NH Senior Notes: Plymouth center plans anniversary open house

July 08. 2018 10:12PM

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will have a 25th anniversary open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, that will feature jazz music by Swing Rocket, light refreshments, tours, information, raffles and more.

The center will be closed until the start of the open house, so no brunch or home-delivered meals will be served that day.

People are still welcome to share their memories of the center in time for the official anniversary in October. For more information, see Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator.

A teddy bear picnic is on the schedule Tuesday. Seniors who bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal will receive a raffle ticket for a prize.

One big birthday party with dancing, prizes and goodies is on the agenda Wednesday, July 18. Seniors can celebrate their own and everyone else’s birthdays. Rick and Maria will provide music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A new chair yoga class will be offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The class will be suitable for those interested in getting a taste of simple yoga.

A new support group also is starting. Pemi-Baker Community Health will offer a caregivers support group the third Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the conference room. No registration is required.

The center is hoping to start a Mahjong group on Tuesday mornings. A few people have expressed interest, but not enough to get started. Anyone interested, including those who would like to learn how to play, should see Koczur.

The center’s book group meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. To participate, sign up one month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.

The senior golf club’s 18-week season has been underway since May. The club is open to golfers 60 and older. After lunch at the center, the group heads to White Mountain Country Club for nine holes of golf. For more information, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739. Anyone who has limited or no experience can also ask Norm for a free lesson.

Other ongoing activities include tai chi and dao yi from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays; a wood carvers group from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays; the RSVP Bone Builders program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; a widows and widowers grief group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month; gentle yoga classes at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Central N.H. artists meetings at 9 a.m. Wednesdays; a Crazy Quilting group, which also welcomes knitters and crocheters, from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays; and country line dance lessons at 9:30 a.m. Fridays.

For more information about the center and its activities, call 536-1204.

Manchester center to host program on living joyfully

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a three-part series, “Live, Laugh, Love,” starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18.

How to live joyfully will be the focus of the presentation by the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire.

The VNA says being joyful is good for your health. “We can actually laugh off a few calories, improve your immune system and live a balanced and happy/healthy lifestyle,” the center wrote in its description of the program. To attend, sign up at the center’s front desk.

The next movie matinee at the center will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19. The $5 fee includes the movie, hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soda. To join in, sign up at the front desk.

A free Lunch and Learn workshop, Safety for Seniors, is planned at noon Thursday, July 26. A light lunch will be provided. To attend, register at the front desk or call the center at 624-6533. The workshop is sponsored by Caring Companions.

Free hearing screenings will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23. The sponsor, Affordable Hearing, also can perform minor repairs and answer questions about hearing aids. To reserve a spot, sign up at the front desk or call the center.

Computer classes are scheduled throughout the month. Both one-on-one support and group instruction is available. Stop by the front desk to register for this free service or call.

The center has a variety of ongoing activities, including acrylic painting classes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. The cost is $10 per class, which includes supplies. All levels are welcome.

The center also offers adult coloring classes at 10 a.m. Mondays ($1); a Workout Warriors exercise class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ($2; registration is required at the front desk or by calling); a free walking group that meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the track across from the senior center or along the Manchester Rail Trail; qi gong, a form of gentle exercise, at 1 p.m. Wednesdays ($5); chair yoga at 11 a.m. Thursdays ($5); tai chi at noon Fridays ($5); a knit and crochet group at 1 p.m. Fridays; and a mindfulness and meditation class at 1 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month ($2).

Littleton senior center to host vaccination clinic

LITTLETON — Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will be doing shots at the center — vaccinations, that is.

The center has partnered with Walgreens to offer free shingles, tetanus, hepatitis B and C and flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26.

Anyone who has an insurance card should bring it. Not all insurance plans cover the shingles shot. For more information, call the center at 444-6050.

Seniors will be playing a version of “Family Feud” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.

Anyone who know of someone who needs home-delivered meals may call the center to make a Meals on Wheels referral.

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.

Bingo played on Fridays at Chapin Senior Center

NEW LONDON — Bingo is played at 2 p.m. Fridays at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St. Ten games cost $5. Players, who must be 55 or older, receive 10 bingo sheets with six cards on each sheet. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

The center also offers duplicate bridge at 12:45 p.m. Mondays and 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays; poker at 2 p.m. Tuesdays; a hand and foot card game at 1 p.m. Wednesdays; contract bridge at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays; and mahjong at 12:30 p.m. Fridays. These are walk-in programs, so no registration is necessary.

The Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Every month, the group’s members shares their knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality and how they influence their lives. People are welcome to bring their thoughts and questions to the lively but respectful monthly discussions. This also is a walk-in program.

Linda Luck of Lady Luck healing therapies accepts appointments for Shamablla reiki at the center on the fourth Tuesday of each month between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each 15-minute sessions costs $15 per session. For an appointment, call the COA at 526-6368.

Wayne Blanchard, a long-term care options counselor from ServiceLink, is available to meet with seniors weekdays at the center to discuss long-term care and options for care needs in the home and other settings. To set up a time to meet with Blanchard, call him at 228-6625 ext. 1200.

The center has three discussion groups. A men’s discussion group meets at 8:45 a.m. Mondays. A French discussion group, which meets at 4:15 p.m. the first and third Mondays, welcomes people at all skill levels to join the casual group. A women’s discussion group meets at 9 a.m. Fridays. All of these groups are also walk-in programs.

Other ongoing activities include chair exercises at 10:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays; a walking group that meets at Proctor Academy Gym weekdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Outdoor Recreation for Seniors at 10 a.m. Tuesdays; a memoir writing group, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays; a painting group at 1 p.m. Tuesdays; a needlework craft group at 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and the COA Bikers group on Thursday mornings.

AARP offers free talks on fraud and scams

CONCORD — Identity theft, investment fraud and other scams rob Americans of their hard-earned money, and new schemes crop up weekly.

That’s why AARP New Hampshire has organized a volunteer corps of fraud fighters dedicated to educating Granite Staters on the three Rs of fraud: recognize, resist and report.

Fraud fighters give free presentations on top frauds and scams to a variety of community groups. The session is appropriate for any age group and covers:

• fraud trends and behaviors that put people at risk;

• the strategies and tactics used by con artists;

• prevention strategies to avoid becoming a victim;

• resources available for information about identifying and preventing fraud;

• where to go if you’ve been a victim.

To request a fraud presentation, or get involved as a volunteer fraud fighter, email nh@aarp.org.

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