LACONIA — Dr. Laura Robertson of Audiology Specialists in Laconia recently returned from a four-day conference in Orlando, Fla., and shared some of what she learned with the Foster Grandparents group at their April meeting held at the Taylor Community.
"(Robertson) spoke to the group early last winter and they thoroughly enjoyed her energy and ability to make a complex topic easy to understand. They were more than happy to have her back again", remarked Anne Sanuth, Foster Grandparents Program Coordinator.
Robertson applauded them not only for their volunteerism with program, one of four run by The Friends Program, but for staying active and connected. Foster Grandparent volunteers work with children at schools, childcare centers, Head Starts and after-school programs in central and southern New Hampshire, with those who qualify receiving a stipend in exchange.
Explaining benefits they may be unaware of, Robertson pointed out to members of the group, "A recent study showed that women in Baltimore who volunteered to help children in kindergarten, showed better walking speed, better memory function and better social connections. As Foster Grandparents, you are engaging in similar activities and, I expect, reaping the same benefits."
The group learned that mental processing ability and skills can increase into the 70s, making it possible for someone with hearing loss to compensate by figuring out words they missed. Because of this they can often hide their hearing loss from those around them. As cognitive abilities decrease with age it becomes increasingly difficult to continue to compensate in this way.
They were surprised to find that loss of memory and lack of hearing are intricately related.
"Short-term memory requires the ability to process information, but our brains can only process so much at a time. When you're relying heavily on your cognitive skills to complete the information that was missed or heard incorrectly, the capacity to process information in to memory is limited," explained Robertson.
Several in the group have at some point been care providers for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's, so they were particularly interested to hear of data indicating that Alzheimer's patients often show a decrease in forgetfulness when they start wearing hearing aids. Care providers report that, as a result, their burden is lessened within about six months of the hearing aid fitting.
Dr. Robertson has provided hearing care to residents of the Lakes Region since 1992. More information about Audiology Specialists is available at its website at or by calling 528-7700.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:36
GILMANTON — The next meeting of the Gilmanton Women's Club will be held at the home of Sally Carpenter, 481 NH Rte 140, Gilmanton, on Monday May 5 at 1:30 p.m
The Gilmanton Women's Club was formed in 1971, with a mission to raise funds for the benefit of Gilmanton's townspeople, and local organizations.
The club is delighted to welcome new members. Those who would like to learn more about the organization can contact Judy Bakos, Secretary at 267-5056, or Bernadette Gallant, President at 364-7709, and/or www.gilmantonnh.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:28
FRANKLIN — The NH Foreclosure Relief Project will be hosting a free public foreclosure clinic in Franklin on Wednesday, May 14 from 2-4 p.m. The free legal clinic will take place at Franklin Savings Bank's main office at 387 Central Street.
Homeowners who attend this free clinic will meet one-on-one with an attorney who specializes in mortgage and foreclosure cases to formulate a plan to avoid, cope with or fight foreclosure, depending on individual circumstances.
Funded by a portion of New Hampshire's share of the national mortgage settlement, the NH Foreclosure Relief Project is a collaboration of the NH Bar Association's Legal Services Department, New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:23
LACONIA — Dr. Jonathan Santore – Professor of Music Theory and Composition and Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University – will present a program entitled "A Composer in the Community," Friday, May 9 at 11 a.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building.
Doctor Santore, an accomplished composer, pianist, singer, conductor and music theorist, will discuss works he has crafted for a variety of New Hampshire ensembles and play recordings of specific examples. His compositions have engaged and excited performers and audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as winning numerous awards.
The program is part of collaboration between Meredith Village Savings Bank, Taylor Community and Plymouth State University, designed to bring educational and entertaining programs to Taylor residents and the greater Lakes Region area.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:21
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