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“Medical Care: Keeping It All Straight” workshop for caregivers

NASHUA – Dealing with multiple medical issues can be challenging and overwhelming for both the adult and their caregiver. The significant positive role caregivers play in the medical care of older adults is the subject of Seniors Count workshop scheduled for Monday, April 13 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

The free workshop begins at 1:00pm.

Workshop presenter Bernie Siefert, LICSW, will cover  how to communicate effectively with medical professionals; making the most out of doctor visits; managing prescriptions; and recognizing and responding to signs of medication misuse and alcohol abuse in older adults.

The workshop will be of particular interest to those providing direct care to a relative or other loved one.

Seifert is the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs for NAMI New Hampshire.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. in Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

The workshop is part of a “Side-by-Side” NAM NH series presented by Seniors Count-Nashua and the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Seniors Count is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services. Future workshop topics include: Understanding Dementia (Monday, April 27, 2015); Coping with Changing and Challenging Behaviors (Monday, May 18, 2015); and Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When (Monday, June 8, 2015). All workshops are free of charge and begin at 1:00pm.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults

NASHUA – No age group is immune to mental health disorders. It is helpful for caregivers to understand common mental health issues and how to get help for the older adult when needed. Ways to learn what symptoms to look for in older adults, as well as risk factors to be aware of and types of treatment programs available to assist older adults are the topics of discussion at an upcoming workshop scheduled for Monday, March 30 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The free workshop begins at 1:00pm.

Workshop presenter Bernie Siefert, LICSW, will cover  the symptoms of depression and anxiety and how these differ from dementia; understanding why treatment for depression and anxiety is important; recognizing the warning signs and risk factors for suicide and what to do if an older adult is showing suicidal tendencies.

The workshop will be of particular interest to those providing direct care to a relative or other loved one.

Seifert is the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs for NAMI New Hampshire..

The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. in Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

The workshop is part of a “Side-by-Side” NAM NH series presented by Seniors Count-Nashua and the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Seniors Count is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services. Future workshop topics include: Medical Care: Keeping it all Straight (Monday, April 13, 2015); Understanding Dementia (Monday, April 27, 2015); Coping with Changing and Challenging Behaviors (Monday, May 18, 2015); and Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When (Monday, June 8, 2015). All workshops are free of charge and begin at 1:00pm.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

Fuel Assistance Program continues to take applications

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) continues to take applications for the winter season that runs through April 30, 2015.

All qualified households can apply for assistance.

“We are urging people to call now,” said Ryan Clouthier, Energy Director for Southern New Hampshire Services. “Don’t wait until you are in a crisis. Don’t put your family through that. Don’t put yourself through that.”

An in-person interview is required of all applicants. Appointments are being scheduled now at Outreach Offices located in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Those interested in applying for fuel assistance are encouraged to call to schedule an appointment now.

Information on program qualifications and documentation needed to complete the application process will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.

Hillsborough County offices are open Monday through Friday in Manchester, Nashua and Peterborough. Offices in Milford and Hillsborough are open on scheduled days.

Rockingham County offices are located in Derry, Portsmouth, Raymond, Salem and Seabrook and are open Monday through Friday.

The program officially opened on December 1, 2014. Applications for assistance will continue to be taken for anyone who wishes to apply for the program after the program starts and through its end in April, 2015.

Fuel assistance benefits are a grant and do not need to be repaid.  The benefits are not meant to pay for the entire winter heating bill but rather are there to help the client get through the winter. Benefits range from $75 to $1125 per season.  The benefit amount is based on household income and annual heating costs.

Clients whose heat is included in the rent may have their benefit sent to the landlord as a rental payment on the client’s behalf if their rent is not subsidized.

The Fuel Assistance Program in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties is managed by Southern New Hampshire Services. Additional information, including household income requirements, can be found on the Southern New Hampshire Services website at http://www.snhs.org/programs/energy-programs/low-income-home-energy/ and on the Rockingham Community Action website at http://www.rcaction.org/index.php?page=fuel-assistance.

"Meeting Caregiver Needs" subject of February Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – People who care for an older adult often find themselves the role of caregiver with little preparation or warning. This can create emotional difficulty for both the caregiver and the person receiving the care.

Ways to meet caregiver needs is the topic of discussion at the upcoming Seniors Count workshop, re-scheduled for Monday, February 23 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The free workshop begins at 1:00pm.

Workshop presenter Bernie Seifert, LICSW, will cover such topics as: clarifying the caregiver’s role; identifying feelings associated with care giving (both positive and negative); recognizing how these emotional responses affect the care giving; and finding caregiver supports and resources.

Seifert is the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs for NAMI New Hampshire.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. in Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Please note that in case of wintery weather, the Senior Activity Center follows the Nashua schools closing schedule. The workshop will be cancelled if schools are closed or there is a delayed opening on February 23.

The “Meeting Caregiver Needs” is the first in a series of six workshops being offered in partnership between Seniors Count-Nashua and the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Future workshops include: Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults (Monday, March 30, 2015); Medicare Care: Keeping it all Straight (Monday, April 13, 2015); Understanding Dementia (Monday, April 27, 2015); Coping with Changing and Challenging Behaviors (Monday, May 18, 2015); and Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When (Monday, June 8, 2015). All workshops are free of charge and begin at 1:00pm.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

‘Getting Back into Exercise" Seniors Count workshop offers tips on how to increase your activity level

NASHUA – We all know that exercise is a key to our overall good health, but what do you do when you can't remember the last time you were active? How do you become more active when you're worried that you're so out of shape it might do more harm than good?

Join other seniors on Monday, March 9, 2015 as Patricia E Wolber, PT, M.Ed. from the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise(CPTE) shares information on how to take that first step towards a lifestyle that includes regular physical activity.

Topics  to be covered include what you need to do before starting an exercise program; the important components of an exercise program or activity that help improve your overall flexibility, balance, strength and endurance; how to choose a program that fits your needs; low/no cost ways to become more active and how to change your activity program based on the season.

The free workshop begins at 1:00pm. The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. in Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Please note that in case of wintery weather, the Senior Activity Center follows the Nashua schools closing schedule. The workshop will be rescheduled if schools are closed or there is a delayed opening on March 9.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

Past workshops have included topics on gizmos and gadgets to stay safe in your home, clutter control and hoarding, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

"Remembering Home" December Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Do you remember the introduction of Tupperware? Recall gathering around the radio? For some, all it takes is one look at a cast-iron meat grinder, and they can smell their mother’s hamburg cooking. For others, a pair of ice tongs produces visions of the ice delivery man doling out ice chips to neighborhood kids on a summer day.

Join Seniors Count on Monday, December 10, 2014 for a special “Remembering Home” workshop designed to stir up conversations about home, housework, food, entertainment and communication.

Bringing together a collection of 20th Century objects and images that invoke memories of everyday life, the facilitator will provide historical context while inviting participants to share their memories in this friendly workshop environment. The objects are universal because they invoke memories of everyday life – memories we might not even know we have. Some of these memories are preserved at the end of the workshop in personalized “I Am From” poems, a creative writing activity.

“Remembering Home” is presented by Historic New England, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation.

The free workshop will be held at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. at 1:00pm. Senior Center membership is not required to attend.

Please note that in case of wintery weather, the Senior Activity Center follows the Nashua schools closing schedule. The workshop will be rescheduled if schools are closed or there is a delayed opening on December 8.

Advance registration for the workshop is strongly suggested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the Senior Activity Center. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Programs are filmed by Nashua’s Education Channel 99 and can be viewed on the station or on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Additional support for the workshops is provided by Southern New Hampshire Services; ServiceLink Resource Center; the Nashua Public Library; and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.

"Caring for your pet as you age" topic of Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – As we get older, caring for a beloved pet can become more difficult as physical changes affect our ability to take our pet for a walk or lean over to clean a litter box.

The November Senior Count workshop, scheduled for Monday, November 10 will offer tips and strategies to make caregiving easier on you so you can enjoy the companionship of your furry best friend.

Presented by Christine Schlupf, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services for the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, the workshop will feature examples of products available that make tasks easier. The discussion will be an open dialogue to generate resources and ideas in order to make the physical aspect of caring for a pet easier so you can maintain and enjoy the companionship of your pet.

The free workshop will be held at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. at 1:00pm. Senior Center membership is not required to attend.

Advance registration for the workshop is strongly suggested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the Senior Activity Center. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Programs are filmed by Nashua’s Education Channel 99 and can be viewed on the station or on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Additional support for the workshops is provided by Southern New Hampshire Services; ServiceLink Resource Center; the Nashua Public Library; and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.

“Clash of the Cupcakes” names Benson's Bakery of Hudson “Best Cupcake 2014” winner

They came…they clashed…and they were delicious. Benson's Bakery & Cafe of Hudson was recognized as the “Best Cupcake 2014” at the “Clash of the Cupcakes” held recently at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. The winning entry was a entitled "Mischief." It was a blackberry mead cupcake filled with blackberry curd and finished with honey Italian buttercream. READ MORE.
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