Senior News: Lifelong Learning Institute opens fall class registration today

August 24. 2014 8:21PM

MANCHESTER - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, or OLLI, says its fall course catalog is available to anyone older than 50 who is interested in learning for the fun of it.

The catalog describes the more than 144 available courses and their locations and gives information about registration and OLLI membership. An online catalog also can be found at range from 'Acupuncture Demystified' and 'Adventures in Chinese Cuisine' to 'Films: Foreign Classics' and 'Reflections on New Hampshire Politics.' The classes do not involve any tests, grades or prerequisites.
Online and mail-in registration opens today; phone and walk-in registration opens Tuesday, Sept. 2. Classes start Monday, Sept. 22.

To learn more about OLLI and the courses being offered or to request a catalog by mail, email or call 513-1377.OLLI, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Granite State College, is a member-led organization that provides learning opportunities and social activities for people 50 and older. Classes are held in Greater Manchester, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast. For more information, go to
Free health tests offered in Manchester, Nashua

The Way to Well Health Tour, which travels the country delivering free health tests, education and consultations to adults 18 and older, is coming to Manchester and Nashua.A collaboration among Walgreens, AARP and National Urban League, the tour features free preventive and early detection health services that provide a baseline status of overall health.

The health tour will be at three Walgreens locations:• Manchester: Wednesday, Sept. 3, noon to 6 p.m., 227 S. Main St.

Manchester: Thursday, Sept. 4, noon to 6 p.m., 606 Valley St.

Nashua: Friday, Sept. 5, noon to 6 p.m., 283 Main St.

The free tests, valued at more than $100, include total cholesterol levels, glucose levels, blood pressure and a comprehensive weight assessment test. The tour's certified wellness staff also will assess potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes based on personal health information.The testing process will take about 20 minutes. Results will be ready immediately and will be explained during an on-site consultation with a Walgreens' pharmacist or one of the wellness staff. No insurance is necessary, and insurance will not be billed.
The tour also will provide resources and incentives to give people support and motivation to make healthy choices every day.

For more information, go to or

Maple Suites donates supplies to Dover schoolsDOVER - Maple Suites senior living community and Profile Bank completed a monthlong school-supply drive to raise awareness and collect school supplies for Dover elementary school children in need.

During a presentation, a truckload of school supplies was given to the principals at Horne Street School, Woodman Park Elementary School and Garrison School.
The drive, which was spearheaded by Maple Suites enrichment coordinator Monique Foote and Profile Bank representative Cheri Ruonala, involved the residents of Maple Suites and customers of Profile Bank. Ruonala’s mother, Alice Royle, is a resident at Maple Suites.

Bedford Seniors group to resume meetings

BEDFORD — The Bedford Seniors will resume its monthly meetings at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

The group plans a year of entertainment, trips, potluck and catered luncheons and a followup to its “Hollywood Rejects 2: Talented People Need Not Apply” show.

The $10 annual dues will be collected this month, along with the $15 fee for a catered luncheon planned in October. The lunch will include a fruit cup, salad, stuffed chicken breast and pot roast with vegetables, dessert, tea and coffee.

At the monthly meetings, the members bring donations for the Salvation Army. The requested items for September are peanut butter and jelly.

Trips already on the schedule:

• Oct. 7: Cranberry harvest in Plymouth, Mass. The $79 fee includes a tour of the bogs and the process of bringing the cranberries to the table, lunch at Isaac’s Restaurant on the Plymouth waterfront and transportation.

• Oct. 21: “Fabulous ’50’s Lunch” at the Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy. Former Platters singer Tony Funches will perform. The $79 fee includes entertainment, lunch and transportation.

• Oct. 22: “My Sinatra” concert with Cary Hoffman at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The $79 fee includes the performance, a luncheon buffet, $10 slot play and transportation.

The group welcomes newcomers, and it’s not necessary to be a Bedford resident to join.

AARP driving class offered at several sites

The September 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.

• Atkinson: Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, 9 a.m., Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St.; to register call 362-5531.


• Belmont: Sept. 23, 9 a.m., one session, Northway Bank Belmont branch, 9 Old State Road; to register, call 528-1800.

• Contoocook: Sept. 12, noon, and Sept. 15, 11:45 a.m., Slusser Senior Center, 41 Houston Drive; to register, call 746-3800.

• Dover: Sept. 23, 10 a.m., one session, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave.; to register, call 742-6075.

• Nashua: Sept. 22 and 24, 9 a.m., Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, 8 Prospect St.; to register, call 577-2002.

• North Haverhill: Sept. 18, 9 a.m., one session, Horse Meadow Senior Center, 91 Horse Meadow Road; to register, call 787-2539.

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