NH Senior News: AARP names community service award winner

October 07. 2018 10:53PM


Richard Chevrefils ... honored ?by AARP

CONCORD — Richard Chevrefils has been selected to receive the 2018 AARP New Hampshire Andrus Award for Community Service, the association’s most prestigious volunteer award.

Chevrefils was chosen for his “remarkable service, which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers,” AARP New Hampshire wrote in a news release.

He worked as the state director for AARP Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2011 and as the state director for AARP New Hampshire between 2003 and 2007. Now retired, Chevrefils serves as the regional volunteer director for AARP’s East Region.

The Manchester native is a St. Anselm College graduate with a master’s degree in social work from Boston College. After a 35-year career with the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, he retired as the assistant commissioner and Senior Division director.

He has volunteered with other organizations, including the Salvation Army, United Way of Merrimack County, Adoptive Families for Children and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NAMI NH.

“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” said Todd Fahey, AARP New Hampshire state director. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

To learn more about AARP, go to www.aarp.org.

Center offers help during Medicare open enrollment

MANCHESTER — ServiceLink will be at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., to offer assistance during the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

Qualified volunteers will be available from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 25 to Nov. 29 to help seniors select a Medicare Part D plan that could be more economical for their prescription drug needs.

To schedule an appointment, call 644-2240.

The center’s next movie matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The $5 fee also includes hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soda. To sign up and vote for a favorite movie choice, stop by the center’s front desk.

For more about the center and its activities, call 624-6533.

Theater giving AARP discount to ‘Spamalot’

MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is offering AARP members and their guests a $10 discount on adult tickets to Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” which is on stage from Friday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 10.

Performances are at both 2 and 7 p.m. at the downtown theater, located at 80 Hanover St.

Lovingly ripped off from the film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

To purchase tickets, go to www.palacetheatretickets.org, call 668-5588 or visit the box office. To receive the discount, use the code ACTIVE.

Discussion group focuses on ‘Aging with Wisdom’

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., invites seniors to join the second session of “Aging with Wisdom,” a four-part discussion group led by Dr. Jack Kirk, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The group is exploring what contributes to satisfaction and happiness in later years and sharing views of the physical, emotional and social aspects of growing older.

The session’s topic is “Hitting the Brick Wall.” The group will discuss how to continue to live the life you wish when a major life event, illness or injury interrupts your journey. To register, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

A free six-week educational program, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 20. Caring for someone with a chronic disease can be stressful physically, emotionally and financially. Through the program, which is sponsored by Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, caregivers will learn tips on how to take better care of themselves. To sign up, call 225-3295 ext. 1137.

The center’s Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. The members share their knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality and how they influence our lives. Seniors are invited to bring their thoughts, questions and an open mind to these lively, respectful monthly discussions. This is a walk-in program.

“How Your Internal Environment Affects You” is the topic of a presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, by Linda Luck, a hypnotherapist, Shamballa Reiki master and teacher, and an associate professor at White Mountains Community College, where she developed and taught in the massage therapy program. To register, call the COA at 526-6368.

Center celebrating 25th anniversary in October

PLYMOUTH — October is the 25th anniversary month for the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, which is inviting seniors to stop by 8 Depot St. to see a display of memories from participants past and present and to their share their own memories as well.

A presentation on fire safety is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the conference room. To attend, sign up at the front desk by Friday.

The center’s bowling club will have lunch at noon Thursday, Oct. 18, then carpool to Funspot in Laconia. The cost is $11 for 3 strings of tenpin or candlepin.

The pool club will meet after lunch Tuesdays beginning Oct. 23.

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

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