NH Senior News: Learning Institute to host membership event

October 15. 2017 9:10PM

MANCHESTER —The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, is hosting a membership event — “A Mystery: So You Think You Know OLLI?” — on Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 335 Smyth Road.

Registration will start at 1 p.m., and the program is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Members from the four locations OLLI offers classes — Greater Manchester, Concord, Conway and the Seacoast — and their guests are invited to an afternoon of fun, food and games.

The goal is to give people a chance to learn about OLLI, which is a member-led organization that provides learning opportunities and social activities for people 50 and older. The event will include information about the organization, its committees, vounteering and the group’s basic goals.

RSVPs are requested. To sign up, email Merle Luber Friedenberg at brestlitovsk@comcast.net. To learn more about OLLI, go to http://olli.granite.edu.

Salvation Army sets date for Thanksgiving luncheon

MANCHESTER — Manchester and Bedford residents 65 and older are invited to the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St.

The luncheon is free, but reservations are required. To attend, call 627-7013 by Thursday, Nov. 9.

Catholic Charities’ series on health, financial planning

MANCHESTER — Catholic Charities NH Healthcare Services offers seniors a free series of health care and financial planning programs at Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 235 Myrtle St.

All sessions start at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch. The public is welcome. To sign up, call 627-3811.

Programs coming up:

Oct. 18: Medicare: Learn what Medicare covers, how to access it, products available and how to choose the best one for you.

Oct. 25: Estate Planning: Attorney Melissa Zani of sklawyers, pllc will explain estate planning and the importance of having legal documents in order to protect family and loved ones.

Nov. 1: Reverse Mortgage and Getting Ready to Downsize your Home: Learn more about reverse mortgages and tips and strategies to make downsizing a smooth process.

Nov. 8: Prepaid Funerals: Michele Phaneuf Plasz of Phaneuf Funeral Homes will discuss funeral and cremation options. Mary Roberge, Mount Carmel business office assistant, will discuss Medicaid as it relates to long-term care, review the application process and dispel common misconceptions.

Nov. 15: Long Term Care Insurance: Michael Tivnan of Wells Fargo will describe these financial products, how they have changed over time and their role in health care planning.

Families First receives senior health care grant

PORTSMOUTH — Families First Health & Support Center, a community health center, recently received a $5,000 grant from Long Term Care Partners that will help subsidize care for more than 400 seniors.

The services for seniors include primary care, dental care, social work services, counseling, disease management and prescription assistance.

Long Term Care Partners is a third-party administrator of public-sector insurance and benefits programs.

“As the administrator of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, we understand the demands that planning and providing care for seniors can place on families and on the community as a whole,” said LTC Partners CEO Paul Forte. “It makes sense to support an organization like Families First whose mission aligns with our own.”

For more information about Families First, call 422-8208 or go to www.FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.

AARP workshops to focus on your financial future

CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire’s has scheduled a workshop series next month — Take Charge of Your Financial Future — to help people sharpen their financial skills.

The sessions will be on Wednesdays, Nov. 1 to 15, at the New Hampshire McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm 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 is required. People may sign up for one, two or all three sessions, which AARP emphasizes are educational and do not involve a sales pitch.

• Nov. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Social Security Claiming Strategies: A certified financial planner will discuss what you need to know to maximize your monthly benefit in retirement. To register, go to aarp.cvent.com/ConcordFin1.

• Nov. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Protecting and Growing Your Investments: A certified financial planner will discuss how to invest in a combination of bonds, stocks and mutual funds and also explore additional income streams in retirement that can bolster monthly income. To register, go to aarp.cvent.com/ConcordFin2.

• Nov. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Top Frauds and Scams: A trained AARP volunteer fraud fighter will give a presentation looking at how identity theft, investment fraud and other scams rob millions of Americans of their money. The discussion will cover the fraud that’s out there, behavior that puts people at risk and strategies that keep people from becoming a victim. To register, go to aarp.cvent.com/ConcordFin3.

Cashin Senior Center plans Halloween party Oct. 26

MANCHESTER — A Halloween party Thursday, Oct. 26, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center will feature a costume contest, music and light refreshments. The party, which is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will begin at 1 p.m. To reserve a seat, sign up at the front desk or call the center, located at 151 Douglas St., at 624-6533.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also will present a seminar on Medicare annual enrollment at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Enrollment opened Sunday and continues through Dec. 7. The seminar will look at the cost-savings and benefits of Anthem’s MediBlue plans. Questions about Medicare and supplement plans will be answered after the seminar, and refreshments will be served. To attend, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

Seniors can stop by the front desk to vote for their choice of film for the movie matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The matinee costs $5 and includes hotdogs, popcorn, candy and soda. To attend the matinee, sign up at least a week ahead.

The monthly shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. Appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Leanne at 828-6762.

Plymouth center starting pool and bowling clubs

PLYMOUTH — A pool club will get underway after lunch Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Plymouth Regional Senior Center’s upstairs Degroat’s Pool Hall. A bowling club will start meeting after lunch Thursday, Oct. 26, and carpool to Funspot. The cost is $11 for three strings; shoes are free.

For more information about either club, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

ServiceLink staff are available to help with Medicare Part D open enrollment. ServiceLink says seniors should get their Medicare prescription drug plan reviewed as plans can change premiums, drugs that are covered and the deductible. For more information, call Danielle at ServiceLink at 444-4498.

The center, located at 8 Depot St., will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Seniors are encouraged to wear their best costume, which they can show off during a costume parade. Treats and music also are planned.

A shopping trip to South Portland, Maine, with stops at the Christmas Tree Shop and Maine Mall, is being planned. The cost for the bus trip is $25; food is on your own. For more information, including the date, see activity coordinator Robin Koczur.

Ongoing activities at the center include, the RSVP Bone Builders program, tai chi, dao yi, gentle yoga, wood-carving classes, country line dancing and quilting classes. Anyone interested in the book group, which meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, must sign up a month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.

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

Littleton center involved in town’s Harvest Festival

LITTLETON — The Littleton Area Senior Center will join the Chamber of Commerce and the community in celebrating the Harvest Festival, which will take place from Friday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29.

The senior center, located at 77 Riverglen Lane, will sell food and beverages from 5 to 8 p.m. that Saturday while the crowds participate in the festivities, which include viewing hundreds of pumpkins illuminating the Ammonoosuc River, a “Zombie Walk” and a bonfire built by the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the center will host a breakfast buffet from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome, Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for kids; and free for children younger than 5.

The center also will celebrate the scary season with a Halloween “boo-ffet” for seniors during lunch Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The book club at the center also will meet Oct. 31, at 12:30 p.m.

The center hopes to host its first craft and hobby fair on Saturday, Nov. 4, but more vendors, hobbyists and crafters are needed to make this event happen. For more information or to participate, call the center at 444-6050.

Ongoing activities at the center include a Dementia & Alzheimer’s Support Group, foot clinics, a monthly birthday dinner, hand reflexology, reiki, yoga, the Bone Builders exercise program, a walking group, line dancing, the Littleton Needleworkers, art classes, a knitters group, game days and bingo. Crafts classes will resume in November. The center also has a computer lab and exercise center.

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