New Hampshire Senior News in Brief

July 28. 2013 4:44PM
Windham Terrace staff member Alicia Sell, left, presents the Senior Service Award to Helping Hands volunteers, from left, Al and Cathy Pappalardo, Bill Merrill, Susan Hebert and Jay Moltenbrey. (COURTESY)

Windham Terrace honors volunteers from Helping Hands

WINDHAM — Windham Terrace Assisted Living honored the volunteers of Windham’s Helping Hands with a Senior Service Award on Friday.

One volunteer, Donna Maroon, who focuses much of her attention on projects for senior citizens, was singled out with the award. She was nominated by Sally Hunt, co-chairman of Helping Hands, a volunteer organization that provides for people in need of assistance in a variety of ways, including offering referrals and support to seniors to help them remain in their homes and live independently.

Helping Hands and Maroon each were to be given a $500 gift from Windham Terrace as part of the award, but Maroon put her $500 back into the charity she loves so much. So a $1,000 check was presented to Helping Hands during a ceremony Friday, which Maroon was unable to attend.Maroon, a retired first-grade teacher who now works part time as a kindergarten teacher, has been a volunteer since the early stages of the organization’s development 11 years ago and is now a board member.

She looks for ways to bring the energy of the schools’ programs to seniors in the area, such as bringing students from music class to senior living communities for performances. One of her favorite projects is sending seniors Easter baskets filled with food plus handwritten notes from high school students. She said the notes are always even more appreciated than the food in those baskets, and some seniors write students back to keep in touch.

“It’s wonderful for Helping Hands to be recognized like this by Windham Terrace,” Maroon said. “I feel that I share this honor with everyone who volunteers there. It’s definitely a team effort from the volunteers and the community overall.”

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Manchester center to host diabetic shoe clinic

MANCHESTER — A diabetic shoe clinic for people on Medicare is planned Thursday, Aug. 8, by appointment at the Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

Medicare benefits for diabetics include one free pair of therapeutic shoes and inserts every year.

To schedule an appointment for a fitting and to pick a shoe style, call Leanne at 828-6762. All widths will be available. Seniors should bring their Medicare and insurance information, plus their doctor’s name, address and phone number.

Littleton seniors to attend Horse Meadow Kindle class

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is offering a trip to Horse Meadow Senior Center in North Haverhill for a Kindle class and lunch Monday, Aug. 12.

The class will show how to get the most out of a Kindle Fire. Seniors should bring their Kindles to the class. The group will leave the Littleton center at 9:15 a.m. for the class, which will go from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and entertainment by Sweet Jamm. The return is set for 1:30 p.m.The cost of the class and lunch are by donation. Transportation is $3. To sign up, go to the front desk. The group is limited to 12.

A day trip also is planned Monday, Aug. 5, to the Frost Place in Franconia, where poet Robert Frost lived from 1915 to 1920 and summered for 19 years. Seniors will see a 20-minute video on his life and works and then tour the home and grounds. A quarter-mile walking poetry trail is optional. Admission is $4; transportation, $3. The group will leave at 12:45 p.m. and return at 3 p.m. To sign up, go to the front desk

The center plans a barbecue with summer salads and make-your-own sundaes on Friday, Aug. 9. Uncommon Folk will entertain with bluegrass music after lunch.

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

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