Education Programs

You want to lead an active lifestyle. You work and/or volunteer your time and talents to help others. In your free time, you enjoy activities while spending time with family and friends. 

Sometimes you want the latest information to remain active. As part of our community benefits programming, our health professionals provide many educational opportunities on topics such as aging, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maximizing independence, falls prevention, advance care planning, and caregiving. 
 

Aging Mastery Program®

The Aging Mastery Program® offers older adults a fun and engaging way to gain skills and tools to manage their health, remain economically secure, and contribute actively in society as they age. 

The 10-week nationwide program is from the National Council on Aging that includes 10, 90-minute classes.

This program benefits older adults who want to:
- Improve health
- Strengthen economic security
- Enhance well-being
- Increase societal participation

The art of aging gracefully has changed. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and nearly all people aged 65+ live with at least one chronic condition. This program uses a proven model of behavior change incentives with a primary emphasis on getting older adults to improve their lives. 

There is no fee to attend this program and pre-registration is required.

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"A Matter of Balance"

“A Matter of Balance” helps older adults learn to reduce their fear of falling and gain self-confidence to help them remain active. This eight-week program is led by faciltators who provide the tools needed to gain confidence and learn simple fall prevention strategies.

There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is required.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls/Volunteer Lay Leader Model © 2006. This program is based on “Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance” Copyright © 1995 Trustees of Boston University: All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.

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Better Choices, Better Health™

Better Choices, Better Health™ helps participants learn skills to better self-manage their chronic illness. It is for adults 18 and older living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, or any ongoing mental or physical condition. 

This six-week interactive workshop is led by facilitators who provide valuable tools and information to help manage disease symptoms, maintain proper nutrition and exercise, communicate with your healthcare provider, and more. 

There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is required. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program. Underwriting is generously provided by Northeast Delta Dental

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"Powerful Tools for Caregivers"

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” empowers family caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is a six-week program that helps caregivers learn to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate more effectively, handle difficult feelings, and make challenging caregiving decisions. 

There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is required. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program.

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Advanced Illness Management Support Through the Community Health Educator Program

Our agency offers patients with complex care needs support from a community health educator. A community health educator helps patients make action plans toward lifestyle and behavior changes to meet their personal goals and improve their quality of life by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations.

The community health educator’s role includes:
- Providing extra attention to patients
- Assisting patients with improving their self-management skills
- Helping patients advocate for themselves
- Promoting behavior changes
- Encouraging participation and follow-up
- Instilling problem-solving skills
- Reinforcing chronic condition education

"Baby's First Homecoming" Visits

“Baby’s First Homecoming” Visits are offered to new mothers and their babies who are discharged from Concord Hospital. The visits include a comprehensive newborn and maternal assessment with education regarding care of the newborn and postpartum care.

Specific help is offered in:
- Breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Understanding and treatment of jaundice
- Understanding care of circumcision
- Understanding umbilical care
- When to call the physician

Capital Area Memory Cafe

3rd Wednesday of each month  |  2 p.m. 

Granite Ledges of Concord
151 Langley Parkway, Concord

The Capital Area Memory Cafe is a monthly gathering of individuals living with memory impairment and their family/friends. This safe, supportive, and engaging environment provides an opportunity to be with others who understand and embrace the challenges of living with memory impairment.

This program is a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, and Granite Ledges of Concord. Underwriting is generously provided by Merrimack County Savings Bank.

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Walk-In Wednesday

4th Wednesday of each month  |  10 a.m.- Noon Horseshoe Pond Place  26 Commercial Street, Concord Have your questions answered about caregiver resources, advance directives, durable power of attorneys for healthcare and/or living will, and in-home support. There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is not required. 

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Dying to Talk Cafe

Join experienced facilitators for coffee, tea, and a relaxed, open-minded discussion about any number of topics related to the certainty of death and dying. 

There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is not required. Underwriting is generously provided by Dignity Memorial.

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Penacook Village Fund

Through the Penacook Village Fund, our agency connects older adults with local and state resources to help them live independently in their own homes.

The program is for residents of Penacook and Boscawen* who are:
- Ages 65 and older
- Living independently
- Not currently on Medicaid

A social worker meets with residents in person or by phone to provide connections to:
- Housing
- Transportation
- Respite help through grant support