NH Senior Notes: Manchester program to explore food, mood link

March 04. 2018 11:01PM

MANCHESTER — The William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St., is hosting a presentation, “Healthy Eating As You Age — Eat and Drink Your Way to a Better Mood and Health,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire is sponsoring the presentation, which will explore the connection between food and attitude.

The discussion will look at whether your diet can help put you in a good mood and also whether what you eat or drink can encourage bad moods or mild depression. Recipes and food sampling will be included. To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

Nurse practitioner students from Rivier University in Nashua will be at the center Tuesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to noon to conduct free blood pressure screenings. The center says the screenings are important as high blood pressure usually has no symptoms. It can’t be detected without being measured and greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. The students also will take quality of life surveys, which will help them learn about emotional experiences of older adults.

Free balance assessments also will be offered at 10 a.m. March 13. The assessments are sponsored by the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise, which notes that the risks and consequences of falling increase as people age. A physical therapist will assess balance or any aches or pains that make it hard to get around. To reserve a spot, call 624-6533.

Plymouth fundraiser to benefit memorial garden

PLYMOUTH — Monday, March 12, is National Plant a Flower Day, and the staff at Plymouth Regional Senior Center say it’s a perfect day to start a fundraiser for the center’s memorial garden.

Seniors may buy a flower from Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator, and “plant” it in the center’s dining room garden with the name of a loved one on it. Flowers are available in three colors: yellow flowers are $5; pink flowers, $3; and orange flowers, $1.

Thursday is Popcorn Lovers Day, so the staff plan to make fresh popcorn just before lunch.

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is planned Wednesday, March 14. Paul Hubert will be at the center from 11 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. to provide music. Corned beef is on the lunch menu. A game will be played so people can be entered to win a prize.

For more information about the center, located at 8 Depot St., call 536-1204.

AARP ‘CAREversation’ set for March 22 in Manchester

MANCHESTER — AARP New Hampshire has scheduled a “CAREversation,” a conversation about family caregiving for family caregivers from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the private dining room at Blake’s Restaurant, 353 S. Main St.

AARP says there are more than 42 million family caregivers in the United States and about 173,000 in New Hampshire who provide care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones to help them to live independently at home.

The “CAREversation” will enable caregivers to connect with each other and exchange tips and ideas. They’ll also hear about five key steps that can help with the caregiving journey and learn about caregiving resources that are available locally.

Registration is required, and space is limited. To sign up, go online to aarp.cvent.com/caregtma or call (800) 278 1045.

To locate respite services, visit the National Respite Locator at archrespite.org.

Chapin center to host session on climate change

NEW LONDON — Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host a Climate Change Strategy Session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The discussion will focus on climate action in the New London area. For more information, contact Joy or Joe Kubit, local Elder Climate Action members, at 526-6678, joykubit@gmail.com or jgkubit70@gmail.com. To attend, sign up with the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging at 526-6368.

A VNA foot care clinic is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The fee is $25. To schedule an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368.

The center’s Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday. New members are welcome, and it’s not necessary to sign up.

Seniors will be going on a lunch road trip Thursday, March 15, to the Tilt’n Diner, a traditional 1950s-style diner in Tilton. The COA will cover the cost of the bus; participants are responsible for the cost of their meals. To reserve a seat on the bus, call 526-6368 by Monday, March 12. The bus will depart from the center at 11 a.m.

Free 20-minute chair massages are available by appointment between 1 and 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. To to schedule an appointment, call 526-6368.

The Humanist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. This is a walk-in program, so no registration is needed.

Movie & Pizza Night at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, will feature “Miss Pettigrew Lives for the Day,” starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. To sign up, call 526-6368.

Linda Luck of Lady Luck Healing Therapies will conduct a free informational workshop on Shamballa reiki at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. She also will be available Wednesday, March 21, between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for 15-minute one-on-one reiki sessions, which cost $15. To register for the workshop or make an appointment, call 526-6368.


More information about the center is available at www.coachapincenter.org.

Aging Mastery Program to start March 28 in Deerfield

DEERFIELD — Concord Regional VNA is offering a 10-week Aging Mastery Program at Deerfield Parks & Recreation, 8 Raymond Road.

Aging Mastery, a program from the National Council on Aging, is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 28.

The program is designed to engage older adults in a fun and innovative way that empowers them to embrace their longevity and address their physical, financial and emotional wellness.

The 10 core classes focus on: navigating longer lives: the basics of aging mastery; exercise; sleep; healthy eating and hydration; financial fitness; advance planning; healthy relationships; medication management; community engagement; and preventing falls.

The program is free. Preregistration is required as space is limited; call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit www.crvna.org.

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