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Memorial Park tennis courts closed until further notice

LACONIA — The tennis courts at Memorial Park off Lindsey Court will be closed for reconstruction effective today and will remain closed until further notice.

According to the city Parks and Recreation Department, the area in one court that is continually flooded will be patched, the cracks will be filled and new posts will be put in. Then the entire surface will be repainted and lined.

For more information, please contact Laconia Parks & Recreation at 524-5046.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:00

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Free holistic health classes in Laconia

GILFORD — Brian Paterson, ND, LAC, a Naturopathic Doctor at LRGHealthcare's Holistic Health Center at Hillside Medical Park in Gilford, will be offering free classes through the Laconia Adult Education Program this fall.

Tuesday, September 30th will be a one night program on an introduction to acupuncture from 7:00-8:30 pm. Tuesday, October 7th, will be the opening of a 6 week program called "Holistic Routes to Healthy Living." Anyone interested in attending these programs may contact Peggy Selig at Laconia Adult Education to register at 524-5712.

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of health care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient's condition rather than focus solely on symptomatic treatment.

Dr. Paterson has been affiliated with LRGHealthcare since 2002. Naturopathic Doctors use a variety of natural and non-invasive therapies, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and therapy. The result is a patient centered approach that strives to provide the most appropriate treatment for an individual's needs.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 08:50

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Franklin Hospital participating in Fall Prevention Awareness Day

FRANKLIN — Franklin Regional Hospital is participating in the National Falls Free Initiative declaring September 23, 2014, Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.

This year's theme, Strong Today – Falls Free® Tomorrow, highlights the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

LRGHealthcare offers seniors programs in order to maintain their livelihood. LRGHealthcare is proud to have been one of 24 hospitals chosen nationally to implement BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions) and is the only healthcare organization in the country with the Almost Home Program. The Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) created BOOST to improve patient care as they transition from hospital to home. The Almost Home Program provides patient education in a home-like environment where patients can practice the skills needed to care for themselves at home.

"Through BOOST and other patient improvement programs, LRGHealthcare can reassure our older patients and their loved ones that when they are ready to return home, it will be without a high risk of falling," stated Gloria Thorington, Director of Medical Safety and Health Management.

Deb Clarke, Director of Patient Care Services at FRH shared a combination of interventions that can significantly reduce falls among older adults:

· A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.

· Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.

· Having medications reviewed periodically.

· Getting eyes checked annually.

· Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

· Having an annual hearing assessment.

In conjunction with BOOST and Almost Programs, the nursing staff at Franklin Regional Hospital will be raising awareness for fall prevention by wearing yellow on September 23.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 08:36

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Lake Winnipesaukee Museum to hear about black bears on Wednesday

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a lecture, "Black Bear Happenings in NH" on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

This presentation will explore the natural history of our native black bears, current research being done on black bears in New Hampshire, and how this powerful species is managed in the Granite State. You'll learn some intriguing facts about bears, including how the quality of habitat affects bear productivity and how food provided by humans can affect that natural balance. You'll also hear about the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, now in its 75th year, which makes wildlife management work possible. Examples of a bear skin and scrapings will be on display.

This event is free to the public. Call 366-5950 to RSVP. We are located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 08:31

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