- Dec 13th “Woody” Sponagle, Care Giver We will be talking about the new Men’s Support Group for Care Givers.
- Dec. 6th Kellie J. Pollard, Medication Bridge Coordinator along with Dave Mccue Both from SeaCare Health Services to talk about drug recycling
- Nov 22nd Thanksgiving with The Beatles Yes The Beatles. Shawn Henderson will bring his program “Stay Tuned” to the airwaves all day for his annual Thanksgiving Special. All Beatles, All Day. Incidentally if you are in the neighborhood on Thanksgiving Shawn is always in need of feeding during his marathon so drop by with some goodies for Shawn.
- Nov 15th Families First Margie Watchtel and Wanda McDonough Learn all about Families First and their “HealthCare For All” philosophy. How it got started, plans for the future and the services offered now especially for seniors.
- Nov 8th Rockingham County Community Action, Patte Ardizzoni
- Nov 1st Pre-Election Special The upcoming state elections and some pending and proposed issues that will have an impact on Seniors. Again Joanne Dowdell will be joing me and we will be talking with some State Reps. about some of the recent history of the lower chamber in Concord.
- October 25th Pre-Election Special National issues that could effect senior voting such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the continuing resolution. Joining me will be Joanne Dowdell and as panelists we have Ned Helms and Jackie Cilley.
- October 18th Kay Scott, Granite State College, Older Lifelong Learning Institute Programs from Granite State College, the OLLI program
- October 11th Becky May, Service Link Medicare, medicaid, the donut hole and more.
- October 4th Unfortunately my guest was a “no show” but these things do happen once in a while
- September 27th Dr Sastry, Orthopedist Sports Medicine Atlantic Orthopaedics Joint Replacement, Direct Anterior Hip Replacement, Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
- September 20th Paula Rais, The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Cafe, The Alzheimer’s walk (Sep.23rd).
- September 13th Peter Fifield, Families First Behavioral Medicine. Better communication with a patient, understanding the connection between mind and body.
- September 6th Adult Education, Kristie Conrad, Rockingham County Action Adult Education It is time to register for adult education classes and we will be talking about registering and what classes are available.
- August 30th Douglas Black MD. Sleep disorders. Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Nocturia and more.
- August 23rd Tom Holbrook, The River Run Bookstore Recommended books for seniors, upcoming events, specials
- August 16th Kelly Kingsbury Roskilly, Financial Planner> The need for Financial Planning and when you should start planning.
- August 9th Tricia Desrocher, Northeast Rehabilitation Health Network Talking about Strokes, how to try and avoid them, recognize them when the occur and the rehabilitation needed after them.
- August 2nd Susan Antkowiak, VP of Regional Programs Alzheimer’s Assoc. The Portsmouth Alzheimer’s Walk, Alzheimer’s Cafes, advances in “treatment” and maybe about the immune system therapy.
Also this week an update on Frauds and Scams broughht to you by the AARP Fraud Squad
- July 26th Julie Stone of Home Instead Home Safety. We discussed how to make the home safer and easier to navigate. Some tips on Home Safety here
- July 19th Jeremy Potter, Pharmacist Polypharmacy, Generics, Medicare Part ‘D’ and other questions you should ask your Pharmacist. Podcast here
- July 12th Douglas McNutt Associate State Director – Advocacy AARP New Hampshire Covered the pending State Legislation and how it might effect seniors. Podcast here
- July 5th Meals on Wheels. Caren Gallagher, Site Manager of Portsmouth Area Meals on Wheels Podcast here
- June 28th Seniors Food Banks. Diane Giesa Director of the Seacoast Family Food Pantry .
- June 21st Mary Ann Wilson Mary Ann Wilson of Sit and Be Fit Sit and Be Fit is an Exercise program that airs on PBS Nationwide. More information can be found at their website.
- June 14th Elder Abuse June 15th is Elder Abuse Day and so we will be talking with A Safe Place in Portsmouth, NH about the rising incidences of Elder Abuse, the causes, what can be done and places to call for help. To contact A Safe Place you may call their emergency crisis phone line 800-854-3552 free of charge
- June 7th Birgit Christiansen Traveling Seniors, the problems and how to solve them, the best places to visit, navigating the travel restrictions imposed since 9/11
- May31st Downsizing The second of the two part series on Downsizing
- May 24th Downsizing The first of a two part program on Downsizing
- May 17th Linda Griebsch Linda is Director of the Joan G Lovering Health Center in Greenland and we will be talking about STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) safe sex, and senior dating. This is the second of our two part series on Senior Dating and Sexuality. Along with Linda will be Brigit Ordway STD Clinic Director.
- May 10th 3 Guests Three people were in studio talking about dating as a senior, their experiences, pitfalls and amusing anecdotes. This was the first of our two part series on Senior Dating and Sexuality. We played some “dating” music from the 1950s when many of us were first dating. Some Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and, of course, that guy called Elvis. Lots of good fun.
- May 3rd Nicole Finitsis from NH Senior Companions
- April 26th Harold Moldoff Harold is a volunteer with the AARP NH Consumer ProtectionSpeakers Bureau. We will be talking about scams, frauds, identity theft and the such like.
- April 19 th Steve Little:Steve provides testing, hearing evaluation, repairs of all types and ages of hearing aids, fitting and sales of the latest digital hearing technology, he is a resource for alternative listening devices (other things to help you hear other that hearing aids). Steve does home visits and is a representative of the Hear Now Foundation to serve those in need of hearing aids and that are financially unable to purchase them. I am a dispenser for NH Vocational Rehab referrals.
- April 12th Paula Rais: Children’s Museum Dover. We will be talking about Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer Café. Alzheimer Café is a monthly gathering at the children’s museum of people diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, their families and care partners in a supportive, non-clinical setting to chat and enjoy refreshments and socialize. also appearing with Paula will be Mary Boucher, Alzheimer’s Care Center Director from Landgon Place in Dover.
- April 5th Carol Selsberg: Carol is with The Seacoast Active Retirement Association. More about the ARA can be found by clicking here. Along with Carol will be ARA Board Member, Jean Shula and our President Bob Hylen and his wife, Gayle.
- March 29th Dr John Hopkins:
- March 22nd George Helwig: Reverse Mortgages. George is Director of Education and Counseling at CATCH. George is responsible for overseeing all homeownership education, financial fitness training, and housing counseling. George spent over twenty five years as a consumer and mortgage banker before entering the affordable housing field. Prior to coming to CATCH he worked for the Laconia Area Community Land Trust in several capacities including home buyer education; deputy director and housing developer. He also has experience in small business consulting and credit counseling.
- March 15th Karl Jakobs: Hospice resource Specialist from Wentworth Homecare.Karl is an advocate and educator for end of life support and resources. A great resource for information about palliative care can be found here
Some other resources you might find useful:
- Non Theist Palliative/Hospice care
- Get Palliative Care Organization
- Center for Medicare Advocacy
- Center for Palliative Care
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- International Assoc. for Hospice and Palliative Care
- End of life care resources
March 8th Joanne Dowdell: Legislative Issues. Joanne is the Democratic candidate for Congress. More about Joanne can be found here
March 1st Esther Kennedy: Portsmouth City Councillor. We will be talking about Wentworth Connections and other issues concerning Seniors in the City of Portsmouth, NH.
On February 23rd Our guest was Susan Turner from the New HAmpshire State Committee on Aging
Feb 16th our guest was Lynn-Del. Lynn-Del is the manager of the Salvation Army store on Rte 1 So. Portsmouth. The Salvation Army store is, on Feb 21st starting a program offering 50% discount on most merchandise to Seniors on a weekly basis. More on that exciting news during Seniors Magazine on Feb. 16th at 7am.
Lynn-Del has lived in Portsmouth since graduating from college. Before that she lived in Kittery from the age of 6 and graduated from Traip Academy. She has 3 grown children.
Lynn-Del has been a Rotarian for 17 years…sat on the board, chaired the International committee and has done two mission trips to Mexico. One through Rotaplast, repairing Cleft lips and cleft palates for infants and children and the other, after writing a grant through Rotary International, building water cistern in the mountains of south central Mexico.
On a local level she has been on the board of Compass Care, an adult day care program at the Parrott Ave Senior center, served as board member for the UNH Cooperative Extension, chaired the Blessing of the Fleet and was President for New Franklin PTO.
Here are few websites that list discounts nationwide and some that are lists of lists.
- Frugal Living
- Senior Discounts. Beware some of the places listed may require membership…read carefully
- Get a $10 Lifetime Senior Pass to U.S. National Parks
- Wake Up Healthy
- Gift Card Granny!
Remember, if you do not get offered a discount ask for one.
On February 9th our guest will be Pat Viegel of Interim HealthCare.
Interim HealthCare provides in-home support to seniors as well as adults and children with disabilities. We work together with families to come up with creative solutions to ensure quality of life and dignity at home.
Pat has been part of the Interim HealthCare family for 21 years. With a background in social work and over 20 years in the home care industry Pat is uniquely qualified to understand the needs and concerns of families face when choosing care for a loved one at home. Pat and her team of nurses create customized care plans for each patient and are adept at indentifying solutions to challenging situations. Pat’s newest endeavour is launching a Medicare-certified home care program to bring choice to patients on the Seacoast who require skilled nursing and therapies.
On January 19th our guest was Rebecca “Becky” May Director of Rockingham County Service Link. ServiceLink Resource Centers are trusted places in your community to get answers about healthcare and other services for older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers.
Established in 2000, ServiceLink is a statewide network of locally administered community-based resources for seniors, adults with disabilities and their families. ServiceLink is a free information, referral and assistance service with local offices in 13 communities and with many satellite offices throughout New Hampshire. ServiceLink answers questions and connects users to the appropriate services that support healthy and independent living.
On January 12th our guest was Julie Stone of Home Instead and we will be talking, in the main, about the 40/70 dilemma. 40/70 is about children, colloquially known as the “Me” generation, now, in a role reversal, looking after some of the needs of their “Baby Boomer” parents.
Julie is Developmental Director of the independently owned Portsmouth branch of Home Instead, a nationally franchised corporation. She has worked in the geriatric field for some 15 years after attaining her Masters Degree in Social Work of the University of New Hampshire.
Julie currently serves on the Seacoast “Seniors Count” Committee and has been involved in the New Hampshire Elder Abuse Advisory Council, Seacoast Hospice Ethics Council, New Hampshire Legislative Committee for Long Term Care Rates and was a guest speaker at the National Conference for Alliance of Information and Referral Systems.
Click here for more on Julie and Home Instead
Here is a list of resources and support systems that will be helpful to those that are caring for a parent or may soon be caring for a parent.
- The Family Caregiver Alliance
- The National Alliance for Caregiving
- Strength For Caring
- Administration on Aging
- Family Caregiving 101
- Lots Of Helping Hands
This article by Jonathon Rauch in The Atlantic Letting Go of My Father is certainly well worth reading no matter what stage of the care giving process you may be in. It is inspiring but very reality based.
Nov 29th Brinn Chute, New Seniors Services Coordinator Along with Brinn will be Rus Wilson, Portsmouth Rec. Director, Mary Ann List from the Portsmouth Public Library and David Moore Public Outreach at the Rec Dept. they will all be here to talk about the exciting new plans for Seniors Services in Portsmouth. Be sure to read Lavinia’s Post on Services for Seniors Around The Globe