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“Hoarding & Cluttering” topic of October Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Is there a difference between cluttering and hoarding? What can be done…and how can family members work together to provide help and support when hoarding has taken control of a loved one’s life?

The October Seniors Count workshop will feature a general discussion of the reasons people hoard and how to help them through the de-cluttering and/or de-hoarding process. Through actual case files, this session with review the  most commonly hoarded items and the reasons individuals feel the need to hold on to them – even though the ramifications can be grave.

The presentation will also include proven methods, strategies and techniques to elicit cooperation and collaboration with the individual, the family members, the caregivers and the community at large. Time will be set aside for questions and answers.

The free workshop will be held at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. on Monday, October 20. It begins at 1:00pm.

Workshop presenter is Ray Mailloux, president of Community House Calls.

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 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.

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