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Please note that many of our Fall offerings are being held at alternate locations, and not at Cheshire Medical Center.

All programs require registration and are free, unless otherwise noted.

If special accommodations are required for you to attend any of our programs, please call The Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice at (603) 354-5460.

PLEASE NOTE: To register for Prenatal and Parent Education Programs, call (603) 354-5454 ext. 8388 or click here to register online.

Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation!

Jennifer McCalley, MSW, ACHP-SW Program Coordinator, Honoring Care Decisions
What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? What would you want them to know about your values and wishes? Advance care planning is a process that helps any adult at any state of health think about your values and goals; consider health care choices you may have to make in the future; talk about your choices with your doctor and your loved ones; and make or update a written plan for the future (advance directive). Join us in thought-provoking conversation to help make your wishes know. Learn vocabulary, reflect on your values, choose a healthcare agent, explore goals for treatment, and take the first steps toward completing an advance directive. You will have the opportunity to complete or update your advance directive if you are ready or sign up for a 1:1 meeting with a trained facilitator for a more in depth conversation.
Choose a date:
Tuesday, September 26 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
Cheshire Medical Center, North Conference Room 2
Thursday, Oct. 12, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 
Multi-purpose Room at the Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., Keene
Tuesday, October 24 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene
Thursday November 16 1:30-3:00 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene
Thursday December 14 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene
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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

Melissa Grenier, Regional Manager, Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter
During the stages of dementia, the person diagnosed often will experience changes in behavior that can be confusing for a caregiver. Behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. Attendees will learn to identify common triggers for behavior changes, assess and identify challenging behaviors, and understand strategies to address common behaviors.
Thursday, September 14 10:00-11:30 a.m. Auditorium A
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Compassionate Parenting

Sherry Jennings—Early Childhood Educator; Conversation Coach; Nonviolent Communication Facilitator
Would you like to model for your children the peace and compassion you want them to bring to the world? There are skills to be learned to bring these dreams into reality, to transform challenging moments into ones filled with joy, calm, hope, and caring. Join us to learn new ways to speak and listen compassionately so that you can create the harmony, connection, and aliveness in your family.
Tuesday, September 19 5:00-6:30 p.m. Auditorium A
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Green Dot Bystander Training

Carolyn Crane, Green Dot Trainer
Green Dot is a violence prevention strategy, supported by a research grant from the Centers for Disease Control, being implemented in Keene to reduce the incidence of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by engaging individuals as leaders and active bystanders who step in, speak up, and interrupt potential acts of violence.
This 5 hour Bystander Training is designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. Appropriate for anyone age 16 and over, the training uses video, role-plays, and other exercises to maximize the level of engagement of participants and help them apply the concepts in the curriculum to their own lives and practice the skills they need to be proactive bystanders. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Saturday, September 23 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. North Conference Room 1
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Senior Medicare Patrol

Kim Lauer, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Counselor, Monadnock ServiceLink
Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse can all result in higher out-of-pocket costs. Learn how to protect, detect and report suspected errors, fraud or abuse to protect you and other people from becoming victims and help save Medicare dollars.
Thursday, September 28 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Conference Rooms 1&2
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Celebrating 65

Robin Chouiniere, Sales Executive Senior Markets, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
As you become Medicare eligible think of the possibilities and choices to consider—this workshop will help you make informed decisions about retirement, including Social Security benefits and how to access them, how to navigate Medicare, and your retirement and healthcare options. Celebrating 65SM is an educational program developed by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Tuesday, October 3 12:00-1:00 p.m. or 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St., Keene

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Farm to Table Series

Vanika Jethwa and Katherine Rosenthal, Keene State College Dietetic Interns
Attend one or both classes. Note: Part 2 has limited space.
Part 1: Exploring Your Local Food System
Are you curious about the local food system of New Hampshire? Attend our two-part educational class to learn about the regional food system of New England. Session one covers how food is raised, grown, packaged and distributed, which are all components in this network. Discover the benefits of supporting your local food system and how you can do it in the Monadnock region. This is a 2 part series, attendance at both sessions is recommended but there will be a recap of learning points at the beginning of the Part 2: Farm to Table Cooking Class (October 19).
Thursday, October 5 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St., Keene
Part 2: Farm to Table Cooking Class
We are putting our preaching into practice in session two by using produce from the Monadnock Region’s farms, orchards, and market. Come create seasonal dishes that highlight these fresh fall finds! Take recipe cards to recreate your favorites at home and grab a brochure highlighting how you can continue to support local agriculture.
Pre-registration for this class is required. Limited to 12 participants.
Thursday, October 19 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Keene State College, Joslin Foods Lab

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Emergency Preparedness: Fire Safety Before, During, and After

Chris Goshea, Greater Monadnock Public Health Network Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Are you prepared for a fire emergency in your home? Do you have a safety plan? Join Chris as he covers emergency preparedness topics associated with fire safety before, during and after an event. Topics include prevention, risk reduction, alarms, extinguishers, evacuation and recovery.
Tuesday, October 10 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Room 14, Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington St., Keene

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Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga practiced sitting in a chair or standing, using a chair for support. As with other forms of yoga this exercise helps to reduce stress, and to improve balance, strength, and flexibility. Perfect for anyone new to yoga or for anyone who is uncomfortable getting onto the floor. Note:Please enter by the double doors at the rear of the church. Free parking is available in the lot behind the church, and there is also metered parking on Washington and Vernon Streets.
4-week series:
Wednesdays, October 11 – November 1 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
United Church of Christ (UCC) in Keene, 23 Central Square
, Keene
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Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early-Stage

Melissa Grenier, Regional Manager, Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter
In the early stages of the disease, caregivers have many questions and concerns ranging from understanding and coping with diagnosis, developing a plan for care, understanding resources, and becoming educated about early stage memory changes. This 3 week workshop will provide practical answers for questions, suggested supports and coping strategies, and resource planning.
3-week series:
Mondays, October 16-30 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St., Keene

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myD-H Transition Information Session

Dana Carley, Patient Portal Concierge
Coming November 4, Cheshire Medical Center is transitioning to a new patient portal. We are transitioning to myD-H, the portal used by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. It is different from the myD-H Keene/FollowMyHealth (FMH) portal currently used by patients receiving care in Keene. This session will inform you on what this means to you as a patient, whether or not you currently use myD-H Keene/FMH.

  • What do you have to do if you are a current myD-H Keene/FMH portal user?
  • What happens to your health information in the current myD-H Keene/FMH account?
  • What features will you have and when will they be operational?
  • What are the new features available with myD-H that will make this a better service?
  • What if you share an email address?
  • How are proxy accounts created?

The first half of each session is information, and the second half is available for those who would like personal guidance while signing up.
Choose a date:
Tuesday, October 17 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cheshire Medical Center, North Conference Room 2
Thursday, October 19 6:00-7:30 p.m. Cheshire Medical Center, North Conference Room 2
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You Are What You Eat

Jamie Champney, Certified Human Behavior Specialist
Are you struggling to get your child to eat fruits and vegetables or try new foods? Is your family tired of eating the same foods week after week? Are you looking for simple, healthy, inexpensive meals the whole family can prepare and enjoy together? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this fun and interactive workshop is just for you! This workshop will provide you with tips for cooking with your children, helpful hints for how to get your children to try new foods, and creative and child friendly ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into your favorite family dishes!
Tuesday, October 17 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Room 14, Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington St., Keene

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Bedtime Blues

Jamie Champney, Certified Human Behavior Specialist
Are most nights a challenge to get your children to settle down and go to bed? If so, you are not alone. Technology, busy schedules, societal and social demands, and work commitments are all barriers to a consistent and successful bed time routine. This session will provide helpful ways and strategies to create calm, soothing environment to help guide you toward creating and maintaining a bedtime routine for your family.
Tuesday, October 24 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Room 14, Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington St., Keene

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Kids in the Kitchen (Ages 4-12): Halloween Treats

Dani Cuddeback and Lauren Nickerson, Keene State CollegeDietetic Interns
Treats like candy don’t have to be the only things the kids go for this year. Have no fear! The Keene State College Dietetic Interns are here to put healthy back into the holiday by leading kids and parents in preparing nutritious, delicious treats so that they will want to ditch the candy.
Thursday, October 26 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Keene State College, Joslin Foods Lab

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First Steps in Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator and Exercise Physiologist, CMC/DH
During this free one hour informative program learn what steps can be taken to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Practical tips are provided.
Choose a date:
Monday, September 25, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Central Conference Room 6
Monday, October 23, 4:30-5:00 p.m., North Conference Room 2
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How to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally!

Patti Schuman, RDN, LD, CDE, CMC/DH
Did you know that high blood pressure can silently damage your heart, brain and kidneys for years? Learn how to choose and prepare nutritious foods that taste good while increasing your chances of lowering or eliminating the need for blood pressure medication.
Thursday, September 21, 1:00-2:00p.m. Central Conference Room 6
Thursday, October 12 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Call 354-5454 ext. 3815 for location)
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Why Did We Wait So Long to Call Hospice?

Lisa Leinau, MD, Hospice Medical Director at HCS
Come and learn:

  • What is hospice?
  • What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?
  • What is the guiding philosophy of hospice?
  • When are people eligible for hospice services?
  • What are the roles of the hospice team members (nursing, volunteers, social worker, chaplain, family physician, specialists, etc.)?
  • How does hospice work with family members to provide care?
  • Who pays for hospice services?
  • Where is hospice provided, e.g. in the home, in the nursing facility?
  • How does hospice provide bereavement support for families in the months after death?

Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, November 1 4:30-6:00 p.m., 
Garden Café at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene
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Resilient Living Book Club

Jennifer Begley and Tom Stearns, Ph.D., CMC/DH Resilient Living Team
Book selection: 10% Happier by Dan Harris
What if you could learn to calm your mind, relax under pressure, and de-stress your life without losing your edge? Impossible, you say? That’s not what author Dan Harris claims... His book, “10% Happier”, offers a practical way to approach mindfulness in the modern world. With a healthy amount of skepticism, Dan embarks on a journey that can help all of us relate to the idea and benefits of a mindfulness practice.
Thursday, November 9 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
Room 14, Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington St., Keene

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Kids in the Kitchen (Ages 4-12): Holiday Sampler

Dani Cuddeback and Lauren Nickerson, Keene State CollegeDietetic Interns
Kids and parents will kick off the holiday festivities by joining Keene State College Dietetic Interns in preparing deliciously healthy holiday finger foods. These starters will be perfect for your next holiday party, and will leave even the pickiest kids full of comfort and joy.
Thursday, December 14 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Keene State College, Joslin Foods Lab

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Compassionate Communication for the Holidays

Sherry Jennings—Relationship/Conversation Coach, Nonviolent Communication Facilitator
As well as being joyful, holidays can be times of heightened stress, anxiety, difficult family interactions, and even grief. Are you feeling anxious, concerned, or fearful? Are you overwhelmed just thinking about the preparations? Are you wondering how you will survive difficult family interactions at holiday events? As the holidays approach, are you concerned about being overwhelmed by sorrow? There are non-violent communication tools to help ease the challenges the holidays can bring. Come to this Compassionate Communication workshop to gain speaking and listening skills to support you in having a peaceful, relaxed holiday season filled with meaning, joy, and loving connections.
Tuesday, November 14 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St., Keene

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Mindful Eating Series

Madeline Waters and Emily Henry, Keene State College Dietetic Interns
Attend one or both classes. Note: Part 2 has limited space.
Part 1: Piece of Pie and Peace of Mind
Mindful eating is a philosophy that brings awareness to our food choices, encouraging us to make healthful decisions. Join us for a two-part series to discover the foundations of this food philosophy in relation to healthy weight. In part one we will scratch the surface of what mindful eating is and why it has shown to be successful for many who wish to take a more healthful approach to eating. We will conclude with some mindful eating practices you can add to your meal time. This is a 2 part series, attendance at both sessions is recommended but there will be a recap of learning points at the beginning of the Part 2: Cooking for Healthy Weight (November 16).
Thursday, November 2 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Main Conference Room at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St., Keene
Part 2: Cooking for Healthy Weight
In part two, we will practice the 3-part recipe for success. This cooking class focuses on healthy cooking methods, filling whole foods, and mindful eating practices learned in session one. If you did not attend the first session, don’t worry, there will be a recap!
Pre-registration for this class is required. Limited to 12 participants.
Thursday, November 16 4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Keene State College, Joslin Foods Lab

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