New Hampshire Senior News: Conway adult day center groundbreaking set for Tuesday

June 03. 2018 6:23PM
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CONWAY — After years of planning and months of permitting and engineering, the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center is set to break ground at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at its East Main Street, Route 113 location.

The project is a collaboration between Memorial Hospital’s Memorial Elder Health Services subsidiary and the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation.

Parking is available at the construction site, which is located on an access road that is adjacent to the Journey Church off Route 113. Event parking signs will guide visitors to the site.

Expected to attend the groundbreaking are Scott McKinnon, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, Wendy Ketchum of the foundation, community partners including the Gibson Center for Senior Services and its executive director, George Cleveland, plus representatives from the engineering, architectural and construction companies responsible for the building.

“This project represents a major gift to the community and addresses an unmet need in our region. The Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center will serve the needs of the elderly population in need of memory care and provide much needed respite for their caregivers,” McKinnon said. “We are grateful to the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation. We could not do it without their support in building this facility.”

Sue Ruka, RN, director of Population Health at Memorial Hospital, said a feasibility study conducted for the project in 2016 identified a high demand for such a service. “The entire facility is being custom built to suit the needs of those with memory loss and cognitive and physical limitations. People with dementia are capable of experiencing joy. The services and programs we will offer will be designed to help retain their level of cognitive functioning and also bring joy to their lives,” Ruka said.

The 14,000-square-foot, single-level building is slated to open in June 2019. Plans call for the adult day center to provide an array of memory-care services including therapeutic and recreational activities, health monitoring, art and music therapy, socialization, and assistance with personal care and bathing.

For more information about the center, go to

Littleton center plans Family & Friends Day

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, plans its first Family & Friends Day on Friday, June 15, and is inviting seniors to gather up their kids, their grandchildren and even pick up old friends from assisted living places to join them for a day of music, games, a campfire, S’mores and a lot of shenanigans.

This is a communitywide event, so everyone is welcome. The center encourages people to bring a favorite salad or dessert to share as well as to sign up, so the staff knows how many people to cook for. This event starts at 10 a.m. and will go until 1 p.m. or later if everyone is having too much fun.

On Saturday, the center will participate in an open air market at the Littleton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will take place in the center’s parking lot and front lawn.

Wayne Klingler will fire up his saxophone for a show at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14.

A field trip is planned Wednesday, June 20, to Indian Head Resort in Lincoln for a ’50s party, Mark Shelton concert and buffet. The cost is $27. To attend, sign up at the front desk.

Seniors are invited to be part of a Family Feud game at the center at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6 and 27.

For more about the center and its activities, call 444-6050.

Cashin Center workshops on Medicare, aging brains

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., has two workshops coming up, one on Medicare and the other on aging brains.

The New to Medicare workshop, which is sponsored by ServiceLink, will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11. It will explore the intricate ins and outs of Medicare, from what happens after you apply for Social Security and begin receiving Medicare benefits to what else needs to be done. Audience questions also are welcome. To reserve a seat, call ServiceLink at 644-2240.

Home Instead will present an Understanding the Aging Brain workshop at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13. The brain ages over time, and some people develop brain-aging diseases that affect memory, cognition and functioning. The presentation will discuss diseases that affect the brain, how those diseases can impact day-to-day life and look at some resources that are available for support and guidance. To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

The center’s next movie matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14. The cost is $5. The matinee will include hotdogs, popcorn, candy and soda. To attend, sign up by Thursday.

AARP members, guests invited to take a hike

CONCORD — Concord Trails Committee volunteers will lead two hikes for AARP members and their guests starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Fran Philippe will lead a hike for beginners at Sewalls Falls Trails. To register for this hike, go to

Tim Pifer will lead a moderate hike at Carter Hill Orchard and the West End Farm Trail. To sign up for this hike, go to

Both hikes will cover 3 miles and take 1½ hours.

Space is limited to 20 people per hike and registration is required. To find out more about these and other trails in the Concord Trail System, including maps and historical data, visit To check out other fun activities offered by AARP New Hampshire, go to

Plymouth center offers class on Eco Art Making

PLYMOUTH — The Experience Art series is coming to the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12 through July 5.

The class is Eco Art Making in celebration of the White Mountain National Forest’s centennial. Instructor Cynthia Robinson will lead the class on a variety of art processes from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Field trips to the Museum of the White Mountains also are planned.

The series is sponsored by Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Aroha Philanthropies and The Couch Family Foundation.

Space is limited, and to participate requires a commitment to attend all eight classes. To sign up, see Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator.

Free seminar June 19 on Alzheimer’s disease

DOVER — The Alzheimer’s Association will conduct a free seminar, Alzheimer’s Disease: Impact and Hope for the Future, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Langdon Place of Dover, a Genesis Senior Living Community located at 60 Middle Road. The seminar is open to the public.

Melissa Grenier, regional manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in New Hampshire, will conduct the seminar. Grenier, a licensed social worker, has worked in the areas of elder guardianship, home care, geriatric psychiatric care and long-term care and has been with the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter for more than five years.

She will include an overview of the disease, risk factors, types of dementia, the affect of memory loss on families, how the Alzheimer’s Association helps families with the disease and possible hope for the future through detection and drug trials. She also will outline some drug trials that are being conducted in the Seacoast area and discuss resources, programs and support that are available.

Space for the seminar is limited, so anyone interested must RSVP in advance by calling 743-4110 ext 224 to reserve a seat.

Snack, Sample and Serve to recruit volunteers

PORTSMOUTH — AARP New Hampshire will host Snack, Sample and Serve: A Taste of AARP Volunteer Opportunities from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Grill 28 at Pease Golf Course, 200 Grafton Road.

The volunteer recruitment event will feature a series of stations representing different volunteer opportunities, staffed by volunteers who can share their experiences and answer questions.

The stations will range from livable communities, advocacy and fraud to the Tax-Aide program, driver safety and voter engagement. In a setup similar to speed dating, participants will visit a station and listen for the gong that signals it’s time for to move to the next station.

Registration is required; to sign up, go to

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