the museum to chat, relax and socialize while enjoying free refreshments. Reservations are not needed and there is no cost to attend, though donations are accepted.

For more information, contact Paula Rais at 742-2002 ext. 104 or

Ms. NH Senior America pageant names delegate

Barbara Danais of Windham will be the 2013 New Hampshire delegate to the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City in October.

A coronation ceremony is planned at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Windham Community TV station, 3 N. Lowell Road, during the program “Chatting Over the Crown.”

Volunteers 50-plus wanted for after-school program

MANCHESTER — People looking for a volunteer opportunity that will help keep them active might be interested in the CATCH Healthy Habits Program.

Southern New Hampshire Services is looking for volunteers 50 and older to help lead weekly after-school programs in Manchester that teach young children about nutrition, get them involved in fun exercise and help give them the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese, the organizers say, and the program is working to reverse that trend in Manchester.

Volunteers don’t need any special experience because training and ongoing support will be provided.

Volunteers are needed in all areas of the program, from leading classes to preparing snacks or helping with administrative tasks.

The CATCH Healthy Habits program is sponsored by the OASIS Institute and supported locally by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. For more information, contact Deborah Keefe at 634-1169 or

‘Respite for Caregivers’ topic of Littleton program

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will host part two of a three-part “Aging your Way” program from Granite State Independent Living at 1 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Donna Potter will present this session, “Respite for Caregivers.” The final session in August will be “Advocate for Yourself.”

An ice cream social with piano music by Stephen Cote is planned after lunch Thursday, July 25.

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

Chapin center offers meditation program

NEW LONDONDERRY — The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., is hosting a “Meditation & Body Awareness” program for men and women with Cathy Todd at 11 a.m. the first, third and fourth Mondays of the month. 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 get seniors to start a regular practice of 15 minutes of meditation a day.

Thursday is the deadline to RSVP for the Conversations With Lunch program at noon Monday, July 22, at the First Baptist Church. The program will feature Bill Zimmerman, a jazz musician from New London. To sign up, call the center at 526-6368.

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