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“How to Beat the Winter Blues” subject of January Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Studies link Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to living farther away from the equator. Many northerners feel drained, irritable and depressed in the long winter months, especially during that time following the holiday rush. Although SAD is common, it can be prevented and treated.

The January Seniors Count workshop will focus on recognizing the signs of and risk factors for SAD, what to do if you suspect that you or someone you know has SAD, and preventing and treating SAD.

The free workshop will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 beginning at 1:00pm.

Presenting the workshop will be Bernie Cameron, Coordinator of Older Adult Programs, NAMI New Hampshire.

The Nashua Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

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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 January 11.

Workshop participants are invited to come early and enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 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.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, clutter control, the importance of nutrition as you age, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. Programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

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 provide additional support for the workshops.

“Tips to Finding Unclaimed Property” subject of December Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – It is estimated that one in every ten citizens has presently unclaimed property owed to them. This property can be from savings or checking accounts, stocks, un-cashed dividends or payroll checks, refunds, trust distributions, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and other assets held by a third party owing to another individual or business.

Seniors interested in learning more about the unclaimed property program provided by the State of New Hampshire Treasury and the work done by the state’s Abandoned Property Division to get these funds back to the rightful owners are invited to attend the December Seniors Count workshop at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

The free workshop will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 beginning at 1:00pm.

Presenting the workshop will be Thomas P. McAnespie, Abandoned Property Director for the State of New Hampshire Treasury. He will be joined by a member of the Division’s Claims Representatives who will help those attending the workshop search for unclaimed property.

The presentation will also contain information on best practices for keeping funds active and not subject to unclaimed property transfer.

The Nashua Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. 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 one of a series of programs designed to provide area residents with information on resources available to them as they age.

Workshop participants are invited to come early and enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 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.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, clutter control, the importance of nutrition as you age, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. Programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

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 provide additional support for the workshops.

“Connecting Veterans to Resources & Support” subject of November Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Focus of the November Seniors Count workshop will be on how to connect to services provided to Veterans, including the new “Ask the Question” and “Veterans Independence Program” offered through the ServiceLink Resource Center.

The free workshop will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 beginning at 1:00pm.

Lisa McNamee and Gail Randlett from the ServiceLink-Hillsborough County will present the workshop.

The Nashua Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. The workshop begins at 1:00pm and is open to the public. 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 one of a series of programs designed to provide area residents with information on resources available to them as they age.

The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is providing refreshments for the workshop as a way to thank Veterans for their service.

Workshop participants are invited to come early and enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 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.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, clutter control, the importance of nutrition as you age, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. Programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

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 provide additional support for the workshops.

“Hot Topics in Elder Law” subject of October Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Legal issues can be complicated at any age, but growing older presents its own set of challenges. As we plan for our lives as retirees and beyond, knowing – and understanding – what needs to be done from a legal perspective is critical as we look towards the future.

The October Seniors Count-Nashua workshop will give area seniors the opportunity to get answers to questions they have about issues related to Elder Law.

The free workshop will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015 beginning at 1:00pm.

David R. Craig, principal of David R. Craig & Associates, is workshop presenter. Craig has been formally board certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation since 2005 (recertified in 2010, 2015). Craig is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the NH Estate Planning Council, and a founding member and past President of the NH Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

The Nashua Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St. The workshop begins at 1:00pm and is open to the public. 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 one of a series of programs designed to provide area residents with information on resources available to them as they age.

Workshop participants are invited to come early and enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 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.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, clutter control, the importance of nutrition as you age, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. Programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

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 provide additional support for the workshops.

SNHS’ Fuel Assistance Program announces application schedule for 2015-2016 heating season

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) has begun taking applications for the winter season that runs from December 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

An in-person interview is required of all applicants. All qualified households can now call to make an appointment to come to their local Southern New Hampshire Services office to apply.

“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 when there is help available.”

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 opens on December 1, 2015, providing funding is released. 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, 2016.

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.

RSVP-Cashin Senior Activity Center host Senior Wellness Event

Manchester area seniors are invited to attend a Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. The event is co-hosted by the Cashin Center and Southern New Hampshire Services.

The event will run from 11am-1:00pm. The Cashin Senior Activity Center is located at 151 Douglas St. in Manchester.

The Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo will be an interactive, fun event to promote healthy lifestyle choices, increase bone health awareness, and present information for seniors on resources available to help heat their homes.

The event will showcase several Southern New Hampshire Service programs, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Seniors Count Friendly Visitors program, Bone Builders exercise program, the RSVP Fixit Corps, and CATCH Healthy Habits. The Energy Assistance Programs and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs offered by Southern New Hampshire Services will also be featured.

Attendees will be able to taste test healthy snacks and enter to win a health and wellness gift basket.

Contact Jennifer Sanders, Volunteer Services Director at (603) 634-1169 for more information.

‘Self-Advocacy for Better Health’ subject of August 10 Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – How can you best communicate with a healthcare professional? How do you understand medical insurance and the bills you receive for health care services? What can you do to stay healthy?

These – and other questions – regarding how to get the most out of the healthcare system, will be answered through a “My Health. My Care” video series developed by the City of Nashua Division of Public Health, City of Nashua and the Community Health Improvement Plan Access to Health Care Work Group.

The videos will be presented on Monday, August 10 beginning at 1:00pm. The “Self-Advocacy for Better Health” workshop will also feature time for comments and questions.

Subjects covered through the video series include: “Learning the Basics”; “Understanding Insurance, Appointments and Billing”; “Communicating with Healthcare Professionals”; and “Staying Healthy”.

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

The free workshop is held at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua.

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

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.

Funding for the “My Health. My Care” video series was provided by the National Library of Medicine, Nashua Institutes of Health. Additional support for the project was provided by United Way of Greater Nashua and the Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council.

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.

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