NH Senior Notes: ‘Navigating the Next Chapter’ topic of free panel discussion

January 08. 2017 8:14PM
Alice Bennett, a resident of Villa Crest Nursing & Retirement Center in Manchester, holds the balloons she received during her 100th birthday celebration Jan 3. Friends and family joined Villa Crest residents in helping her mark the milestone. Alice, who enjoys knitting, crocheting and making puzzles, says she is 100 years young. She was born and raised in Manchester, attended St. Marie High School and worked as as a shoe stitcher for 26 years at Malloy Shoe Co. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — A free panel discussion — “Navigating the Next Chapter: Charting a Course for the Future” — is planned at 5:30 Tuesday, Jan. 24, at The Falls Event Center, 21 Front St.

Many seniors and their families postpone making difficult decisions and discussing wishes for the future.

To help, a panel of experts will discuss: how to reduce conflict related to estate planning; why advanced directives and living wills are important; how to have a conversation about end of life with loved ones; how to assure you get the medical care you want; how to easily organize your wishes and personal information; and the advantages of a continuing care retirement community.

The event will begin with refreshments and mingling from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by the panel discussion and a question-and-answer session from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. To attend, register by Thursday, Jan 19, at goo.gl/CRzSR1 or click on the link at McLane.com. The panelists are:

• Attorney Andrea L. Daly, a director at McLane Middleton in Portsmouth who specializes in probate and fiduciary litigation matters.

• Nancy Euchner, R.N., founder and care manager at AgeQuest, which provides consulting services to families and caregivers related to issues of aging and care.

• Sarah MacDuffie, D.O., Appledore Medical Group, medical director of Palliative Care at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and also medical director of The Edgewood Centre, a short-term and residential care facility in Portsmouth.

• Karen McCloskey, a certified financial planner, certified private wealth adviser, and principal and chief financial officer at CMH Wealth Management.

• Barbara Bates Sedoric, a former estates and trusts paralegal and now president and founder of LastingMatters and author of “The LastingMatters Organizer,” a tool to help people document and organize wishes related to end-of-life planning.

• Cathleen Toomey, vice president of marketing at RiverWoods, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter.

• Attorney Robert A. Wells, a director at McLane Middleton in Manchester and former chairman of the firm’s trusts and estates department.

12-week programs start this month in Manchester

MANCHESTER — William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., says occupational therapy students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University will host three 12-week programs starting this month.

The programs are designed to promote mental and physical wellness through health education, enhance memory and performance and foster social interaction and emotional support.

• “Mind and Body” will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 25.

• “Social Butterflies,” 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 26.

• “Hooked on Books,” 9 a.m. Fridays, starting Jan. 27.

For more information or to sign up, call the center at 624-6533.

Seniors also should call the center if interested in three other programs coming up, all of which require registration as seating is limited.

• “Aquatics and Healthy Aging,” sponsored by the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. CPTE says a good therapeutic exercise routine has many benefits to an aging body, including improved core strength and balance and stability. Water’s buoyancy also helps with mobility and creates a safer exercise environment.

• “Keeping Your Medication List Up to Date,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, will explain the benefits of maintaining a list and provide tips on how to do it. This is sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern N.H.

• “Managing Chronic Pain,” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, is sponsored by HealthSouth.

The center also offers monthly clinics, including a shoe clinic at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of the month for diabetics who on are Medicare. Medicare Part B covers the cost of a pair of custom-molded or extra-depth shoes plus inserts each year. Appointments are required; call Leanne at 828-6762 to schedule a fitting. Free balance assessments by a physical therapist will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10 and Feb. 14. Call the center to schedule an appointment. Free hearing screenings, along with hearing aid cleanings and minor repairs, are available at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Mondays, Jan. 23, Feb. 8 and 27. Appointments are recommended for the screenings, which are sponsored by Affordable Hearing.

Seminar planned on stroke treatment and prevention

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, will host a free seminar on how to prevent and treat strokes at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. The seminar is open to the public.

Lynn Marie Chabot, R.N., the Stroke and Trauma Program manager at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital who recently earned a master’s degree in nursing leadership from Franklin Pierce University, will present the seminar.

Chabot will focus on the symptoms of strokes; who is at risk; how to prevent them; the best treatment; medical advances in stroke care; when is surgery necessary; what a stroke patient can expect for rehabilitation; and what Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, which is certified as a Primary Stroke Center, offers for acute stroke care in the Seacoast.

The seminar also will include information on the hospital’s Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the seminar, call Langdon Place of Dover at 743-4110 ext. 224. Langdon Place, a Genesis HealthCare Community, provides residential, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services.

Historical society program on Littleton’s Main Street

LITTLETON — Richard Alberini of the Littleton Area Historical Society will offer a nostalgic look at Littleton’s Main Street over the past 150 years during a slide presentation at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane.

Seniors will go to Shining Lights Day Care at 189 Main Street to read to children at 10 a.m. Friday. Books will be provided. Anyone interested in going should let Phyllis Gonyer know. New readers are welcome.

A foot clinic is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10 and 24. To schedule an appointment, call 444-5317.

North Country Home Health will offer free blood pressure/blood sugar screenings from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday.

The Bookworms Book Club will discuss “The Target” by Catherine Coulter when it meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The center’s writing class has been discontinued.

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

AARP Driver Safety classes scheduled for January

Two AARP Smart Driver courses have been scheduled for January. The six-hour classroom refresher is designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

Dover: Monday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m., Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave. To register, call 742-6075; leave a message with your name and number if an answering machine comes on.

Manchester: Friday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. Birch Hill Terrace, 200 Alliance Way. To register, call 626-2626. Lunch will be provided or bring your own.

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.

Retired men’s group talk on RSVP volunteering

MANCHESTER — The N.H. Retired Men’s Association will host a program about volunteer opportunities for those 55 and older through RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Jutras American Legion Post 43 at 56 Boutwell St.

The nonprofit RSVP organization is a part of Senior Corps and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service and locally is sponsored by Southern New Hampshire Services, a Community Action Program.

Heather LaTourette, who manages volunteers as RSVP program coordinator, and Tom Nelson, the Workforce and Community Services director for Southern New Hampshire Services, will give the presentation.

The association meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 1 p.m., followed by the guest speaker from 2 to 3 p.m. Meetings are free and open to all interested men.

For more information about RMA or the group’s camera club, contact Tom Arnold at tomtarnolda@tt.net or 965-3573 or go to www.nhretiredmen.org.

RMA also has a computer group, a cribbage group and an investment group. For information about the computer group, which meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Hooksett Public Library, email Bob Chase at techie7@comcast.net. For more about cribbage, which is played the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Chez Vachon restaurant, call Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or email soupie28@comcast.net. For the investment group, email George Debrockey at hawknchicken@comcast.net.

Chapin Senior Center offers monthly book group

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center of the Kearsarge Council on Aging, 37 Pleasant St., has a monthly Morning Book Group. At the next meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the group will discuss “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story” by Diane Ackerman. This is a walk-in program.

A VNA foot care clinic is set for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $25 and a doctor’s order is required for diabetics. To check on the availability of appointments, call the COA at 526-6368.

Also coming up this week are a meditation class at 10 a.m. Saturday and also on Saturday, Jan. 21; “Lunch is on the House” at the Abbott Library in Sunapee at noon Thursday; and a session on long-term care planning with Wayne Blanchard of ServiceLink. at 10:30 a.m. Friday. For more information or to sign up for any of the programs, call the COA at 526-6368.

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