NH Senior News: Langdon Place of Dover seminar on COPD

February 04. 2018 11:46PM

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, is hosting a free seminar about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Rosemarie Nason, RN, staff education manager at Cornerstone VNA, will conduct the seminar on COPD, a condition in which some of the body’s airways are permanently blocked. It is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma and some forms of bronchiectasis. With COPD, lungs do not work as well as they once did and patients find it more and more difficult to breathe, but early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs.

Nason will discuss COPD symptoms, how to manage the disease, common medications, correct use of inhalers, diet and nutrition, staying active and the use of technology such as Telehealth and Smart Care.

Space is limited, so anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP as soon as possible by calling Langdon Place at 743-4110 ext. 224. That’s also the number to call for more information about the seminar or Langdon Place, a Genesis Senior Living Community.

Langdon Place also has renewed its partnership with Cornerstone VNA for the next 12 months of Memory Cafes, which are offered from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Each cafe begins with a short social gathering for people living with dementia and their family or care partners, followed by a roundtable discussion with guest speakers on topics of interest to dementia caregivers. Those with dementia who don’t want to attend the roundtable can participate in a fun activity. Afterward, everyone reconvenes for a final wrapup.

As part of the partnership, Cornerstone VNA will provide many of the guest speakers as well as conduct seminars at Langdon Place for Seacoast seniors. Cornerstone is a nonprofit organization providing home, health and hospice care to people of all ages.

At the next cafe on Feb. 13, Sandy Powers, RN, community health nurse and health coach for Cornerstone VNA, will lead a roundtable discussion on behaviors associated with dementia. The March 13 cafe will include a discussion on the correlation between hearing loss and cognition decline. No reservations are required to attend the cafes, which are open to the public.

Recreation department offers activities for seniors

BEDFORD — The Bedford Recreation Department has announced a lineup of its upcoming programs for adults and seniors.

A drop-in meditation program is underway at 7:30 p.m. most Thursdays during the school year at the Bedford Town Hall, 10 Meetinghouse Road. The fee is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 per class paid to the instructor.

Line dancing lessons and practice are planned at 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting Feb. 10, also at town hall. The cost is $10 at the door.

A parent/grandparent and child paint workshop, “I Love You to the Moon & Back,” is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at town hall. The cost is $40 for one parent or grandparent and one child, with each additional child costing $22.

A free senior movie matinee will feature “Ladies in Lavender” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road.

Also starting in the spring at town hall at dates yet to be determined will be beginner and intermediate ballroom dancing on Sundays; power yoga fundamentals at 11 a.m. Mondays; beginning bridge at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; and tai chi at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

“Getting Paid to Talk,” an introduction to professional voice acting, is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at town hall. The cost is $25 for Bedford residents; $35 nonresidents. April 24 is the deadline to register.

To register for the programs, go to www.BedfordRecOnline.com. The Recreation Department recommends registering early, so no programs are canceled due to low enrollment.

Littleton center plans Valentine’s buffet, raffle

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will have a Valentine’s Day buffet and raffle at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and you don’t have to be present to win.

Storytelling with Neil, a group that mixes a little writing with a little theater with a little storytelling to have a lot of fun, is on the schedule at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Those who attend are welcome to participate or just watch. A door prize will be awarded.

The dementia and Alzheimer’s support group will meet at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. One-on-one support is available, too. For more information, call Katryn at 838-2421.

A free breakfast in memory of Lyndsey Briggs is planned from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Though this open to all, those interested are asked to sign up with the center. For more details, call the center at 444-6050.

Talk at Plymouth center to focus on avoiding fraud

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will host a presentation from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday on avoiding fraud. To attend the talk, organized by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office, sign up at the center’s front desk.

The center will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with a visit from Cupid along with music from Jim Tyrrell from 11 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.

Seniors who bring a photo of their pet on Tuesday, Feb. 20 — National Love Your Pet Day — will be entered to win a prize.

For more about the center, call 536-1204.

Chapin Senior Center has monthly health clinics

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will have a walk-in blood pressure clinic at 9:30 today. A VNA foot care clinic is available by appointment between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $25. To schedule a time, call the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368.

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

The center’s book group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. For book information, call the COA at 526-6368.

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