NH Senior News: Gifts from the Heart to help Berlin-area elderly

December 11. 2017 12:26AM
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BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services and Northeast Credit Union (NECU) are once again working in partnership on the Gifts from the Heart program. The anonymous gift-giving tradition was developed to help spread holiday cheer to the elderly, homebound or disabled in Berlin, Gorham and the surrounding communities.

Anyone interested in participating may visit NECU’s Berlin or Gorham branch and choose an ornament from the tree in the lobby. The ornament will describe a gift suggestion specifically for a community member who receives care through Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services.

Gifts can be wrapped with the ornament attached and dropped back off to either branch through Tuesday, Dec. 19.

“We are so thankful for Northeast Credit Union and their members’ participation in this holiday tradition,” said Pauline Tibbetts of Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services. “It is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to help our community, and we truly appreciate their involvement.”

Tim Collia, president and CEO of NECU, said, “This program exemplifies how great things are achieved when the members of our community work together. Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services works diligently to spread holiday cheer to those in need, and we are thankful for the opportunity to show our support once again this year.”

Plymouth-area center plans holiday dinner

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., is hosting a holiday dinner Wednesday, Dec. 13. Tickets are required and are being given on a first-come, first-served basis. To check on availability, see Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator. There will be home-delivered meals that day, but no bingo.

Monday, Dec. 18, is Ugly Sweater Day. Seniors who wear their ugliest holiday sweater will be entered to win a prize.

Hot cocoa, cookies and stories are on the schedule Wednesday, Dec. 20. Anyone who likes a traditional holiday story is welcome to join Koczur upstairs at 10:30 a.m. To participate, sign up at the center’s front desk.

A Crazy Quilting Class meets from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the Art Room. Knitters and crocheters are welcome. The handiwork of some of the quilters is on display in the hallway case before the dining room. For more about the class, call Doris at 786-2297, Sara at 968-7170 or Pati at 536-9567.

The center has a variety of ongoing activities, including tai chi, dao yi, a knitting group and a wood-carving class on Mondays; a pool club on Tuesdays and the RSVP Bone Builders exercise program on Tuesdays and Thursdays; gentle yoga classes and Central N.H. Artists meetings on Wednesdays; and country line dancing on Fridays.

A book group meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Anyone interested must sign up a month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.

Members of a bowling club carpool to Funspot after lunch on Thursdays. The cost is $11 for three strings; shoes are free. For more information about this club, call Ron at the center at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

The Parkinson’s Support Group is on hiatus.

Bus service is available to most destinations in Plymouth. To schedule or cancel a ride request, call 536-1204 at least 48 hours in advance. Seating is limited. Medical appointments must be scheduled before noon and take priority over other stops.

RSVP Fixit Corps can help with home repairs

The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Fixit Corps is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services that helps homeowners who are 60 and older or disabled with minor home repairs and maintenance.

Any senior may call for assistance, but priority is given to those who lack the financial or physical resources to complete these repair jobs on their own. Service examples include installing a grab bar, repairing a leaky faucet, replacing a porch step and changing light bulbs. Labor is provided by RSVP Fixit Corps volunteers. There is a fee only for materials needed or used. Donations are accepted.

The program is also recruiting volunteers with basic home repair skills to help elderly and disabled members of the community remain safe in their homes. Volunteers are asked to only accept jobs that fit their schedule and skill set.

To request a minor repair at your home or to inquire about becoming a Fixit volunteer, contact Heather LaTourette at 634-1169 ext. 11 or hlatourette@snhs.org.

Littleton center’s schedule full of Christmas activities

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will have a Christmas dinner at noon Wednesday, Dec. 20. To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk.

Lucille Bedard will play Christmas carols on the piano from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 21.

Second-graders from Lakeway Elementary School will sing carols at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. Cookies will be served afterward.

Dick Alberini and Phil Rivera will entertain with music and fun during the “Amazing Christmas Giveaway” lunch. For the date and time, call the center at 444-6050.

Seniors will ring in the new year with a celebration and buffet lunch Friday, Dec. 29.

The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. One-on-one support is available, too. For more information, call Katryn at 838-2421.

Anyone interested in a cribbage tournament or weekly cribbage games is asked to call Anne-Marie at 444-6050.

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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