NH Senior Notes: 5 new programs start next week at Cashin center

January 14. 2018 8:44PM

MANCHESTER — The Occupational Therapy Program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is sponsoring five new programs at the William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St.

Students will lead each of the 12-week programs, which are designed to enhance well-being, quality of life and socialization.

• Journey Around The World, 1:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Jan. 22. Seniors will “travel” around the world while engaging in cultural activities that involve arts and crafts, word search puzzles, crosswords and bingo games. A passport will be made at the start of the group, and each week will focus on a different country.

• Health and Wellness, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 23. Each week will focus on a different topic, including chair yoga, pilates, nutrition, stress management and meditation, and also will explore ways in which seniors can cope with stress and make healthy choices.

• What’s your Story?, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 24. This program is about writing memoirs. Activities will include collaborative teamwork, social interactions, gathering prior significant moments in one’s history and getting familiar with others in a positive writing setting.

• Write and Create, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 25. Each week will have a new thought-provoking work as the theme. Members will write anything that comes to mind, from poems to short stories, about that work in journals. A craft activity will be included.

• Hooked on Books, 9 a.m. Fridays, starting Jan. 26. The group will choose one book to read over the course of 12 weeks. The students will lead a discussion, interactive games and trivia. Group members will maintain a journal to keep notes and thoughts to bring to the sessions. The group will finish the program by watching a movie based on the book.

To sign up for any of the programs, stop by the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

Home Health and Hospice’s next foot clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23. The service includes a foot soak, trim and file of nails, assessment of general foot health, a foot massage, foot care education and a referral to physicians when necessary. The goal is to help seniors maintain healthy feet, enabling them to be active, reduce the risk of falls and decrease complications of diabetes and poor circulation. Appointments begin at 9 a.m. To schedule one, call Addie Perez at 689-2899. The $30 fee is payable at the clinic.

Affordable Hearing is sponsoring free hearing screenings by appointment on Mondays, Jan. 22 and Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. The service also includes hearing aid cleanings and minor repairs. To reserve a spot, sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

Langdon Place of Dover’s seminar on downsizing

DOVER— Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, is hosting a free seminar at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, about how to downsize your home.

Lee Ann Parks, a licensed real estate broker with The Bean Group, a New England real estate firm, will conduct the seminar.

For those thinking about making a move or downsizing, Parks will go through the process, from deciding whether to sell your home to setting up and moving into a new home.

She’ll discuss how to break down a home lived in for decades; how to decide whether to hire packers or do it yourself; and options for what to do with the contents, including donating to charity, giving to family or turning to an estate auction to sell important collections.

She also will address issues such as the kinds of properties that are selling, the best time to put a home on the market, how to price a home to sell faster, upgrades that add the most value and whether to make repairs or sell “as is.” She’ll talk about how to stage a home — do you empty it out, leave a little furniture or use a professional to stage it?

For the next step, she’ll look at where to relocate and have people think about their needs and care levels as well as touch on the latest trends in mortgages and mortgage rates.

Space is limited for the seminar. To attend, RSVP as soon as possible to Langdon Place of Dover, a Genesis Senior Living Community, at 743-4110 ext. 224.

Help with tax preparation available in Littleton

LITTLETON — The Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is partnering with AARP to offer free help with tax preparation. This service is for all ages; you do not need to be a senior. For more information or to make an appointment, call the center at 444-6050.

Wayne will provide musical entertainment at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Tickets for a Valentine raffle fundraiser will go on sale Monday, Jan. 22. The drawing will be during the Valentine’s Day buffet brunch, which will start at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14. It’s not necessary to be present to win.

The center’s book club will meet at a special location this month. For details about the meeting, which will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, call 444-6050.

Ongoing activities at the center include yoga, the Bone Builders exercise program, an exercise group, a walking group, line dancing, drop-in game days, bingo, a Mahjong variation, a story-telling group, art classes, a knitters group, a writing group, hand reflexology, reiki, monthly birthday dinners, blood pressure/blood sugar clinics and transportation to Senior Splash, a weekly swimming session for seniors at Evergreen Sports Center in Lisbon. A computer lab and exercise center also are always open during center hours.

Plymouth center plans fashion show Jan. 26

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., is planning a fashion show at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, after brunch in the dining room. Anyone interested in participating should see Maryann or Martha in the center’s gift shop.

A new Widows & Widowers Grief Group is being held in conjunction with Pemi-Baker Community Health from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the upstairs conference room. It’s not necessary to sign up. For more information, see activity/volunteer coordinator Robin Koczur or call her at the center at 536-1204.

Seniors who need help with income tax preparation can call 211 for more information or to learn where an appointment can be scheduled. The closest AARP Tax-Aide site to Plymouth is at the Laconia Senior Center, 17 Church St. in Laconia. For more information, call 524-7689.

Thursday is National Winnie the Pooh Day, so the center is celebrating all things Pooh. Anyone who has something Winnie the Pooh-related may bring it in, wear it or show a picture in order to be entered to win a prize. The center’s kitchen is cooking up something to celebrate National Pie Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The center has a pool club that meets upstairs after lunch on Tuesdays and a bowling club that meets after lunch on Thursdays. The bowlers carpool from the center to Funspot. The cost is $11 for three strings. Shoes are free. For more about either club, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

The center’s other ongoing activities include the RSVP Bone Builders exercise program, tai chi and dao yi, gentle yoga, country line dancing lessons, beginner swing/ballroom dance lessons, a wood carvers group, a knitting group and a Crazy Quilting group that’s open to knitters and crocheters. A book group meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month; to join in, sign up one month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.

Salvation Army schedules Valentine luncheon

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St., is inviting seniors from Manchester and Bedford to its Valentine luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

The Sunshiners will provide entertainment.

For reservations, call 627-7013 by Thursday, Feb. 1.

Chapin center’s schedule includes ‘La La Land’

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., has rescheduled the Movie & Pizza Night film planned in December to 4:30 p.m. Friday. “La La Land,” which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, won six Academy Awards. To sign up, call the Kear-sarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

The Humanist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. This is a walk-in program, so no registration is needed.

The location for the walking program at Proctor Academy Gym has been changed from the Farrell Field House to the Theater House. Walking takes place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. weekdays. For more information, call the COA at 526-6368.

The center also has an Outdoor Recreation for Seniors program that meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Bingo is played at 2 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $5 for 10 games. Players must be 55 or older. To sign up, call COA at 526-6368.

Other ongoing programs include men’s and women’s discussion groups, a Parkinson’s support group, chair exercises, a memoir writing group, a painting group, a needlework craft group, bridge, poker, a hand and foot card game, Mahjong, monthly sessions on long-term care, and half-hour one-on-one computer tutoring by appointment.

The Friends Program Bone Builders exercise classes also are available from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the Newbury Heights Community Room, 52 Newbury Heights Road, Newbury. This is a walk-in program. Tai chi also is a walk-in program at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Kear-sarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London.

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