NH Senior Notes: Cashin center programs on Medicare, fraud

January 28. 2018 8:53PM

MANCHESTER — The William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St., has presentations planned next month on Medicare and fraud prevention.

The New to Medicare workshop, which is sponsored by ServiceLink, is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. A Medicare coordinator will guide seniors through the ins and outs of the process and answer such questions as: Where do you go to apply? What happens after you apply and begin receiving Medicare benefits? What else needs to be done? To attend, call ServiceLink at 644-2240 to reserve a spot.

A Fraud and Online Protection for Seniors presentation, sponsored by Home Instead, will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. It will explore why seniors become targets for scams, common scams through the mail, phone and online, how to report them and ways to protect yourself and others from becoming scam victims. For more information, call the center at 624-6533.

A shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare is offered Thursday by appointment. One of the Medicare benefits for diabetics is a free pair of shoes and inserts every year. To schedule an appointment for a fitting, call Leanne at 828-6762. These clinics, which begin at 9:30 a.m., are offered the first Thursday of each month by Step Lightly.

The center has three exercise programs that are adaptable to any level of fitness. Qi gong, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, includes 45 minutes of gentle movements followed by a simple meditation and reflection. Chair yoga, a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support, is offered at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Tai chi, which uses gentle flowing movements to improve balance, increase range of motion and strengthens the body, is on the schedule at noon Fridays. These each cost $5 per class. No prior knowledge of the movements is required.

Coloring classes for adults take place at 10 a.m. Mondays and cost $1 per class. The center says coloring is not only fun but it can relieve stress, reduce anxiety and stimulate the brain.

Local artist Anthony Williams leads an acrylic painting class from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays. Each class is $10. All levels and abilities are welcome, and all supplies are provided.

A knit and crochet group meets at 1 p.m. Fridays. One of this group’s projects is making hats and mittens for local children.

Computer classes are scheduled throughout the month. One-on-one support and group instruction is available. Stop by the front desk to register for this free service or call 624-6533.

Other ongoing activities include a Wii bowling league, billiards, dominoes, whist, bridge, cribbage, Mah Jongg and other games, Zumba Gold, line dancing, bingo, a singing group, coffee/social times, free hearing screenings and VNA foot clinics.

Thursday deadline to sign up for 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.

The deadline for reservations is Thursday, Feb. 1. To sign up, call 627-7013.

AARP Driver Safety classes scheduled in Nashua

NASHUA — Two locations in Nashua are offering the AARP Smart Driver course next month. The classroom refresher is designed for drivers 50 and older, but open to any age licensed driver.

The class does not involve driving or tests; the focus is on learning about adjustments in driving techniques that can be made as people get older. It also will explore how issues ranging from medication to the newest auto technology can affect driving ability.

A class at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2300 Southwood Drive, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 21. To register, call instructor Jane Constant at 594-3628.

The Nashua Senior Activity Center, 80 Temple St., also is offering the class on Feb. 20 and 21, but from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register, call the center at 889-6155 or stop by its front desk by Friday, Feb. 16.

Preregistration is required. The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. The payments will be collected at the first class.

These six-hour classes are held in one- or two-part sessions at a variety of locations throughout the year as well as online. To check the full schedule, go to goo.gl/Kva2MS.

Dates set for February Alzheimer’s cafes

Special cafes for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, along with their families, are offered at a variety of sites in New Hampshire. The monthly cafes vary, but each offers families a blend of social time and support in safe and relaxed environments.

Concord: Capital Area Memory Cafe, 2-4 p.m., the third Wednesday of the month, Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. A collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges. Caregiver roundtable discussions an option. Registration not required. For information, call 230-5673, (800) 924-8620 ext. 5673 or email Jennifer.Brechtel@crvna.org. Next: Feb. 21. Discussion topic: Cafe Chat.

Dover: Alzheimer’s Cafe at Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., 2-4 p.m. the third Thursday. Reservations not needed. Cafe is free, but donations accepted. For information, call 742-2002 or go to www.childrens-museum.org. Next: Feb. 15.

Dover: Dementia Memory Cafe at Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, 2-4 p.m., the second Tuesday. In partnership with Cornerstone VNA. Open to public. Brief social gathering followed by a roundtable discussion with guest speakers for caregivers and a fun activity for those with dementia. Free. Refreshments included. No reservations required. For information, call 743-4110 ext. 224. Next: Feb. 13. Discussion topic: behaviors in dementia — what to expect.

Hanover: Upper Valley Memory Cafe, the first Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mayor Room, Howe Library, 13 South St. Registration not necessary. Includes breakfast, activities and entertainment. For information, contact Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, 653-3460 or AgingCenter@hitchcock.org. Next: Feb. 3.

Manchester: Alzheimer’s Cafe at Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., 2-4 p.m., second Wednesday. Free; no RSVP required. Contact Megan McIntyre, 669-6144 ext. 113 or mmcintyre@currier.org. Next: Feb. 14.

Manchester: Memory Lane Cafe, 9:30-11:30 a.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month, Easterseals NH, 555 Auburn St. Reservations suggested, but drop-ins welcome. For reservations, contact Shirley Gordon at 621-3569 or email sagor-don@eastersealsnh.org. Next: Feb. 22.

Peterborough: Memory Cafe in Summerhill Assisted Living and Memory Care Community’s pub, 183 Old Dublin Road, 2-3 p.m., first Thursday. Free. RSVP appreciated; call 924-6238. Next: Feb. 1. Guest speaker Sheilla Parkerson, owner and manager of QueViva Fitness in Jaffrey and a wellness advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils, will discuss how exercise and the use of essential oils can enhance health and wellness as people age.

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