NH Senior News: Workshops focus on planning financial future

September 04. 2017 9:10PM
Class of 1947 reunites: Eight alumni of Pembroke Academy’s Class of 1947 recently attended a 70-year reunion at the Grappone Center in Concord. Standing from left are Arnold Lewis, Norma Wells Keeler and Philip Yeaton; and sitting are Blanche Lefebvre Proulx, Marilyn Good Ross, Anne Farnum Huckins, Janet Sanderson Pitman Anderson and Patricia Hook Dawson. (COURTESY)

PORTSMOUTH — AARP is offering a series of workshops this month to help people sharpen their financial skills.

The “Take Charge of Your Financial Future” workshops will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, at the Grill 28 Restaurant at Pease Golf Course, 200 Grafton Road.

The series is free, and snacks and beverages will be provided. It’s not necessary to be an AARP member to participate, but preregistration for each workshop is required.

“Whether you are still working, retired or preparing for that encore career, AARP’s ‘Take Charge of Your Financial Future’ series will offer you real advice on when to claim Social Security, how to protect and grow your investments, and how to stay safe from frauds and scams,” said Sarah Kelsea of AARP New Hampshire.

Sept. 14: “Cyber Safety”

Every day, Americans lose money and control of their personal information to scams and fraud, and criminals are getting more sophisticated with their tactics. A trained AARP volunteer fraud fighter will discuss the practices that make people vulnerable to online scams and what to do to stay safe.

To register: aarp.cvent.com/PortsmouthFin3

Sept. 21: “Protecting and Growing Your Investments”

A certified financial planner will discuss the basics of protecting and growing investments using a combination of bonds, stocks and mutual funds. The session also will explore additional income streams in retirement that can bolster monthly income. AARP says this is an educational session, not a sales pitch.

To register: aarp.cvent.com/PortsmouthFin2

Sept. 28: “Social Security Claiming Strategies”

Deciding when to claim Social Security can have a big impact on a retiree’s monthly benefit. A certified financial planner will share what seniors need to know to maximize their benefit. AARP says this also is an educational session, not a sales pitch.

To register: aarp.cvent.com/PortsmouthFin1

AARP plans job search workshops in Portsmouth, Nashua next week

AARP New Hampshire is bringing its “Job Search in the Digital Age” workshop to Portsmouth and Nashua.

The free workshop is designed to help people discover the best websites and apps to connect to job resources and learn important tips for how to network online and get noticed by hiring managers.

In Portsmouth, the workshop is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Best Western Plus Portsmouth Hotel and Suites, 580 Route 1 Bypass.

In Nashua, the workshop will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Crowne Plaza Nashua, 2 Somerset Parkway.

Space is limited and registration is required. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/jobsgtma or call (866) 740 7588. The workshop requires a proficiency in using a tablet; Apple iPad Tablets will be provided for practice in the workshops.

Memory Lane Cafe’s first gathering at new location set for Sept. 27

MANCHESTER — The Memory Lane Cafe previously held at Bedford Hills Center is relocating this month to Easterseals NH, 555 Auburn St., Manchester.

These special cafes for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, along with their families, are offered at a variety of sites in New Hampshire. The free cafes vary, but each offers families a blend of social time and support in safe and relaxed environments.

The Memory Lane Cafe at Easterseals will be offered the fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The next cafe is Sept. 27. Reservations are suggested, but drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or more information, call Shirley Gordon at 621-3569 or email sagordon@eastersealsnh.org.

Another Alzheimer’s cafe is coming up this week — the Memory Cafe at Summerhill Assisted Living and Memory Care, 183 Old Dublin Road, Peterborough. This cafe is offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the community’s pub as well as the first Thursday in other months. To RSVP, call 924-6238.

Annual golf tournament to benefit William Cashin Senior Activity Center

MANCHESTER — The Friends of the Cashin Senior Activity Center will host its 15th annual golf tournament in memory of David L. Nixon to benefit the senior center on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Derryfield Country Club. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee for a foursome is $400, which includes greens fees, golf balls, a cart, prizes and a luncheon. For more information, call the center at 624-6533.

The center, 151 Douglas St., will host movie matinees at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. The matinee this month will feature “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson. This matinee will include breakfast snacks, juice and popcorn. For the October matinee, seniors can vote for their choice of movie at the front desk. The choices will be announced two weeks before the showing. The afternoon movie will include hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soda. The cost for each matinee is $5. To reserve a seat, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533 at least a week ahead.

A shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. To schedule an appointment for a fitting, call Leanne at 828-6762.

Ceramics is planned in the craft room Mondays, Sept. 11 and 25, and Oct. 23. Carmella will provide all supplies along with instruction. The fee is $4 plus the cost of the ceramic piece chosen. To sign up, call 624-6533.

AARP Smart Driver class offered at hospitals, senior centers this month

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

Colebrook: Sept. 22, 8:45 a.m., Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, 181 Corliss Lane. To register, call Patricia Vargas, 388-4292. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Keene: Sept. 25-26, 9 a.m., Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St. To register, call 352-5037.

Manchester: Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services, 195 McGregor St. lower level, Suite LL 22. Bring lunch or use the CMC cafe. To register, call 626-2626.

Nashua: Sept. 11-12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nashua Senior Center. To register, call the center, 889-6155.

North Conway: Sept. 25, 9 a.m., Gibson Center for Senior Services, 14 Grove St. To register, call 356-3231. Lunch will be provided.

Littleton senior center’s schedule includes new writing group, flu clinic

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is offering a new writing group, which will meet at 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 8, 15 and 29. For more information, call the center at 444-6050.

A free Rite Aid flu-shot clinic is on the calendar at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Tri-County Community Action Program and Heidi Wells will be at the center Fridays, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22, to help with fuel assistance applications. For an appointment, call 968-3560.

Line dancing with Billye is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Once a month, Littleton Public Library staff will join seniors at the center for “Bingo for Books.” The next session will begin at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The center’s book club will discuss “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” a novel by Neil Gaiman, when it meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Chapin Senior Center’s monthly book group to meet Sept. 12

NEW LONDON — The Morning Book Group at Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., gathers monthly for book discussions. The group will focus on “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman at its next meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. This is a walk-in program, so no reservations are needed.

The center’s Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday. This also is a walk-in program.

The Visiting Nurse Association is offering a foot care clinic from 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 Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368.

Wayne Blanchard of ServiceLink will discuss long-term care planning and options at 10:30 p.m. Friday. To sign up, call the COA at 526-6368.

For people looking for help with basic computer and iPad skills, Laura Thompson offers monthly computer classes at the center. The next session is Saturday, with half-hour appointments planned from 9 to 11 a.m. To check on the availability of appointments, call the COA.

Send Seniors News to family@unionleader.com or to Union Leader, P.O. Box 9555, Manchester, NH 03108-9555. Attn: Barbara Anderson.

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