NH Senior News: Senior leadership program taking applications

January 21. 2018 11:01PM

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Senior Leadership program is taking applications for the 2018 class.

A collaboration among AARP, Center on Aging and Community Living at University of New Hampshire, and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in the state.

The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 23.

AARP says members of the 2018 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of New Hampshire. Twenty-five people will be selected based on their motivation to become well-informed and active in policy-making and systems change for aging residents in the state, according to AARP.

“In its seventh year, this program is designed to be educational and provide advocacy and community leadership skills necessary to advance issues of importance to Granite Staters as they age,” said Doug McNutt, AARP New Hampshire associate state director for advocacy. “Caregiving, state and local advocacy, community-based services that allow people to stay in their homes, transportation and housing are topics at the forefront. Our hope is that every graduate will leave the program with the information they need to engage these important issues of our times.”

Participants will meet five times during an eight-month period, April through November, and receive intensive training on a variety of educational and community topics. Educational methods include discussion, web-based learning, small- and large-group sessions and independent research. All expenses — including hotel, meals and materials — are covered. The only cost to participate is a $45 contribution at the time of acceptance.

“Attending the program was a life-changing event for me,” said Sherri Harden, a New Hampshire Senior Leadership graduate. “Learning effective strategies to promote and support change is very powerful. The exercises and group projects were the icing on the cake. Oh, and did I mention we had fun?”

More details and an online application packet can be found at www.aarp.org/nh.

OLLI plans Mug ’n’ Muffin Game Day on Saturday

MANCHESTER — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, will host a Mug ’n’ Muffin Game Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the college’s Mill West Building, 195 McGregor St., third floor.

A game day has been in the planning stages for several months and now will be combined this month with the group’s recurring Mug ’n’ Muffin socials.

Retirees Rummy, Cribbage, Uno, checkers and various board games will be available for those wishing to participate. Those attending don’t need to have knowledge of the games; OLLI volunteers will sit at the table and teach the strategy of the games.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. Everyone is asked to bring their own mug to use and then bring home.

OLLI members and guests are welcome to attend. To RSVP, email Diane Parks at dparks43@aol.com by Thursday.

OLLI is a member organization that provides educational, social and volunteer opportunities for adults 50 and older. OLLI holds classes in Greater Manchester, Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast. For more information, including the class catalog, visit https://olli.granite.edu.

AARP Tax-Aide program offers help starting Feb. 1

CONCORD — From Feb. 1 through April 17, the AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program.

The program, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.

The program started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There is no fee, and AARP membership is not required.

“Last year, 282 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 19,000 Granite Staters file their federal tax returns,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey. “This is an amazing free service for New Hampshire residents.”

Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they understand the latest changes to the US Tax Code. In 2017, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions and file their tax returns. Taxpayers also avoided tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or other information – including which documents to bring to the tax site – visit aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call (888) 277 7669. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

Date set for Nashua police Senior Citizens Academy

NASHUA — The Nashua Police Department has set the date for its 2018 Seniors Citizens Academy.

Classes will be held at the police department, 0 Panther Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, May 16 through June 6.

Topics will include crimes against seniors, driving concerns and community resources.

The program is designed to provide residents 60 years and older a glimpse of the day-to-day operations of the Nashua Police Department and its community partners to address the complex issues that face seniors today.

Registration is required due to limited seating. To sign up or for more information, call Nashua’s senior relations specialist Jane Constant at 594-3628.

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.

In 2016,15.4 million Americans were victims of identity theft alone, according to a report from Javelin Strategy & Research, which put fraud losses that year 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.

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