New Hampshire Senior News

January 12. 2014 3:46PM
Cheshire County Retired Educators Association President Sue McGinnis and Vice President Carol Hines collect food, clothing and money during the association’s holiday luncheon last month. (COURTESY)

Retired Men’s Association to learn about fall risks, prevention

MANCHESTER — The Retired Men’s Association’s next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, will include a presentation on “Fall Risk and Fall Prevention: Why You Should be Concerned.”

Lisa Rondeau and Kendra Viviers, both physical therapists at Catholic Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Dartmouth Commons, will present the roughly 30-minute program. They will go over several topics, including statistics related to falls, factors that contribute to fall risk, ways to help prevent falls, home safety and how physical therapy can help decrease fall risk. At the end of the presentation, they will offer fall risk screenings to those attending.

Rondeau is part of Catholic Medical Center’s Multidisciplinary Falls Clinic Team, which is offered to the public to help treat people who have issues with falling or who are afraid to fall.The Retired Men’s Association meets monthly, with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by a guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings, which are free and open to all interested men, are held in Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St., lower level, across the street from the hospital.

For more information about the group, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573 or go to

The association also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month as well as a cribbage card playing group that meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more information about the computer group, email Bob Chase at For cribbage information, contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or

Retired educators combine party with helping people

MARLBOROUGH — More than 80 educators attended the Cheshire County Retired Teachers Association’s holiday luncheon at the Marlborough House.

During the party, the association raised $175 and a truck load of food for the Keene Community Kitchen as well as a large assortment of new hats, mittens, gloves and toys for the Keene Headstart Program.

Littleton area center accepting AARP Tax-Aide appointments

LITTLETON — Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program will once again be at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, to help seniors prepare their income tax forms.

Volunteers will be at the center on Tuesday afternoons in February and March.

This is a free service, but appointments are necessary. To make an appointment, call Phyllis at the center at 444-6050.

The center also is still looking for volunteers, who can give as little or as much time as they want to any area of the center they might enjoy. For more information, call 444-6050.

RSVP program for inmates seeks senior volunteers

MANCHESTER — Thresholds and Decisions, a program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community by helping soon-to-be released inmates at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections.

Trained volunteer counselors lead the critical-thinking and decision-making program for inmates who are within a few months of their release. The inmates are screened for participation in the program.

Each volunteer meets one on one with an inmate clients once a week for 12 weeks to discuss and reinforce course material. Training, support and materials to teach and reinforce this program are provided by the Thresholds coordinator.

Organizers say graduates of the Thresholds program learn what it takes to create better lives for themselves and a safer, more productive community for everyone.

Volunteers are asked to attend a one-day training session. The next session will begin with training on Saturday, March 5, and conclude on Wednesday May 28, with graduation.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program, which is supported by Southern New Hampshire Services, should contact Lyn Collins, program coordinator, at 634-1169 or

Public invited to Maple Suites’ estate planning seminar

DOVER — Maple Suites, a senior independent living community at 30 Holiday Drive, is hosting a free estate planning seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend.

The seminar will be conducted by Thomas Torr, an elder law attorney from Cocheco Elder Law Associates in Dover, who specializes in estate planning, estate administration and wills and trusts for seniors. Torr also hosts a financial talk show on WTSN.

Topics covered will include preserving family assets, various types of trusts and the benefits of each, durable power of attorney, wills, health directives, charitable planning and a discussion about estate taxes and how they will affect a family now and in the future.

Those who RSVP in advance are invited to stay for lunch at Maple Suites at 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.

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