NH Senior News: AARP programs ask seniors to ‘Take a Hike’

September 09. 2018 11:06PM

CONCORD — Concord has 31 trails covering 81 miles. What better way to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, see some foliage and meet new people than on a guided hike on an early fall morning.

Concord Trails Committee volunteers will lead two hikes for AARP members and their guests on Sept. 22 and Oct. 6.

A beginner hike will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Riley Trails. The hike, which will be led by Fran Philippe, is expected to take 1½ hours and is 2 miles long.

A moderate hike will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at West End Farm Trail. The hike, led by Rob Knight, is expected to take 2 hours and is 3.2 miles long.

Space is limited to 20 people per hike, and registration is required

To register for Riley Trails, visit https://aarp.cvent.com/RileyTrails.

To register for West End Farm Trail, visit https://aarp.cvent.com/WestEndFarm.

To find out about these and other trails in the Concord Trail System — including maps, parking, historical data and more — visit www.concordnh.gov/trails.

Check out other fun activities offered by AARP New Hampshire at www.aarp.org/nh.

Chapin center hosts ‘Aging with Wisdom’ group

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will host “Aging with Wisdom” discussion group with Dr. Jack Kirk. The event aims to explore what contributes to satisfaction and happiness in later years.

Discuss and share your views of the physical, emotional, and social aspects of growing older with those who are also making the journey.

The first of this four-part discussion group, “Spirituality,” will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

How do you define spiritually? What role does spirituality play in your life? In the words of philosopher George Santayana, “Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit, and spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and dwell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure.”

For more information or to register, call Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

Workshop to focus on retirement readiness

CONCORD — Are you ready to retire? It’s not just about financial planning. It’s also about your readiness: physically, emotionally and mentally. What’s your vision?

Find out more on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. The workshop — “Intro to Retirement: Are You Ready for the Next Chapter? “— will cover how retirement affects your life, including some interesting baby boomer statistics.

Explore retirement perception versus reality and reinvent the next chapter of your life by planning and redefining your retirement years.

Cost for AARP members is $20 per person; the general public price is $25 per person. Registrations are required by calling 230-7300.

Benefits of in-home rehab topic of discussion

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will present “Benefits of Home Rehab Therapies — Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy.” at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 19.

Did you know that rehab therapy can be provided in the home? Join physical therapists and occupational therapists from the VNA of Manchester to learn about the different therapies that can be provided in the comfort of your home.

The clinicians will review rehab services and the differences between physical, occupational and speech therapies and what you can expect if your physician orders these for you.

This will be an interactive session so bring questions and become an informed healthcare consumer.

Sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533.

Humanist program to be held at Chapin center

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will present a humanist, agnostic, atheist discussion group at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

This group is welcome to those who are interested in delving into a variety of humanist and non-theist topics. We share our knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality, and how they influence our lives. Using reason, critical thinking, and honest examination, we do our best to approach personal truths. Bring your thoughts, your questions, and an open mind, and join our lively, respectful monthly discussions.

This is a walk-in program.

Cashin center to present posture program

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will present “Better Posture as You Age,” at 1 p.m. Thursday Sept. 20.

Posture is part of our physical presence and is often taken for granted. It’s how we stand and how we sit. Posture can change with our mood, our lifestyle, and with our health. What many people don’t realize is that poor posture can lead to a number of physical and medical issues including increasing your risk of falling.

The staff at Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise (CPTE) will explain what posture is physically, how important posture is for our health, and then explain how we can improve and maintain good posture.

Sign up at the front desk or call 624-6533 to reserve your spot.

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