NH Senior Notes: Memory café's focus on when to take away car keys

August 12. 2018 5:41PM

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road, will host its next monthly Dementia Memory Cafe from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The roundtable topic will be “When to Take Away the Car Keys,” which is an important issue for those living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Memory Cafe is free and open to the public, and Langdon Place encourages people living with dementia, along with their care partners and family members, to attend.

The roundtable discussion will explore the signs that will help people determine when and how to tell loved ones, especially one with cognition decline or dementia, that they can no longer drive. It also will help with the transition process,

This is a life-changing event for many seniors, Langdon Place says, and represents a significant loss of independence. “Ideally families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s,” Langdon Place says. “Making a decision about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition.”

The cafes are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesdays of the month. Each offers a free roundtable with guest speakers who will discuss topics of interest to dementia caregivers.

The cafes are presented by Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit organization that provides home, health and hospice care, and hosted by Langdon Place, a Genesis Senior Living Community that offers residential, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services.

To attend the cafe or for more details, RSVP by calling 743-4110 ext. 224.

Langdon Place to host seminar on aromatherapy

DOVER — Langdon Place of Dover also is hosting a free seminar about “Aromatherapy: How It Can Improve Your Life” at 2 p.m. Wednesday at its 60 Middle Road facility.

Lauren Bodwell, owner of Young Living Essential Oils, will conduct the seminar. She will discuss how essential oils extracted from plants can be used to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit as well as the benefits of integrating them into your life. Those who attend this fun, informational beginner’s class will learn the three ways to use essential oils, safety tips and why quality matters.

The seminar is sponsored by Kelly Wilsey, a Certified Senior Advisor and president and owner of Oasis Senior Advisors of Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire, which is a free service for seniors and their families looking for assisted living options.

Seating is limited so those interested in attending should RSVP as soon as possible by calling Langdon Place of Dover at 743-4110 ext. 224.

Rebecca Rule to teach writing class in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will host an eight-week Experience Arts class on writing — The Gifts of Story: One Leads to Another — led by author, humorist and storyteller Rebecca Rule.

The free classes are scheduled for 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6. No experience is necessary.

“You will write, tell and share stories, building bridges to the people, places and experiences that have shaped your life,” the center says.

The class size is limited. To check if space is available and to sign up, contact Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator, at 536-1204 or rkoczur@gcscc.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, is National Senior Citizens Day, and the center plans to celebrate.

The center’s golf club plans a buy-a-hole fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 6. For a donation of $25 or more, a sign with your name will be displayed on a hole at the White Mountain Country Club during the fundraiser. To buy a hole, see Koczur or Ron or Norm at the center.

Golfers interested in playing should call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739. The day will begin at noon with lunch at the center, where a $3 donation is suggested. Golfers then will head to the country club where tee times will be randomly assigned, beginning at 1 p.m. The format will be a scramble. The fee for nine holes and a cart is $24. After golf, the group will meet in the lower snack bar for snacks and prizes.

Chapin center has variety of discussion groups

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., offers a variety of discussion groups each month.

The Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The group’s members share their knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religions, spirituality and how they influence our lives. People are welcome to bring thoughts, questions and an open mind to these lively but respectful monthly discussions.

A French discussion group meets at 4:15 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. People of all skill levels are welcome to join this casual, friendly group to practice the language and have fun.

The Tom & Tom’s Men’s Discussion Group meets at 8:45 a.m. Mondays to swap stories and visit over coffee.

A women’s discussion group gathers at 9 a.m. Fridays to chat and share stories and have coffee, too.

All the discussion groups are walk-in programs, so no registration is necessary.

Linda Luck of Lady Luck Healing Therapies is accepting appointments for Shamablla reiki, which she offers at the center the fourth Tuesday of each month. Her next visit is Aug. 28. The 15-minute sessions cost $15. For appointments, which are available between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368.

Other ongoing activities at the center include chair exercises, an Outdoor Recreation for Seniors group, a memoir writing group, a painting group, a needlework craft group, a bike group along with games, including bridge and mahjong.

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 to get involved as a volunteer fraud fighter, email nh@aarp.org.

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