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“Do Your Kids a Favor…and Take Control of Your Possessions” topic of Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Possessions can be a comfort but quickly become a burden when life changes unexpectedly. How to proactively reduce clutter while preserving memories is the theme of the next Seniors Count workshop.

The free workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 9 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. It begins at 1:00pm.

The presentation will offer practical resources for seniors who desire to reduce accumulated possessions but don’t know where to begin. It will include critical questions to ask for letting go of things and suggestions for including family members in the process.

Workshop presenter is Carol-Martin Ward, owner of Practical Organizing Solutions.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. 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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

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.

Seniors Count-Nashua workshop covers high teach ways to communicate with family and friends

NASHUA – Keeping in touch with family and friends is easier when you are comfortable with tools like email, text messaging, Facebook and Skype. In the latest in its series of free workshops, Seniors Count-Nashua offers information about each of these communications tools, what they are, what each is used for and what technology they work on.

The presentation-only-format workshop will provide participants with ideas to try on their own devices when they get home.

Naomi Schoenfeld, Associate Professor of Education at Rivier University will present the free workshop on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The workshop begins at 1:00pm.

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

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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

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.

Past workshops have included topics on managing money in tight times, senior driving issues, gizmos and gadgets to stay safe in your home, clutter control and being a grandparent in the 21st Century. All programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs are broadcast Mondays at 1:00pm and can be viewed 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.

CATCH Healthy Habits improves health of children and seniors

CATCH Healthy Habits, presented in Manchester by SNHS’ Volunteer Services Department, is celebrating the addition of five new volunteers as it starts its new program year. CATCH (Coordinated Approach for Child Health) is funded through the Wellpoint Foundation, which is known locally as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. It is active in Manchester through a partnership between the OASIS Institute and Southern New Hampshire Services. The goal of CATCH Healthy Habits is to improve the health and wellbeing of children in kindergarten through grade five and adults age 50 and older while fostering positive intergenerational relationships. The program also increases community engagement through volunteerism. Volunteer teams of 2-4 adults present a series of lessons that involve a healthy snack, nutrition education and fun physical activities in once-a-week one hour sessions. Since the program began in 2011, CATCH Healthy Habits has served over 200 children and 17 adult volunteers. Locations where the program is active include the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, SNHS Head Start, Beech Street School, and Families in Transition. McDonough Elementary School was recently added as a program site. The CATCH Healthy Habits program is being implemented at the school as part of the 21st Century afterschool program. New Hampshire ranks as the 28th most obese state in the nation; CATCH Healthy Habits works to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in both adults and children to help combat the rise in obesity. CATCH Healthy Habits is currently recruiting additional volunteers to allow it to expand the program to other Manchester locations. Volunteers, age 50 or better, who participate in the program are trained and encouraged to participate in other forms of healthy activities outside those that occur within the program. Those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to contact Elise Jordan, CATCH Healthy Habits Program Coordinator, by phone at 603-634-1169 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RSVP Bone Builders volunteer training scheduled

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Bone Builders, is currently recruiting volunteer leaders for its popular osteoporosis exercise program.

A leader training workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Davidson Landing II, 145 Ledge St., Nashua.

No prior experience is necessary and the workshop and all classes are offered free of charge. Once trained, instructors are asked to lead classes twice a week at designated sites.

Anyone interested in taking the training to become a volunteer instructor should call Dee Martin, Volunteer Service Director at (603) 668-8010 to reserve a place in the workshop.

RSVP is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

Currently offered in six locations in Nashua and Manchester, additional trained leaders will allow the RSVP Bone Builders program to expand to additional Hillsborough County locations.

RSVP Bone Builders relies upon weight training to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength and bone density. A balance component is designed to avoid fractures that often result from this disorder.

Call Dee Martin at (603) 668-8010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

"Forgetfulness: When should I be concerned?" workshop scheduled

NASHUA – As we age, it’s easy to be concerned when we experience those little memory lapses, when we forget a name, the location of simple items and directions.  When should we be concerned about dementia? What exactly is dementia? And what can I do to prepare for the future if I do get diagnosed with dementia?

Join Peggy Dorson, local Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, at the April 14 Seniors Count workshop for information and answers to questions concerning dementia. Specializing in Dementia Care, Dorson has over 25 years’ experience in the field. She presents workshops around New England educating seniors and caregivers on best practice for dementia care.

The workshop is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street. It begins at 1:00pm.

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.

In case of inclement 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 April 14.

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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

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. All programs have been 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.

“Getting Started with Genealogy” Seniors Count-Nashua workshop

NASHUA – Curious about who came before you on your family tree…but don’t know where to start looking for information? The March Seniors Count Workshop will offer information and tips for those who want to start researching their family history.

Topics to be covered include what resources are available, how to document your findings and how to keep everything organized. Ideas on what to do if you run up against a dead end or “brick wall” will also be shared.

Workshop presenter is Linda Taggart, Supervisor of Reference Series for the Nashua Public Library. She will offer information on the resources available at the library and provide workshop attendees with the tools they need to start their own family “treasure hunt.”

The workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street. It begins at 1:00pm.

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.

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 10.

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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

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. All programs have been 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.

RSVP Receives Funding for Hillsborough County Senior Volunteers

Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) announced that they were awarded a grant to support senior volunteer activities from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS).

The funds were awarded as part of a competitive grant process for RSVP, one of three Senior Corps programs administered by CNCS. Established in 1971, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy.

“Our Hillsborough County volunteers are helping to transform the lives of the people they serve in a variety of ways,” said Dee Martin, SNHS’ volunteer services director. “They provide critical disaster assistance, move people toward financial independence, make a difference for local youth by assisting in classrooms, help seniors improve their quality of life by helping keep them safe and secure in their own homes, and help veterans transition into civilian life.

The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well,” she said.

This grant is one of 175 RSVP awards provided to volunteer organizations across the country to support senior volunteer activities in areas including education and veterans and military families.

Signature SNHS RSVP programs include RSVP Bone Builders, the RSVP Fixit Corps. CATCH Healthy Habits, the Pen Pal Program and Thresholds and Decisions. The program involves over 424 seniors in Hillsborough County.

In addition to Martin, RSVP staff includes Lyn Collins, Program Coordinator for Manchester area and Nick Copadis, Program Coordinator for the Nashua area.

“How to hire in-home services” subject of February Seniors Count-Nashua workshop

NASHUA – Staying independent as long as possible is a goal for most adults. As individuals age, remaining at homes becomes more difficult, and assistance with certain activities is often needed. Many resources exist to provide a variety of in-home care services.

How to locate these services and determine which type of care is best for your family’s situation is the subject of the February Seniors Count-Nashua workshop. Offering information on the types of care available, who provides these services and the questions you should ask a potential care provider will be workshop presenters, Lynn Eaton of ServiceLink and Bruce Angus from the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.

The workshop is scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2014 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street. It begins at 1:00pm.

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.

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 February 10.

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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

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. All programs have been 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.

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