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ENH NEWSLETTER-JULY 2018 ENGAGING NH NEWS GUEST OPINION: What Wisdom Will Real strength comes from your head and your heart You Pass Along? Valerie Testa Almquist on a quiz show the same as I can recall th
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  ENH   N EWSLETTER  -J ULY 2018 ………………………………………………………………   1    July 2018 Volume 12, # 7 B OARD OF D IRECTORS   Richard Crocker Meredith, NH Carol Currier Concord, NH Peg Leighton Hillsborough, NH Marge McClellan Berlin, NH Don Rabun Hillsborough, NH Barbara Salvatore Bedford, NH Maida Sengupta Nashua, NH Roger Vachon Concord, NH    G UEST O PINION :   What Wisdom Will You Pass Along? Valerie Testa Almquist   I can recall the curiosity my boys displayed as toddlers when pointing at objects they didn’t recognize. My older son would always ask twice, “What’s that? What’s that?” My younger son would go for the record asking,  “Why?” As soon as an explana-tion was given, he’d throw at us another, “Why?” Between my late twenties and mid-forties, I was able to an-swer their difficult homework problems with ease. Watching a quiz show the other night, it occurred to me there’s a lot of information not stored in my memory bank. Perhaps the information was never deposited in the first place. These topics were never taught to me, and I didn’t have enough of an inter-est to seek out the material. Another explanation is life con-tinues filling my brain with more important details and experi-ences from which I seek solu-tions during challenging times. I’ve made it close to fifty-eight years dealing with life’s ups and downs, solving and preventing problems at home and work, raising children and managing a home. Is recalling a multitude of facts about a myriad of subjects on a quiz show the same as possessing wisdom? Lately, I’ve been researching my ancestors and learning from their journeys. My great-grandparents, and both grand-fathers immigrated to America; the men began working as la-borers. The highest level of ed-ucation attained by one of my grandfathers was 7th grade. In his golden years, he went on to become a supervisor at a major automobile company. He was a very bright man, learned quickly and devised solutions to many problems. He demonstrated how EngAGING NH 9 Gleneagle Drive Bedford, NH engagingnh@gmail.com www.engagingnh.org     E NG AGING NH NEWS  In this Issue   NH Updates page 2 From Our Readers 4 Focus on Community 5 News You Can Use 9 Health & Wellness 14 Dollars & Sense 14 Tech Tips 17 Laugh & Live Longer 17 Purposeful Living 18 Board Notes 19 NH Legislative Contacts 18 Real strength comes from your head and your heart     ENH   N EWSLETTER  -J ULY 2018 ………………………………………………………………   2   potential, ingenuity and in-valuable experience in-creases with age. His wife lived to 103-years-old; her faith impressed me most. Although she lost her mother as a young girl, and her only son when he was three, my grandmoth-er prayed the Rosary daily. When she was 82-years-old, I had surgery and re-mained in bed for three months. She stayed with me during the day keeping my spirits up, emptying my bedpans, and serving meals. Her knees were swollen from arthritis, but she cared for me proving strength transcends age because it comes from the heart. A lesson imbedded in my memory, which I pass along. Why in my fifties is this need to learn about my an-cestors so important? I’m a spiritual person and believe their energy, or spirit, re-mains with me. It’s unfor-tunate I didn’t ask my grandparents more ques-tions when they were alive. What was it like for their families immigrating here in the early 1900s? How did faith impact their lives? Why did their fami-lies choose to settle in Newark, New Jersey? The strength and wealth of in-formation stored inside these gems are priceless. Like precious jewels, their brilliance and value in-creased with age. From their economically impov-erished beginnings, they eventually purchased homes and made the American dream a reality. Academically, none of them completed more than 8th grade; yet, the wisdom they possessed was be-yond anything taught in school. I hope my sons, now young men, will re-member me as someone who demonstrated strength, shared wisdom, expressed the importance of love, humor, faith and hope they can embrace when dealing with prob-lems not found in text-books.  “Stomper, you may not know big words, but you’re smart and strong inside. My mother always says re-al strength comes from your head and your heart. Anybody can learn big words, but not everybody is wise like you.” Valerie Testa Almquist is an author, educator, comedi-an, mother, wife, and daughter. She performed stand-up for the first time when she turned 50, pub-lished her first book at 57, and by no means is this list complete. As the number of candles on her birthday cake increases, so will her goals. H ONORING THE L EGACY OF C AROL D USTIN   Carol Ann (Whyte) Dustin, 80, who served as an advo-cate for older citi-zens for more than 40 years, re-cently passed away. Carol grew up in Rutland and in Lancaster, NH. She graduated from Rutland NH Updates WHO   ARE   WE? EngAGING NH is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization registered with the State of NH. We work to support and promote activities,  policies, planning and values that respect and include ALL older adults.  ENH   N EWSLETTER  -J ULY 2018 ………………………………………………………………   3   High School and attended the University of New Hampshire before pausing her education to marry Clarke Page Dustin in 1957. Once their four chil-dren were old enough to look after themselves and one another, Carol re-sumed college, completing her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the Univer-sity of New Hampshire and then earning a Master of Social Work from the Uni-versity of Connecticut. Carol lived a life of pas-sionate service to others, from her early days as a volunteer founder and or-chestrator of the now-annual Alice Peck Day La-dies’ Auxiliary Antique Show, and as a dedicated volunteer educator at Planned Parenthood. Later, as a professional, she de-voted herself to advocating for aging adults. From 1977 to 1984 she was a social worker for the White River Council on Ag-ing, advocating for individ-uals and families and matching them with healthcare, counseling and other services; later, as Acting Director of the Sen-ior Center there, Carol wrote and received her first grant - from the Bugbee Foundation - to build the T.D. Bugbee Senior Center. Envisioning programs and facilities to enable older cit-izens to remain independ-ent and active in their communities, and marshal-ing funds to support this vision, would become an important theme of her leadership. In 1984, Carol became the Executive Director of Graf-ton County Senior Citizens’ Council. She served in that role until her retirement in 2003, working tirelessly to establish programs, ser-vices, supports and spaces - including construction, renovation and creation of a host of senior centers throughout Grafton County. Not one to take credit for all she accomplished, she tackled whatever project she was involved in with attention to detail and ded-ication. After retiring as Executive Director, Carol returned to GCSCC in the role of Care-giver Specialist for Service-Link and later as a social worker at the Mascoma Senior Center, retiring for the second time, in 2016. During this time, she was also a member of the Board of Directors of En-gAGING New Hampshire and volunteered for Hos-pice. Above all, Carol was an advocate for people as individuals and in commu-nity. In addition to her work for GCSCC and the State of New Hampshire, Carol served the City of Lebanon for many years as a mem-ber of the Planning Board and later, as an elected member of the City Coun-cil. One of her many pro- jects in that role was re-storing Lebanon’s (once known as the City of Foun-tains) historic fountains. Carol’s family was both her foundation and a great source of joy. She and FYI . . . This newsletter is intended as a forum for you to share personal experiences, infor-mation and points of view. In our media driven world of skillful marketing and politi-cal spin, we believe that di-versity is critical to discern-ment and therefore the En-gAGING NH Board of Direc-tors welcomes all points of view, expressed with civility! While the opinions ex-pressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Board members, our intent is to in-clude material that assists you in forming your own opinions. To send articles or to add your name to our news-letter mailing list, con-tact: engagingnh@gmail.com  ENH   N EWSLETTER  -J ULY 2018 ………………………………………………………………   4   Clarke were married for 61 years and their time to-gether and with their fami-ly was a priority. Carol took great pride in the growth and development of her beloved children and grandchildren and treas-ured time with each of them. Beyond her family and de-voted career in public ser-vice, Carol loved reading, art, music and travel. She and Clarke regularly at-tended concerts in the Up-per Valley and traveled to visit galleries and muse-ums. An accomplished knit-ter and quilter throughout her life, in later years Carol also returned to sculpture-making, taking many clas-ses at the home and studio of Augustus St. Gaudens in Plainfield, NH, and working in a small studio at her home. N EW F UNDING O PPORTUNITY   There is momentum in Massachusetts, New Hamp-shire and Rhode Island to create stronger communi-ties for all generations. By fostering new ideas and engaging organizations, businesses and agencies inside and outside the ag-ing sector, Tufts Health Plan Foundation hopes to advance the movement to make our cities and towns livable for all ages. Communities often find it challenging to secure re-sources to support early-stage initiatives and inno-vative efforts. The Founda-tion created the Momentum Fund to address this gap. The Momentum Fund offers smaller investments that energize innovation to sup-port communities pursuing and/or advancing age- or dementia-friendly efforts. Goals of the Momentum Fund    Foster community-led approaches focused on embracing and imple-menting age-friendly and dementia-friendly efforts.    Support innovative initi-atives addressing the needs of older people who want the opportuni-ty for greater health in their community, espe-cially those focused in underrepresented com-munities and/or ad-dressing inequities.    Create opportunities for collaboration among older people, the organ-izations that serve them and other sectors.    Ensure older people and those who support them are actively engaged in the solutions identified in these grants.    Share learning and in-sights across communi-ties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The Momentum Fund sup-ports grants of up to to $10,000, ($100,000 for each State. Applications are due Sept.20, 2018 awards begin Nov. 1. http://www.tuftshealthplanfounda-da-tion.org/pdf/MomentumFund GuidelinesFinal.pdf   R  EGISTRATION N OW O PEN FOR NH   S ENIOR G AMES !  “We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting registrations for the 2018 New Hampshire Senior Games. Starting later this month with our Candlepin Bowling Tournament and ending on Labor Day with a 5k road race, we’ll be offer-ing 17 different events throughout NH over the next three months. Now celebrating its 31 st  year, the games provide a blend of competitive sports and social interactions for active older adults. Their slogan - ‘where fun and fit-ness meet’-   From Our Readers
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