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New Hampshire Senior News Notes
Dick Chevrefils, seen in Sedona, Ariz., is returning to AARP as the New Hampshire state president. (COURTESY)
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.
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.
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.
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.
People with Alzheimer’s, families welcome at cafes
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.
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.
Volunteers 50-plus wanted for after-school 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.
Volunteers don’t need any special experience because training and ongoing support will be provided.
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 email@example.com.
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.
An ice cream social with piano music by Stephen Cote is planned after lunch Thursday, July 25.
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.
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