New Hampshire Senior News in Brief
Workshop participants may come early for lunch offered from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. by St. Joseph Community Services in the center’s cafeteria. A $5 donation is requested for diners younger than 60; $2 for 60 and older. Preregistration for lunch is required; call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106.
The AARP Driver Safety Program has announced the October lineup for its driving refresher course.
The usually two-part class, which is open to any age driver but geared to people over 50, costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.
EXETER — RiverWoods at Exeter, a continuing care community, is offering a free luncheon seminar on “Truth vs. Trend: The Real Facts Behind Today’s Food Myths, and Healthy Eating Tips for Age 60+”
Guest presenters will be Tracey Miller of Tracey Miller Wellness and Kathy Gallant, owner of Blue Moon Evolution restaurant. They are co-founders of the Food and Health Forum.
They will share practical tips for easily transforming meals without breaking the bank or spending all day in the kitchen.
The free luncheon program for people curious about what life is really like at a retirement community provides three luncheon courses, along with RiverWoods residents and in-house experts to open up different conversations at each table. The topics for this session will be “Timing, Timing, Timing: Lifestyle, Availability and Health Qualifications.”
CCREA to host meeting for NH retired educators group
KEENE — The Cheshire County Retired Educators Association will host a meeting and luncheon for the New Hampshire Retired Educators Association on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Papagallo’s Restaurant on Route 12.
Jason Purdy, an internationally known illusionist and a Keene native, will entertain before the luncheon.
Anyone interested in attending the meeting should call Ken Whitaker at 827-3702.
PORTSMOUTH — Families First Health & Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, will offer two workshops in October as part of its “Senior Years” series.
“Living with Dementia and Caring for the Caretaker,” scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, will provide information about the disease, look at care concerns and options and identify emotional challenges that affect the caretaker. It will cover home safety and driving concerns; getting into their world; how to positively interact; caretaker options and involving the family; and legal and financial considerations.
Anne Romney, M.Ed., will lead both workshops.
Advance signup is required. To register, call 422-8208 ext. 2 or go online to FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org/programs.cfm.
DOVER — Maple Suites is hosting a free fraud prevention seminar at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the independent senior living community, 30 Holiday Drive.
The detectives will discuss how seniors can protect their bank accounts, Social Security numbers, how to maintain sensitive information and how to avoid being a victim of fraud and identity theft, which is the fastest growing crime in the United States. Each year, more than 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft, and seniors are an especially vulnerable target.
Those who RSVP in advance are invited to stay for lunch at Maple Suites after the seminar at 12:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.
NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host a flu shot clinic by the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Those who have insurance, should bring their insurance cards. The cost is $25 if paying with cash or check. LSRVNA will directly bill Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, Medicare Advantage and New Hampshire Medicaid.
The Breakfast Club book discussion group will discuss “A Death in Vienna” by Frank Tallis when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, will feature “August Rush.” To sign up for the Pizza Night or for more information about any activities, call the center at 526-6368.
DERRY— The Marion Gerrish Community Center, a nonprofit organization that provides meeting space for local groups, clubs and organizations, is hosting a six-week Mahjongg class to teach area seniors the ancient Chinese game. The class is full, but it will be rolling directly into a senior Mahjongg group that will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Oct. 15.
Martha Tomanelli, who has been playing the game for 35 years and teaching it for 10 years, is providing the instruction, with assistance from Linda Patkin. The game, which is typically played with four people, uses a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols and involves skill, strategy and calculation.
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