NH Senior News: AARP’s Andrus Award goes to Eastman man

November 12. 2017 9:16PM
John Larrabee, who received AARP’s Andrus Award for Community Service, is seen with kids in the Eastman Youth Conservation Corps, which he oversees. (Fredrick Orkin)

MANCHESTER — AARP New Hampshire honored about 75 volunteers during a luncheon Thursday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The most prestigious volunteer award, the Andrus Award for Community Service, was presented to John Larrabee, a leader in his community of Eastman.

The Andrus Award, named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizes “outstanding volunteers who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and strategic direction.”

“We are thrilled to bestow upon John Larrabee the most celebrated volunteer award given by AARP,” said AARP New Hampshire President Marc Boyd. “John has spent an incredible amount of time and energy making his community a better place to live and is very deserving of this award.”

After retiring from a career spent in education and administration, Larrabee and his wife moved from Vermont to Eastman. He was quickly recruited into the Lakes and Streams Committee. When one of the challenges was storm water runoff, Larrabee was at the helm of an intergenerational approach. And here was born the Youth Conservation Corps or YCC.

YCC was originally a classroom-based program, but Larrabee had other ideas. Kids ages 12 to 18 now spend six weeks every summer doing hands-on work: lake assessments to check on erosion, runoff and clear-cutting. To solve these real-life problems, the YCC has built dry wells, drip-line infiltration trenches, rain gardens and water bars. AARP says the young people took real ownership, developing plans, crafting a mission statement and creating their own T-shirts.

Now in its fifth year, YCC has blossomed, contributing to Eastman being named the MetLife Foundation/ Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Community of 2016.

Others honored at the volunteer recognition luncheon were:

• Andrus Award finalists: Dick Chevrefils, Concord; Marty and Yvonne Devine, Raymond; Ken Gould, Kingston; and Lillian Walston, Concord

• Advocacy Volunteer of the Year: Guy Chapdelaine, Bedford

• Driver Safety Volunteer of the Year: Robert Bloomfield, Amherst

• Tax-Aide Volunteer of the Year: Pauline Gagne, Nashua

• Retired Educator of the Year: Candy Bailey, Rochester

• Community Partner of the Year: Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission

Concord VNA schedules Aging Mastery Program

HOOKSETT — Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a 10-week Aging Mastery Program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Dec. 6, at Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way.

The program from the National Council on Aging is designed to engage older adults in a fun and innovative way that empowers them to embrace their longevity and address their physical, financial and emotional wellness.

The topics for the 10 core classes are:

• Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery

• Exercise and You

• Sleep

• Healthy Eating and Hydration

• Financial Fitness

• Advance Planning

• Healthy Relationships

• Medication Management

• Community Engagement

• Falls Prevention

The program is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620 ext. 5815 or visit www.crvna.org.

AARP seeks activists for Capital City Task Force

CONCORD — AARP New Hampshire is recruiting volunteer activists from across the state to become members of its Capital City Task Force (CCTF) and work on a variety of legislative issues including health care, livable communities, caregiving, choices in long-term care and financial security.

“The Capital City Task Force is a group of dedicated volunteers interested in aging issues,” said Doug McNutt, AARP New Hampshire director of advocacy. “During the legislative session in Concord, CCTF members meet once a month to monitor legislation. They also attend hearings, talk with elected officials, craft letters to the editor or testify at legislative hearings.”

Granite Staters interested in finding out more can attend one of three upcoming informational sessions. Registration is required.

The sessions are scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Wednesday: Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover

Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/DoverCCTF

• Tuesday, Nov. 28: AARP New Hampshire, 45 S. Main St., Concord

Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/ConcordCCTF

• Wednesday, Nov. 29: New Hampshire Institute of Politics; 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester

Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/ManchesterCCTF

To find out more about AARP activities, visit aarp.org/nh, facebook.com/aarpnh or twitter.com/aarpnh.

Palace Theatre offers AARP deal on 2 Christmas classics

MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is offering AARP members and their guests a $10 discount on adult tickets to both “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol.”

“The Nutcracker” will be at the 80 Hanover St. theater Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24 to 26, with morning, afternoon and evening performances.

Set in 19th century Germany, this classic ballet opens at a Christmas party where the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey.

The Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater will be accompanied by a live orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams.

“A Christmas Carol” — the Charles Dickens’ story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmases past — will be at the theater Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, with performances at both 2 and 7:30 p.m. The performances will feature professional actors, including Charles Shaughnessy as Scrooge, song, dance and a live orchestra.

AARP members and their guests can buy tickets at www.palacetheatretickets.org, by phone at 668-5588 or at the box office. To receive the discount, use the code ACTIVE.

AARP New Hampshire will host a pre-show reception with cupcakes and beverages from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. People are welcome to stop by and meet AARP staff and volunteers and find out more about what AARP is doing in your community.

Medicare enrollment talk planned at Cashin Center

MANCHESTER — Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield will give a seminar on Medicare annual enrollment at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

Anthem representatives will discuss their MediBlue HMO plans, which the company says provide comprehensive benefits and can help seniors save money in 2018, and their PPO plans, which offer flexibility to access out-of-network doctors and facilities.

Open enrollment began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

Medicare and supplement questions will be answered after the seminar, and refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, sign up at the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

Nurses from Home Health and Hospice will be at the center for a foot clinic at 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 19. To schedule an appointment, call 882-2941.

Seniors at Chapin Center search for meaning

NEW LONDON — At the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., members of the Search for Meaning: A Discussion Group explore such questions as: Who are we? Why are we? How are we to live? Where are we going?

The group meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. To be part of the discussion, sign up with the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

The Humanist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. No reservations are required; this is a walk-in program.

A meditation class is on the schedule at 10 a.m. Saturday. The group will sit in chairs and do some silent/guided meditation sessions along with contemplations. No prior meditation experience is necessary. For more information or to register, call the COA at 526-6368.

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