NH Senior News: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers

August 05. 2018 11:46PM

CONCORD — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the next tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax-preparation service.

AARP says the volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions they’ve earned.

The program is seeking volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax-preparation training and IRS certification.

Last year, 292 volunteers helped more than 19,000 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at about 50 sites in the Granite State, including senior centers and libraries.

The program, which is offered in coordination with the IRS, has grown since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. It now involves 35,000 volunteers and serves more than 2.5 million taxpayers annually at nearly 5,000 sites nationwide. Taxpayers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to use Tax-Aide.

To learn about AARP volunteer opportunities, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call (888) 687-2277.

New to Medicare workshop planned at Cashin Center

MANCHESTER — The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., will host a New to Medicare workshop sponsored by ServiceLink at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

The workshop will address how to apply for Medicare and what happens after the benefits start. ServiceLink’s Medicare coordinator also will answer questions and help guide people through the intricate Medicare process.

To attend the workshop, sign up by calling ServiceLink at 644-2240.

Free hearing screenings, sponsored by Affordable Hearing, will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Monday, Aug. 27. Hearing aides also may be cleaned and minor repairs done. To sign up, go to the center’s front desk or call 624-6533.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire will offer foot clinics starting at 9 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 13 and 27, for senior center members only. The service, which costs $20, includes a foot soak, trim and file of nails, assessment of general foot health, foot care education and a referral to physicians when necessary. Diabetic patients who take anticoagulants or who have peripheral vascular disease must have a note from their physician. To schedule an appointment, call the VNA at 622-3781.

To become a senior center member, stop by weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to fill out a membership card and show proof of address.

OLLI accepting registration for next term of classes

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, known as OLLI, is accepting registration for classes offered during its summer/fall term, which will begin Monday, Aug. 13.

The classes are offered in Manchester as well as in Concord, Conway and on the Seacoast.

An online course catalog, along with more details about OLLI, can be found at https://olli.granite.edu.

OLLI has instituted changes to the registration process for both members and nonmembers.

Online registration opened last week for current members and those who intend to renew or purchase a membership. The online course listings show only the member cost of each class, which can be paid by credit card.

OLLI has set up the new procedure to resolve issues some members encountered in the pass, including confusion over membership status and a problem with some members paying the higher nonmember price.

Nonmembers should call the OLLI office at 513-1377 to learn how to register and will be charged $20 more per class than the tuition rates indicated in the paper and online class catalogs.

Those who do not wish to become members are required to register through the mail or at the OLLI Concord office, located at 25 Hall St., paying by check only.

OLLI, a member-driven, volunteer-based organization, is open to adults 50 and older. In addition to lifelong learning, it offers social events and volunteer opportunities.

AARP members offered ‘Beauty and the Beast’ deal

MANCHESTER — The Palace Theatre is offering AARP members and their guests a $10 discount on adult tickets to “Beauty and the Beast,” which will be at the downtown theater from Sept. 7 through 30. Performanes are at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. The stage version includes all of the songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The discounted tickets can be purchased online at www.palacetheatretickets.org, by calling 668-5588 or by stopping at the box office, 80 Hanover St. To receive the discount, use the code ACTIVE.

Plymouth seniors to see farming history exhibit

PLYMOUTH — A group from the Plymouth Regional Senior Center will head to the Plymouth Historical Museum & Memory House on Thursday, Aug. 16, to see the Plymouth Historical Society exhibit “Farming in Plymouth — Past and Present. Our Agricultural History from 1764 to Present.”

The group, which is limited to nine people, will leave the center at 9:15 a.m. and then visit the museum for an hour or so. To check on availability and sign up, see Robin Koczur, activity/volunteer coordinator.

In honor of National Wiggle Your Toes Day on Monday, seniors who wear flip flops or sandals will receive a raffle ticket to win a prize. National Tell a Joke Day on Thursday, Aug. 16, brings a chance to be a stand-up comedian for seniors who know a couple of good, clean, fun jokes.

The center’s book group meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. To participate, sign up one month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.

A Widows & Widowers Grief Group meets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

For more information about the center, located at 8 Depot St., call 536-1204.

Center to prescreen Aug. 16 for September vaccines

LITTLETON — Rite Aid staff will be at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, on Thursday, Aug. 16, for a free prescreening clinic that will determine if seniors are eligible for the shingles, tetanus, hepatitis B and C vaccinations and flu shots that will be available Thursday, Sept. 27. Seniors should bring their insurance cards if they have them.

The center’s Grieving Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 10 and 24. To attend, call the center at 444-6050 or stop by.

The center also has a Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, which meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Mondays of the month, with the next session set for Aug. 13. One-on-one support is available, too. For more information, call Katrine at 838-2421.

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