NH Senior Notes: NH Senior Leadership announces new members to advocate for older adults

May 13. 2018 7:22PM

CONCORD — Twenty-eight activists have been chosen as members of New Hampshire Senior Leadership, a collaboration among AARP New Hampshire, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH, and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging.

Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to build a statewide corps of volunteers interested in advocating for people as they age.

“New Hampshire is aging and with an increasingly older population come individual and community needs such as retirement security, long-term care, caregiving, transportation, housing and health care,” said AARP New Hampshire Associate State Director for Advocacy Doug McNutt. “Many of these issues will guide the state’s legislative agenda for years to come.”

The following participants will receive eight months of training on a wide variety of topics such as the history of aging and aging services, creating livable communities for aging populations, the legislative process and community engagement.

Atkinson: Annie Bresnahan

Bedford: Jim Isaak

Bristol: Nancy Dorner

Chichester: Richard Moore

Concord: Donna Davey, Stephanie Krenn, Sharon Monroe, Johane Telgener, Patricia Wallace, Barbara Walsh

Ellsworth: Barbara Robinson

Epsom: Robert Charest, Timothy Keene

Hillsborough: Pamela Stohrer

Littleton: David Stafford

Manchester: Tikam Acharya, Leonard Morrill, Karen Shea

Merrimack: Judith Nicholson

Nashua: Puspa Man Joshi, Bill Schwartz

New London: Linda Minsinger

Newport: Larry Flint,

Pembroke: Iris Altilio, Marilyn Watson

Sanbornton: Karen Ulmer Dorsch

Wolfeboro: Cheryl Kimball

Windham: Joanne Trainor

“Upon completion of the program, these advocates for aging issues will represent a strong, cohesive voice for the residents of New Hampshire,” McNutt said. “AARP New Hampshire and our partners will continue to offer this program to amplify the voices across the Granite State.”

Meals on Wheels walk set for Saturday

HOOKSETT — The New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services will host its 7th annual Meals on Wheels Walkathon on Saturday on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.

The event supports Meals on Wheels programs in six New Hampshire counties served by NHCAS members: Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough and Merrimack. These programs deliver hot meals and safety checks for thousands of older, homebound and disabled New Hampshire adults.

Registration on the morning of the event begins at 9:30 a.m. in Lot 26 on the SNHU campus, with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. Online registration in advance is available at www.crowdrise.com/MealsOnWheelsNHWalkathon2018.

For information on how to participate, contact Melissa Ballard Sullivan at 424-9967 or email msullivan@sjcsinc.org.

Aging Discussion Group takes place May 22

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host its Aging Discussion Group on Tuesday, May 22, at 9 a.m.

All are invited to join Dr. Jack Kirk in a continued discussion of “Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older” by Frank J. Cunningham. Kirk will touch upon the challenges and rewards of growing older.

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences.

Feel free to join us the discussion group even if you haven’t read the book.

Call 526-6368 to register.

Cashin center to host tips for preparing to move

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will present “It’s Not Just Stuff, It’s MY Stuff — Tips and Tricks to Preparing for Your Move.” at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

Ellen Sullivan, director of operations with Home Transition Resource, will present a discussion to help you prepare for your move.

Topics will include the decision-making process, selling and donating your items, helping to downsize or preparing your home for the market.

Call 624-6533 to reserve your seat.

Free mini golf for AARP members at Chuckster’s

AARP New Hampshire will host free miniature golf for members from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Chuckster’s, 9 Bailey Road, Chichester, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Chuckster’s Cave Course, 53 Hackett Hill Road, Hooksett.

The events will be held rain or shine. One guest per AARP member can join for a free round of mini golf. No reservations are required, but AARP members must show their membership card.

For more information, contact Jamie Bulen at 230-4103.

Palace Theatre seeks seniors for auditions

MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is calling on senior citizens 55 and older to audition for this year’s Silver Stars’ production of “Celebrating the Golden Oldies.”

The Silver Stars is the theater’s senior citizens troupe.

The auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at the theater, 80 Hanover St.

For the audition, seniors are welcome to prepare a favorite song to sing. There also will be a short dance audition for those interested, but it is not required.

For more information, call the theater at 668-5588.

MAREA luncheon features Easterseals speaker

MANCHESTER — Manchester Area Retired Educators Association (MAREA) held its spring luncheon on May 2 at the Executive Court Banquet Facility.

Eighty-four members and guests attended the event.

President Barbara DiVenuti opened the meeting with a pledge to the flag, followed by a prayer given by Judy Comeau and a moment of silence for departed members.

The speaker was Laurie Duff, director of senior services for Easterseals of New Hampshire. Duff gave an update of the services offered by the agency, citing that more than 25,000 people have benefited in one way or another from Easterseals.

The next meeting will be held in the fall on Oct. 3. Anyone who has had experience in any capacity with education is welcome to join the association.

For more information, email Barbara DiVenuti at bdivenuti@comcast.net.

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