NH Senior Notes: OLLI names Broderick a New England Notable

October 22. 2017 10:34PM

John T. Broderick Jr.

MANCHESTER — OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, will recognize John T. Broderick Jr., former New Hampshire Supreme Court chief justice, as an OLLI New England Notable on Friday.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, 100 Saint Anselm Drive.

Broderick has had a personal interest in mental health issues for many years and will discuss the program Change Direction. Representatives from behavioral health, businesses, education, law enforcement, medical care along with state policy makers have joined together to launch the Campaign to Change Direction New Hampshire, part of a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America.

During his time as chief justice, Broderick appointed a Citizens Commission on the state courts so that people could examine how the courts functioned and how they could be improved. OLLI says he also created the first business courts, expanded family court, mental health court and drug court dockets across the state. After stepping down as chief justice, he became dean of the law school at the University of New Hampshire and founded the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the school. He now serves as a senior director for public affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock health systems.

Reservations are required for the event. To sign up, email JoAnn Myers at joannmeyers6@comcast.net by Thursday.

OLLI is a volunteer member-led organization providing lifelong learning opportunities and social activities for people 50 and older.

For more information, go to olli.granite.edu.

Retired educators, guests gather for fall meeting

MANCHESTER — The fall meeting of the Manchester Area Retired Educators Association on Oct. 4 drew 88 members and guests to the Executive Court Banquet Facility.

The guest speaker was Meredith Dushane of Go Ahead Tour Company, based in Cambridge, Mass.

MAREA President Barbara DiVenuti opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and member Linda Hamel gave the invocation. A minute of silence was observed in honor of deceased members.

The next meeting will be a Christmas luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Derryfield Country Club.

MAREA is open to anyone in the Manchester area who has had some experience with education. Anyone interested may call DiVenuti at 622-5924 for more information.

Littleton center planning Thanksgiving activities

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is hosting a sale of fresh pies the week of Nov. 19, just in time for Thanksgiving. Anyone who would like to bake pies is asked to call the center at 444-6050 or stop by to sign up.

Tickets are going on sale this week for a scratch ticket board, which for $5 offers a chance to win thousands. The drawing will take place during the center’s annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will begin at noon Thursday, Nov 16. Students in Littleton High School’s Honor Society will serve the meal. There will not be a food raffle that day, but the center will draw the winner of Thanksgiving goodies and a Thanksgiving turkey.

North Country Home Health will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 9.

Chapin Center talk about elders and climate change

NEW LONDON — Grady McGonagill, leader of the Massachusetts Chapter of Elders Climate Action, will give a presentation on “Climate Change: How Elders Can Make a Difference” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St.

Elders Climate Action says it is dedicated to mobilizing elders to address climate change. To attend, call the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368 to register.

The Visiting Nurse Association’s monthly foot care clinic at the center is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. The fee is $25, and a doctor’s order is required for diabetics. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368.

A walk-in blood pressure clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6.

Laura Thompson offers individual computer classes each month for people looking for help with basic computer and iPad skills. Seniors can sign up for half-hour appointments, which are available between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, by calling 526-6368.

Nick Ourusoff also offers one-on-one computer tutoring for people who are beginning computer users to knowledgeable users who need collaboration or advice on tasks ranging from creating spreadsheets to designing web pages. Half-hour appointments can be made between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 9; and between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Nov. 21. To check on the availability of appointments, call the COA at 526-6368. Those who sign up should bring their laptop, tablet or Android device with them.

The center’s Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. New members are welcome. No reservations are needed; this is a walk-in program.

Free 20-minute chair massages will be available between 1 and 3:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 Appointments are required; to sign up call 526-6368.

The Morning Book Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, to discuss “Jane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye. This is a walk-in program.

Langdon Place seeks crafters for Craft Crawl

DOVER — Four local senior communities — Langdon Place of Dover, St. Anne Rehabilitation & Nursing Home, Dover Center for Health & Rehabilitation and Maple Suites retirement community — will host a Holiday Craft Crawl from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

More than a dozen crafters are expected to sell merchandise at Langdon Place, 60 Middle Road. More holiday crafters are invited to join. Tables are $15. All the money will benefit the resident enrichment programs at Langdon Place, a Genesis senior living community.

Each of the four communities also will offer prizes and gifts for those who stop at all four communities. Raffles also will be available at each site.

To display crafts at Langdon Place, call 743-4110 ext. 224 as soon as possible to reserve a booth and to request an application.

The Craft Crawl is free and open to the public.

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