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— The Active Retirement Association (ARA) offers programs reflecting the many interests of people 50+ years old, retired or not. Please join us to meet new friends, sample delicious refreshments, and learn more about the ARA and its upcoming activities at our October General Meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m., at the Durham Evangelical Church (lower level), 114 Dover Road (Route 108), Durham. The program will feature Dr. Cory Smith discussing “Human Trafficking and the Child Migrant Crisis in the Americas.”
— AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course at the Sunrise Sunset Activity Center, 2 Terrace Drive, Newmarket, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m., to 4:15 p.m. This refresher course could save you money on your automobile insurance. Call your insurance company to see if you qualify for any discounts. The course will cover defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road, how to deal with aggressive drivers and how to safely navigate in adverse weather. Advance Registration is Required, Call Jim Tierney at 292-6847. Cost is $15/members and $20 for non-members.
— The Alzheimer’s Association is presenting a workshop to cover the basic information on Alzheimer's and related dementias, on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-6:30 a.m., at Wiggins Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham.
— Coffee and refreshments: with Neighborhood Network. Enjoy coffee, refreshments and conversation about how Neighborhood Network helps navigate the new realities that come with aging. Chat about a program that allows you to remain independent, socially active and have peace of mind and a sense of security. Held on the first and last Wednesdays of the month, at 10:30 a.m., at the Baldwin Center at the York Housing Authority, 4 Pine Grove Lane, York, Maine.
— Caregiver Group: Offered by Families First Health & Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, the first Thursday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. For any individual or family who is managing the care of a loved one with dementia, either at home or in a care community. Meetings are run by trained volunteer Dick Chamberlain and Families First social worker Cindi Shanley. There is no cost to attend. To learn more, call Chamberlain at 642-8758, or drop into the next session. Families First is located on the lower level of the Community Campus building.
— Alzheimer Support Group: held monthly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the last Tuesday, at Langdon Place of Portsmouth, 188 Jones Ave., in the game room. Light refreshments are served. All welcome. For information or to reserve seating, call Trudy Cesare at 431-2530.
— Younger Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group: This 90-minute group provides emotional and social support for caregivers of those with younger onset dementia (under age 65). Group members help one another develop methods and skills to maintain their own physical and emotional health, as well as optimal care for their loved ones. Meetings held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. monthly at Extended Family, 1000 Market St. Building 1 Suite 104, Portsmouth, on the third Tuesday.
— Active Retirement Association: Offers programs reflecting the many interests of people 50+ years old, retired or not, in the Maine-New Hampshire-Massachusetts Greater Seacoast area. Meet new friends and take in lectures, discussion groups, films, cultural tours, walks/hikes, classes, special interest groups, and much more. Annual membership $50. For information, visit www.unh.edu/ara or contact Carol Caldwell at 343-1004 or email@example.com.
— Portsmouth Senior Activity Center: 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth. Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Yarn Works! Knitting Group. Bring your knitting, crochet, cross stitch, needlepoint, latch hook, or whatever your project. Sit and create while chatting with others. Free; drop in anytime. Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Drop in Art. Each week create a fun take home project. Projects include painting a little bird house and painting a flower scene on canvas. No experience with painting needed. Free; no reservations needed, just drop in. Fourth Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m.: Senior Movie Days. Bring your lunch or buy lunch in the cafe. Free. No reservations needed, just show up. Residents and non-residents welcome. Every Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday Café. Start the weekend off with Keurig coffee of your choice, tea and snacks followed by a walk (optional) and cribbage and cards (optional). Or just keep sipping your coffee. Free; no reservations needed, just drop in. Residents and non-residents welcome to all events listed here. For details, call 610-4433 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
— Great Bay Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 10 a.m.every Monday at the Masonic Temple , 351 Middle St., Portsmouth. Refreshments available. Bring your lunch. Call 436-8357.
— Senior Luncheons at the Community Campus: Lunches take place on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of the month. Soup, salad, sandwich & dessert are served for $5.Lunch is served at noon, but guests are welcome to arrive as early as 10 a.m. to chat and socialize in the senior activity center. Luncheons take place at Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth.
— Southeastern Retired Educators Association: meets in October, November, April and May. The programs feature entertainment, lunch and a short business meeting. A scholarship from the group is awarded each year to a high school graduate planning a career in education. For information, call Mary Ann Jenness at 679-8395.
— Kiwanis Club of the Seacoast: Meets 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth. Kiwanis is a global service organization of volunteers dedicated to improving one child and one community at a time. (207) 439-9292, www.seacoastkiwanis.com, www.facebook.com.
— The Northeast Prime Time Club: offers trips for all seniors in the Seacoast. Annual membership is $10. All trips include tax, tips, transportation, tickets and meals. Call the Portsmouth office at 422-9869 to make reservations or for information.
— Drop-in Program for Seniors: Each week create a fun take home project. Projects include painting a little bird house and painting a flower scene on canvas. All under the instruction of an art instructor. No experience with painting needed, just a fun hour of art. Every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. at the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center This event is free; no reservations needed, just drop in.
— Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College: offers a wide variety of short courses, classes and trips for New Hampshire residents age 50 and over. It is “Learning for the Fun of It!” with no tests, no grades and no requirements for prior classroom experience. Annual membership is $40. For details, call 513-1377 or e-mail: email@example.com. Visit www.olli.granite.edu.
— Kittery Lions Club: Meets at 6 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Kittery Lions Club building, State Road, Kittery, Maine. Call Gordon Moore at (207) 439-0726.
— Seacoast Fun Bridge Group: plays at Kittery Estate, 220 State St., Kittery, from 7 to 10 p.m., the first and third Fridays of the month. All players who enjoy the game are welcome. Cost: $1. Contact Charlotte Cross at (207) 363-7712.
— Kittery Recreation Department: is taking registrations for upcoming trips. All registrations must be done at the Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common, 120 Rogers Road, or online at kitteryrec.recware.com. Call (207) 439-3800 or visit www.kittery.org for information. Trips are for adults 55 and older. Mahjong: 9-11 a.m. Thursdays, Kittery Community Center, Small Senior Room. Free. Cribbage: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Kittery Community Center, Small Senior Room. Free.
— York Senior Center: 36 Main St., York, Maine. Visit www.yorkmaine.org, e-mail Janis Marshall-Colby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 363-1036, Ext. 6911.
— Bone Builders Exercise class: Bone Builders is held from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays with instructors Jeanne Russell, Betty Gilman and Lezlye Shea. Suggested donation: $2. No membership required. At Spinnaker Point Recreation Center, 30 Spinnaker Way, Portsmouth. When you enter the building the person at the front desk will direct you to the room.
— Fit Over 50: Aerobic exercise for more “mature” folks, held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday and Wednesday in the Spinnaker Point gymnasium, provides fit folks over 50 the opportunity to work all major muscles groups via low-impact, cardio exercise instruction. The class provides a thorough 10 minute warm-up followed by 20 minutes of active, low impact movement. Balance work to enhance cognition and prevent falling finishes out the class. Big Band, music of the 50’s and instrumental, up-beat jazz provide the soundtrack to this social, dedicated group. Class fee: $5/member or non-member Spinnaker-pay as you enter. Class taught by certified Senior Fitness instructor Katy Brandin, master teacher working in the Seacoast fitness industry since 1989.
— Strength & Stretch: offered from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays/Fridays in the Spinnaker aerobics room, guides participants through different resistance training exercises using weights, tubing and body weight. Excellent for enhancing strength, building bone, and decreasing the possibility of falls, this class offers a 5-10 minute warm-up followed by 30 minutes of resistance work, adapted by individuals according to their level of fitness. A calming stretch completes the class. Great for those new to weight training or those seeking an instructor-led program. Class fee: $5/member or non-member of Spinnaker — pay as you enter. Call 766-1483. Class taught by certified Senior Fitness instructor Katy Brandin, master teacher working in the Seacoast fitness industry since 1989.
— Priority One Fitness TV show: ‘Getting Started’ series airs from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Monday-Friday, on Comcast channel 98 in Portsmouth-New Castle. This Priority One series was created for seniors and those who are new, or returning, to fitness. Getting Started offers basic, low-impact moves and simple routines. Designed to be “just enough” for those at home who are looking for a low intensity exercise program that is practical for most all levels fitness. A great option for beginning a weight loss program as well as for senior fitness, Getting Started removes the barrier to entry. Support public television by tuning in to Getting Started each weekday morning. For information, visit www.priorityone.us.
— Portsmouth Senior Activity Center: Chair Yoga at 1 p.m. Tuesdays by Jeanne Russell. Free. A 1-hour yoga class in a seated position or using the chair for support. Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. Wednesdays by Sherry Evans. Free. A mat-based yoga program but at a slower and more gentle pace. Use of a chair is optional. Walking from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays around the gym at Community Campus. Free. Tai Chi at 10 a.m. Fridays with Jane Fithian. Free. Join this easy-going tai chi class for increased balance, flexibility and relaxation. Game room with ping pong open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free. Mediation at 9 a.m. Wednesdays with Sharon Rhodes. Free. For all fitness activities: Reservation are not required and drop-ins are welcome. Residents and non-residents are welcome. For information, call 610-4433 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. The Portsmouth Senior Activity Center is located at 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth.
— Indoor walking Loop: The Kittery Community Center has an indoor walking loop that is free and open to the public. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The center is located at 120 Rogers Road. Call (207) 439-3800.
— Rumble Tumble: Bring Your Grandparent To Play Days. Get the grandkids and enter public play every Monday or Tuesday. Cost is $6 per child. Adults always free. 95 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth. www.rumbletumblegym.com, 427-5437.
— Clipper Harbor Home: 188 Jones Ave., monthly foot clinics, blood pressure clinics and diabetic support group in Langdon Place at SunBridge. Seacoast VNA provides clinics. Erica Eddows, 431-2530, ext. 26.
— Meals on Wheels Senior Dining in Portsmouth: serves luncheons Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Heights Housing, 40 Bedford Way, Portsmouth. Suggested donation $2/meal. Reservations required by calling 431-0561 by 9:30 a.m. day before. MOW always in need of volunteers daily, 8 a.m. to noon, to help in packaging meals for homebound, setting tables and clean-up.
— Foot care clinic: at the Senior Activity Center. Cornerstone VNA is on site on the second Monday of the month starting at 10 a.m. Cost: $25 per person. Call 610-4433 to reserve your spot. Drop ins welcome between 10 and 11 a.m.; first come first served. Free coffee and tea available.
— A panel of five local experts: gathered at The Music Hall Loft in the fall in Portsmouth, to discuss a broad spectrum of issues and the importance of making future plans for ourselves and our loved ones. The panel included moderator, Virginia Prescott of NHNPR, Nancy Euchner of Agequest, Dr. Sarah MacDuffie of Appledore Medical Group, Atty. Andrea Daly of McLane Law Firm, Barbara Bates Sedoric of LastingMatters, and Cathleen Toomey of RiverWoods CCRC.Their topics include health care, advance directives, living in community, trusts and estates, funeral planning and more. This informative discussion is followed by an insightful audience Q and A. This event, “Navigating the Next Chapter” is rebroadcast in its entirety, on Portsmouth Public Media TV local Comcast channel 98 (or live on www.ppmtvnh.org/live) at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m. Sunday through the end of the year. Also watch it anytime on www.somuchforseniors.comhome page.
— ServiceLink: A New Hampshire source for information about aging, chronic illness, adult disabilities and care giving. Staff and volunteers are available to answer questions regarding: transportation, health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, in-home care, housing, legal planning, health issues, financial matters, prescription drug assistance and more. ServiceLink also offers cell phones for seniors or disabled individuals (911 calls only). Call ServiceLink at 334-6594 (Portsmouth office) or (866) 634-9412 (toll free), visit the office at 30 International Drive, Suite 202, in Portsmouth or www.rockinghamservicelink.com.
— New Hampshire Senior Companions: volunteer within their communities visiting socially isolated and frail seniors or adults with disabilities. They enable those they visit to live independently by helping with errands, providing transportation to medical appointments, encouraging exercise, assisting with simple tasks, giving supportive friendship, and providing respite for caregivers. If you would like to have these services for a loved one, or want to join the program, call (800) 856-5525 or 225-3295.