NH Senior Notes: Seminar to look at what happens to your digital data after you die

October 08. 2017 10:48PM
Kathy Ivey, third from right, a volunteer with Friends of the Library of Windham, also known as FLOW, holds the Windham Terrace Senior Service Award she received during a ceremony Sept. 29. Joining her are, from left, Deb Mullin, Windham Terrace admissions coordinator and marketing assistant; Jennifer Fricchione, president of FLOW; Lynda Brislin, Windham Terrace executive director; and Katherine Bierg and Holly Hollingshead of FLOW. (COURTESY)

As people spend more and more of their lives online and in “the cloud” that leads to the question: What happens to all that digital information when you die?

Phaneuf Funeral Homes is hosting a free seminar, “Manage Your Online Accounts Before It’s Too Late,” at two locations on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Stephanie McLaughlin, principal of Savoir Faire Marketing/Communications in Manchester, will discuss what you need to know to manage your digital assets, as well as those of loved ones, both in life and after death. Her presentation will cover:

• Planning ahead to manage your digital assets before you or a loved one dies;

• Account access options available to friends or family members of a person who has died;

• Account inactivation options available upon death;

• Limitations and challenges when permissions aren’t preset;

• Suggestions for simplifying how you manage your digital assets;

• Documents required for account cancellation permissions.

Funeral director Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf also will discuss how to plan for other common end-of-life issues.

The seminar will be offered at 2 p.m. at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 172 King St., Boscawen, and at 6 p.m. at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester.

Preregistration is required and space is limited. To attend, call 625-5779 or register at www.phaneuf.net.

Bedford Parks and Rec offers movies at library

BEDFORD — Bedford Parks and Recreation sponsors an Adult & Senior Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of most months at the Bedford Public Library.

The movie Oct. 15 will be “The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack. The movie focuses on the experiences of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) as he serves eight Presidents during his tenure as a White House butler.

No movie is planned in November, but Dec. 17 will feature “Elf,” a 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Bob Newhart.

Movies are free and include popcorn and drinks. Registration is not necessary but helpful if the movie is canceled due to weather. To sign up, go to www.BedfordRecOnline.com.

Snack, Sample and Service event to recruit volunteers

MANCHESTER — AARP New Hampshire will offer “Snack, Sample and Serve: A Taste of AARP Volunteer Opportunities” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road.

Those who attend will find a series of stations representing different volunteer opportunities, staffed by volunteers who can share their experiences. The stations include: Livable Communities, Advocacy, Fraud, Special Events, Tax-Aide, Driver Safety, and New Hampshire Senior Leadership.

Set up a bit like speed dating, the event has people visit a station until a gong sounds, signalling it’s time to move to the next station.

Registration is required at aarp.cvent.com/SSSManch2017.

ServiceLink seminar on Medicare enrollment

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, will host a Medicare enrollment seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. The public is invited to attend, but must RSVP in advance.

During Medicare open enrollment, which begins Oct. 15 and runs until Dec. 7, seniors must choose which Medicare programs will cover them for 2018.

Greg Froton, Medicare benefits specialist at ServiceLink in Strafford County, will conduct the seminar, which will include an overview of the various types of Medicare plans available and what each plan covers, a discussion about Medicare Part D, and what Medicare plans are most important for every senior to have.

ServiceLink, a program of the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, is designated as New Hampshire’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and the NHCarePath Full Service Access Partner, which provides services for people of all ages, income levels and abilities. It administers programs and services such as Information Referral and Assistance, Options Counseling, the N.H. Family Caregiver Program, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and Senior Medicare Patrol.

Space for the seminar is limited. To save a spot, call 743-4110 ext. 224.

Langdon Place of Dover, a Genesis Senior Living Community, offers residential, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services.

Students to take free BP screenings at Cashin center

MANCHESTER — Nurse practitioner students from Rivier University will be at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, to offer free blood pressure screenings and to take quality of life surveys, which will help the students learn about emotional experiences of older adults.

The center will host a movie matinee at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. The movie will be announced this week. The cost is $5 and includes hotdogs, popcorn, candy and soda. To reserve a seat, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533 a week ahead.

Qi Gong, a form of exercise that uses gentle movements, is the center’s newest wellness program. It started about two weeks ago and continues at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $5 per class.

Other fitness activities include chair yoga at 11 a.m. Thursdays and tai chi at noon Fridays, both costing $5 per class, and a walking group that walks at the track across from the senior center or along the Manchester Rail Trail at 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

Windham Terrace presents Senior Service Award

WINDHAM — Windham Terrace Assisted Living has presented its annual Senior Service Award to Kathy Ivey, who for the past 22 years has worked with the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) to benefit Nesmith Library and expand literacy within the community.

Windham Terrace says the award, which acknowledges the important work seniors do to give back to their community, is given to a senior volunteer who dedicates his or her time to benefit others.

During a ceremony Sept. 29, Windham Terrace also recognized FLOW for the organization’s commitment to ensuring the availability of books, programming and other educational materials at Nesmith Library. FLOW and Ivey were each given a $500 gift.

“I was incredibly surprised and humbled when I learned about this award,” Ivey said. “I would never have imagined being recognized in such a way, and I’m grateful to receive this honor. FLOW emphasizes the importance of literacy for people of all ages, and that mission is right in line with my personal values. Sharing my time with FLOW has been nothing but a joy in my life and has provided friendships and memories that will last forever. I intend to continue volunteering with FLOW for many years to come.”

Ivey started volunteering with FLOW in 1995, before Nesmith Library was built in 1997. She has served in various capacities including staff volunteer and book fair chairman. Even though she moved from Windham in 2002, she’s still committed to the organization. Today, she works primarily on FLOW’s two annual book fair fundraisers.

For more information about Windham Terrace, go to www.terracecommunities.com.

Audubon has AARP price for Enchanted Fall Festival

CONCORD — The McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, is offering special $6.50 ticket prices to AARP members and their guests for its annual Enchanted Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

Festivities will take place between 5 and 8:45 p.m. both days.

The festival features an hourlong tour of the Enchanted Trail, where creatures and characters will present skits about mysterious activities in nature. There also will be stories around a campfire and indoor activities including live animals, face painting, seasonal games, crafts and raffles.

AARP New Hampshire will be at the center the second day with a cookie-decorating activity.

Registration is required; call 224-9909 or go to www.nhaudubon.org.

Plymouth center to host swing dance lessons

PLYMOUTH — A four-week Beginner Swing Dance class is planned at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., on Tuesdays, starting this week. A donation is requested. To sign up, see activity coordinator Robin Koczur.

A tea party is on the schedule at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Conference Room. To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk.

The center is offering a Mini Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 25, that will include blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and neuropathy checks.

For more information about the center’s activities, call 536-1204.

Students make weekly visits to Littleton center

LITTLETON — Students from Littleton High School are visiting the Littleton Area Senior Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays to play games or just hang out with the seniors. The center encourages seniors to join in.

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

People of all ages can sign up for fuel assistance on Fridays, Oct. 13 and 27, at the center, 77 Riverglen Lane. To make an appointment, call Heidi of the Tri-County Community Action Program at 968-3560.

The center will host a ukulele show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. This is a free event with light refreshments. A sneak preview of the performance is planned Wednesday, Oct. 18, during lunchtime at the center.

For more about the center and its activities, call 444-0867.

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