NH Senior Notes: AARP offers smartphone, jobs workshops

February 25. 2018 9:42PM

MANCHESTER — AARP New Hampshire is offering two free AARP TEK (Technology Education & Knowledge) workshops Thursday, March 15, for those who want to get the most out of their Android smartphones.

The workshops, each offered at two times, will take place in the Niagara Room of The Falls Event Center, 21 Front St.

Intro to Android Smartphones: Beginner Workshop will explore the capabilities of Android smartphones, including texting; photos and videos; and apps — what they are and how to download them. The first session is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the second will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Beyond the Basics — Android Smartphones: Intermediate Workshop is for those who’ve mastered the basics and want to elevate their smartphone knowledge. It will cover maps and a navigation app; voice dictation; and Google Drive, which allows you to share photos and access them anywhere. This workshop is offered from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Registration is required. To sign up, call (866) 591-8105 or look for the links at https://local.aarp.org/manchester-nh.

AARP New Hampshire also is offering free job search and networking workshops on Tuesday, March 20, in the event center’s Niagara Room.

Job Search in the Digital Age, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will explore the latest job search websites and apps; help people age-proof their resume and boost their online presence; and discuss how people can set themselves apart from the competition.

Sharpen Your Networking & Interview Skills, which is set for 1:30 to 3 p.m., will teach people how to effectively network, create a winning “elevator pitch” and how to ace an interview.

Space is limited, and registration is required. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/jobsgtma or call (866) 740-7588. A prerequisite of the workshop is proficiency in using a smartphone. AARP will provide Moto G Android smartphones for practice.

Alzheimer’s cafes scheduled in March

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, 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: March 21. Discussion topic: “Making Music Together.”

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: March 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: March 13. Discussion topic: “The Correlation Between Hearing Loss and Cognition Decline.”

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: March 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: March 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, call Shirley Gordon at 621-3569 or email sagordon@eastersealsnh.org. Next: March. 28.

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: March. 1.

AARP Driver Safety classes in Laconia, Manchester

Two locations 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. Preregistration is required.

Laconia: March 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Taylor Retirement Community, 435 Union Ave. Lunch will be available at a nominal fee or bring a bag lunch. To register, call 366-1226.

Manchester: March 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services, 195 McGregor St. lower level, Suite LL 22. Bring lunch or use the CMC cafe. To register, call 626-2626.

The cost is $20, or $15 for AARP members. The payments will be collected at the first class. To check the full class schedule, go to goo.gl/Kva2MS.

Mason Jar in Minutes workshops have AARP deal

CONCORD — The Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. No. 201, is offering Mason Jar in Minutes workshops next month with a special price for AARP members.

Michelle Smith, a nutrition consultant and wellness educator at the center, says a mason jar revival is underway and these jars can save you time, money and calories. She’ll discuss how to plan, prep and preserve your meals or snacks.

The workshops are scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14.

The cost for AARP members is $5, and members may bring one guest for an additional $5. Registration is required; call 230-7300.

Littleton center plans St. Patrick’s Day dinner

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will have a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at noon Thursday, March 15. The menu includes corned beef, cabbage, carrots, pineapple and cottage cheese, and dinner rolls. Anyone who wears green will be entered to a prize drawing.

The dinner will be followed at 1 p.m. by Wheel of Fortune with George, which will feature St. Patrick’s Day-themed games. The game is free to play and prizes will be awarded. To participate, call the center at 444-6050.

The center’s book club will meet at 1 p.m. this Tuesday and also Tuesday, March 27. For more information, call the center at 444-6050. A writing group meets at 2 p.m. Mondays at the center.

Business owners of any age are welcome to visit the center Friday for the monthly Community Day. Businesspeople may come to promote their businesses or just have lunch on the center. To RSVP, call Carole at 444-6050.

Wayne Klingler will play the sax at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

On Friday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m., Janet Hill will give a presentation on her trip to Peru.

A scratch ticket raffle board fundraiser is underway. A $5 raffle ticket offers a chance to win an assortment of scratch tickets with a face value of $100. All the proceeds from the raffle will go to the annual Step Up, Stop Hunger Walkathon in support of Meals on Wheels. The drawing will be Friday, March 30.

The AARP Tax-Aide program is offering free help with income tax preparation at the center through April 9 for all ages. For more information and to make an appointment, call 444-6050.

Bus service is available weekdays for destinations to and from Bethlehem, Easton, Monroe, Franconia, Landaff, Lisbon, Lyman, Sugar Hill and Littleton. To schedule a ride request, call 444-0867.

Grief group for widowers, widows starts in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., has a new Widows & Widowers Grief Group, which is offered in conjunction with Pemi-Baker Community Health from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the upstairs conference room. This is a walk-in group, so there’s no need to sign up.

The center is being optimistic about the weather on Tuesday when “We’re Havin’ a Heat Wave” is the theme for lunch. A summer meal is planned, and anyone who wears something “summery” will be entered to win a prize.

For the colder days, the center offers a variety of indoor activities.

A pool club meets upstairs after lunch on Tuesdays. A bowling club carpools from the senior center after lunch on Thursdays to Funspot in Laconia. The cost is $11 for three strings, and shoes are free. For more information about either club, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

Other ongoing activities include a knitting group, a wood carvers group, and tai chi and dao yi, all on Mondays; the RSVP Bone Builders exercise program on Tuesdays and Thursdays; gentle yoga classes and beginner swing/ballroom dance lessons on Wednesdays; Crazy Quilting on Thursdays; and country line dance lessons on Fridays;

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

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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