Senior News: Lifelong Learning Institute plans fall class previews

July 27. 2014 7:28PM

 Lifelong Learning Institute plans fall class previews

MANCHESTER — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, will host its annual fall class preview and social for the Manchester area at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way. For directions, go to

Previews also are planned in the other three areas where OLLI offers classes:

In Concord: Monday, Aug. 11, at 12:45 p.m. at Tad’s Place, Heritage Heights, 149 East Side Drive.

In Conway: Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. at Granite State College, 53 Technology Lane.

On the Seacoast: Thursday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave.

OLLI is a member-led organization that provides classes and social activities for people 50 and older. There are no prerequisites, tests, grades or credits. The focus is on “learning for the fun of it.”

The class previews will give OLLI members and the public a sneak peek at the classes prior to registration. Class presenters will briefly describe and highlight their individual classes. All who attend will receive a 2014 fall class catalog and also will have the opportunity to meet the OLLI staff and other members, become an OLLI member, add names to the mailing list and enjoy light refreshments.

Class registration will not take place at the previews, but membership applications will be accepted. Classes will start Sept. 22.

For more information about the preview or to add a name to the mailing list, call the OLLI office at 513-1377. More information also is available at

AARP driving program sets August class schedule

The August schedule has been set for the AARP Smart Driver course, a classroom refresher course designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

The six-hour class is held in one- or two-part sessions at a variety of locations. The class does not involve driving or tests; the focus is on learning about adjustments in driving techniques that can be made as people get older. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. Preregistration is required.

Keene: Aug. 11 and 18, 9 a.m., Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St. Call 352-5037 to register.

Laconia: Aug. 20, 9 a.m., Laconia Police Department, 126 New Salem St. Call 524-5257 to register.

Lebanon: Aug. 19, 10 a.m., Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 125 Mascoma St. Call 448-7425 to register.

Manchester: Aug. 11 and 13, 9 a.m., Community Health Services of Catholic Medical Center, 195 McGregor St., lower level Suite LL22. Call 626-2626 to register.

North Conway: Aug. 26, arrive 8:15 a.m. to sign in, class starts at 8:30 a.m., Gibson Center for Senior Services, 14 Grove St. Call 356-3231 to register. A lunch break is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be available for a $3 donation.

Portsmouth: Aug. 18-19, 9 a.m., Portsmouth Hospital, 333 Borthwick Ave. Call 332-4882 to register.

Golf event raises $2,000 for Alzheimer awareness

Wayne Grenier of Ossipee raised more than $2,000 at his fourth annual golf tournament to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. The tournament, which took place last month at Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee, welcomed 48 golfers.

Grenier lost his father to Alzheimer’s disease six years ago and was determined to raise awareness and money to fight the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As part of his fundraising effort, Grenier joined the Central New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s event as captain of team Indian Mound Golf Tournament.

“Wayne has been a dedicated supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association. We are thankful for his support and drive to raise funds, and more importantly, public awareness,” Becky Coliandris, development officer for the Alzheimer’s Association New Hampshire office, said in a news release. “The funds raised from the golf tournament and Wayne’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team help fund critical research that will end Alzheimer’s and also enable the Alzheimer’s Association to continue to provide free support and education to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families.”

For information on Alzheimer programs, support groups and community resources in New Hampshire, call 606-6590 or go to

Diabetic shoe clinic on Cashin Center schedule

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a shoe clinic on Thursday, Aug. 7, for diabetics who are on Medicare, which will pay for one pair of therapeutic shoes, plus inserts each calendar year. Those who attend the clinic can pick a shoe style and get measured for shoes. All widths will be available. Seniors should bring their Medicare and insurance information, plus their doctor’s name, address and phone number. For an appointment, call 828-6762.

ServiceLink is sponsoring a “New to Medicare Workshop” at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. A Medicare coordinator will be available to answer any questions and guide seniors through the intricate process. To reserve a place, call ServiceLink at 644-2240.

Free five-minute massages will be available at the center from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 12, by a licensed therapist. For an appointment, call 624-6536. A physical therapist also will be available to check balance upon request. The massages are sponsored by the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise.

The next monthly free hearing screening sponsored by Affordable Hearing is set for Wednesday, Aug. 13. Hearing aids also can be cleaned, minor repairs performed and questions about hearing aids answered. Appointments are recommended; call the center at 624-6533.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday, Aug. 18, to Wednesday, Aug. 27, for a special bingo planned Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The center’s activities are open to Manchester seniors 60 and older. For more information, call 624-6533.

Chapin Senior Center offers health screenings

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., will host a free blood pressure/glucose screening clinic and the Ask a Nurse program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

A Visiting Nursing Association foot care clinic will be available by appointment from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

The COA also offers health screenings in the lounge on the first floor of the Center at Eastman, including a free walk-in blood pressure/glucose screening Clinic and Ask a Nurse from 9 to 11 a.m. and a foot care clinic by appointment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

Both foot clinics cost $25, and a doctor’s order is required for diabetics. To schedule an appointment, call COA at 526-6368.

Movie & Pizza Night at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, will feature “42 — The Jackie Robinson Story.” To sign up, call 526-6368.

A new Spanish discussion group for all conversation levels meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For more information, call Paula Minaert at 873-4779. A French discussion group also is offered at 4 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. All skill levels are welcome.

The center also has several ongoing activities, including men’s and women’s discussion groups, support groups for Parkinson’s and for caregivers dealing with dementia, chair exercises, a walking program, walk-in painting sessions, games, and monthly sessions on Medicare and long-term care planning.

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