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Sunday Seniors: Herb-Planting Party at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover

  • Dr. Robert Fishman, a resident at Wheelock Terrace Assisted Living in Hanover, N.H., plants herbs in a raised planter on April 20, 2017, as part of activities commemorating National Gardening Month. (Courtesy photograph)



Valley News Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hanover — Seniors at a local assisted living community had a chance recently to get their hands dirty, in honor of National Gardening Month.

Wheelock Terrace residents and employees took part in the herb-planting party, on April 20. Eventually, dining staff will use the fresh herbs in the kitchen, according to a news release from the facility.

“As seniors age, it brings great meaning to their lives to connect with nature, find purpose in giving back and learn new things,” the release said. “Gardening in itself improves endurance and strength, helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis, promotes relaxation, and reduces stress levels.” It also can connect them with memories of gardening “from another chapter in their lifetime,” the release said.

Each week, organizations around the Upper Valley sponsor health clinics for senior citizens and others, along with a variety of other activities. Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

Monday

Bone Builders Exercise Group in Hartland: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The program relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density. Free. Damon Hall, 1 Quechee Road. 802-436-2336.

Foot Clinic in Charlestown: 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Provided by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. Doctor’s order required for those with diabetes or circulation problems. Call for appointment. $25. Charlestown Elderly Housing, 107 Lovers Lane Road. 603-526-4077.

Tuesday

Blood Pressure Clinic in New London: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. No appointment needed. Free. Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road. 603-526-4077.

One-on-One Advance Care Planning Appointment in Lebanon: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Discuss health care goals and wishes, how to appoint a health care agent, and ask questions about completing advance directive documents with advance care planning facilitator. Registration required. Free. Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway. 603-653-3460. agingcenter@hitchcock.org.

Clay Workshop for Seniors in South Pomfret: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. All seniors are invited to explore working with clay along with with Thompson Senior Center participants. Register for the five-week series or individual classes. $15-$65. ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road. 802 457-3500.

Blood Pressure Clinic in Newport: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Provided by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. No appointment needed. Free. Newport Senior Center, 76 S. Main St. 603-526-4077.

Foot Clinic in Claremont: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Provided by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. Doctor’s order required for those with diabetes or circulation problems. Call for appointment. $25. Marion Phillips Apartments, 243 Broad St. 603-526-4077.

Wednesday

Foot Clinic in Claremont: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Provided by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. Call for appointment. $25. Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Road. 603-526-4077.

Bone Builders Exercise Group in Hartland: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The program relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density. Free. Damon Hall, 1 Quechee Road. 802-436-2336.

Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s in Woodstock: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The program includes strategies to help families connect and communicate with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. Advance registration required. Free. Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane. 802-457-3277.

Thursday

Foot Clinic in New London: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call for appointment. $25. Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road. 603-526-4077.

Friday

Blood Pressure Clinic in Claremont: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Provided by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. No appointment needed. Free. CSB Community Center, 152 South St. 603-526-4077.

Blood Pressure Clinic in Newport: 12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Provided by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. No appointment needed. Free. Maple Manor Apartments, 44 Maple St. 603-526-4077.

For a complete list of senior centers and related organizations, go to www.vnews.com/Calendar#!/ and click on Listings.