NH Senior News: Manchester program on Advance Directives

December 03. 2017 9:29PM

MANCHESTER— Ninety percent of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, however, only 27 percent of people have actually done so, according to a national survey by The Conversation Project, a group dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

To encourage the conversation, the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host an informational session on Advanced Directives at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.

Making decisions about medical care is not always easy, but people have a right to plan for their care through Advanced Directives. These are legal documents in which you express your wishes about what kind of health care you would want or who you would want to make decisions for you if you’re too ill to speak for yourself.

The session is sponsored by WISE, Women in Support of Elders, a group of women involved in various aspects of senior care, including Paula Whittier, sales and marketing director at The Arbors; Judy Loubier, owner and executive director of Seniors Helping Seniors of N.H.; Deb Harpin, admission director at Bedford Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center; Francine Gagne, a licensed social worker at Elliot Hospital; and Karen Shea, an elder care attorney.

To attend, register by calling the center at 624-6533.

The Center For Physical Therapy and Exercise is offering free balance assessments by a physical therapist and free five-minute chair massages by a licensed therapist beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. To reserve a spot, stop by the front desk or call 624-6533.

Free hearing screenings are planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Monday, Dec. 18. The sponsor, Affordable Hearing, also will clean hearing aids, do minor repairs and answer questions about hearing aids. To sign up, also visit the front desk or call.

The Senior Center Community Cookbook is on sale at the center for $9. All proceeds will benefit the center.

A variety of activities are offered each week, including adult coloring classes at 10 a.m. Mondays for $1 per class; Qi Gong, a form of gentle exercise to stretch the body and improve balance, at 1 p.m. Wednesdays for $5; chair yoga at 11 a.m. Thursdays for $5; and tai chi at noon Fridays for $5.

AARP offers free talks on fraud and scams

CONCORD — Identity theft, investment fraud and other scams rob Americans of their hard-earned money, and new schemes crop up weekly.

Last year,15.4 million Americans were victims of identity theft alone, according to a report released by Javelin Strategy & Research. The report put fraud losses in 2016 at $16 billion.

That’s why AARP New Hampshire has organized a volunteer corps of fraud fighters — in most regions of the state — dedicated to educating Granite Staters on the three Rs of fraud: recognize, resist and report.

Fraud fighters give free presentations on top frauds and scams to a variety of community groups. The session is appropriate for any age group and covers:

Fraud trends and behaviors:Understand how much fraud is out there and the behaviors that put you at risk.

The con artist’s play book: Understand the strategy and tactics used by con artists to defraud.

Prevention: Learn the most effective prevention strategies to avoid becoming a victim. Recognize the “red flags,” and report.

Resources: Learn how to access and share up-to-date information about fraud identification and prevention and where to go if you’ve been a victim.

To request a fraud presentation, or get involved as a volunteer fraud fighter, email nh@aarp.org.

Center’s Movie & Pizza Night to show ‘La La Land’

NEW LONDON — The next Movie & Pizza Night at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Oscar-winning musical “La La Land,” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, will be featured. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368.

A walk-in blood pressure clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. today

The Parkinson’s support group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday. No reservation is required.

Nick Ourusoff offers one-on-one tutoring sessions for the beginning computer user to the knowledgeable user who needs collaboration or advice. Half-hour sessions may be scheduled between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19; 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; and 9 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27. To check on the availability of appointments, call the COA at 526-6368.

Wayne Blanchard from ServiceLink will discuss long-term care planning options at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Sign up by calling the COA.

Also call the COA to schedule an appointment for the Visiting Nurse Association foot care clinic, which is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $25.

The monthly meditation class will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday. The group will sit in chairs and do some silent and guided meditation. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Register with the COA.

The Morning Book Group, a walk-in program, will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information, call the COA.

Manchester NARFE plans Christmas party Thursday

MANCHESTER — Manchester Chapter 408 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will host its annual members Christmas party from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at Sweeney Post Hall, 251 Maple St.

The meeting will be catered by Castle Caterers of Manchester.

All chapter members are welcome to attend, but reservations are required. To sign up, email chapter President Bob Phillips at phillirf@comcast.net.

Any active or retired federal employee interested in finding out more about NARFE chapters in New Hampshire, socializing with other federal employees, attending presentations geared to federal employees or just keeping up with news on federal benefits also may email Phillips.

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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