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March is National Nutrition Month…”Put Your Best Fork Forward”

Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Celebrating National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

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A nutritious, well-balanced diet – along with physical activity and refraining from smoking – is the foundation of good health. Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water in the foods you take in while minimizing processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol. Eating in this manner helps you maintain your body’s everyday functions, promotes optimal body weight and can assist in disease prevention.

Too much or too little of certain nutrients can also contribute to health issues. For instance, a lack of calcium in your diet can predispose you to developing osteoporosis, or weakening of your bones, while too much saturated fat can cause cardiovascular disease, and too few fruits and vegetables in your nutrition plan is associated with an increased incidence of cancer. Consuming foods from a wide variety of sources helps ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to avoid these health problems.

Parents are the most important role models for their children. For National Nutrition Month® the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages parents to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by modeling healthful eating habits – one forkful at a time.  If you are not used to eating a healthy diet that promotes your well-being, making gradual changes can help you improve the way you eat in the long run.

Shirley Richardson named Citizen of the Year

The Wolfeboro Lions Club is pleased to announce that Shirley Richardson has been selected to receive its Citizen of the Year Award for 2016.

Richardson is the 43rd recipient of the Award, which recognizes individuals who have made “above and beyond” service to the towns of Wolfeboro and/or Tuftonboro or its residents.

Shirley moved to Wolfeboro from up state New York in 1965 when her husband Bob accepted a faculty position at Brewster Academy; nine years later Shirley also joined the Brewster faculty. While Shirley was busy impacting countless students’ lives as Dean of College Placement, she still found time to share her talents, spirit, and ideas to serve the community.

Shirley has been very active for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice having served on the Board of Directors for many years. She founded the Hospice Tree of Memories, a major celebration each Christmas honoring loved ones. It began with one fir tree in front of Huggins Hospital and is now celebrated in five surrounding communities. Shirley has been a long time organizer and leader for the Hospice Home & Garden House Tour as well.

Music is a major part of Shirley’s life, and she serves on the Wolfeboro Friends of Music Board of Directors as Vice President of Programming. In addition, Shirley is also a member of the Wolfeboro Garden Club and the Hikers’ organization. She has taught Sunday School at the First Congregational Church and was president of the Wolfeboro Co-operative Nursery School and Kindergarten where she started the very first Ski and Skate Swap, predecessor of the annual expanded Ski and Skate Sale. Later she was co-president of Carpenter School PTA.

For a time, Shirley served as a board member of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. One of her most continuing commitments to our community is her dedication to the Huggins Hospital Street Fair where she has served for 45 years as chairperson of the Book Tent.

Although she retired from Brewster in 2004, Shirley continues to be involved in campus traditions. Following seven years of research in the archives, interviewing, and writing, in 2011 Shirley and her husband Robert published The Brewster Story: the Definitive History of Brewster Academy which weaves the rich history of the Academy and the town’s partnership beginning with the time when the Indians first settled in the Wolfeboro area. A second printing of the book is in the works.

The Wolfeboro Lions Club would like to invite the public to celebrate Shirley Richardson as its 2016 Citizen of the Year recipient at the Award Dinner on Tuesday, March 28 at the Wolfeboro Inn. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $27 per person. Make your reservation by sending your payment made out to the Wolfeboro Lions Club to Wolfeboro Citizen of the Year, P.O. Box 325, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 by March 25.

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Shirley Richardson Citizen of the Year


Governor appoints Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Staff Member Jennifer Laramie to New Hampshire Board of Nursing

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Jennifer Laramie RN, CHPN Hospice Director Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to announce that Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Laramie RN has been appointed to sit on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

There are 11 members of the Board of Nursing:  5 Registered Nurses (RN) one of which must be an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), 2 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), 2 Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA), and 2 public members. The Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve a 3-year term.  Each member may serve a total of 3 consecutive 3-year terms, or a total of 9 consecutive years.

The purpose of the Board is to:

……….Safeguard life, health, and the public welfare of the people of this state and ….. to protect the people of the state of New Hampshire from the unauthorized, unqualified, and improper application of services by individuals in the practice of nursing…….”

Jennifer Laramie has worked at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for 12 years and says, “I really enjoy taking care of people….the patients are what keep me coming back everyday.”  She is excited about representing RN’s on the Board of Nursing and looks forward to serving on the Board for the next three years.

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Are the medical advances of the past century complicating the decisions we make about our healthcare as we age?

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is celebrating 100 years of serving the Lakes Region communityMeredith, Lakes Region, VNA!  Since 1918 we have provided Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Over this past century  the medications and advances in medicine that have allowed people to live longer now leave them in a position where they are older and sicker and unable to live safely at home. But, they have no alternate plan.  Local physician, Marianne Jackson has spent much of her recent career researching and sharing with local New Hampshire communities why the changes in medicine make it more important than ever to make a plan for the future.  Dr. Jackson’s initiative to educate the community about Advanced Care Planning coincides with the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Centennial Year and she is now dedicating her time to helping us end unnecessary suffering at the end of life.

The first in this series, “What Ever Happened to Natural Causes?  Historical Lakes Region, Meredith, Laconia, VNAPerspectives on Death and Dying Across 100 Years,”  will be held on Monday, January 30th at 6:30pm in Ossipee at Mountain View Community, 93 Water Village Rd.  Come celebrate our Centennial, enjoy Dr. Jackson’s presentation, and discover new ways to bring families together around the topics of death and dying.  Start the Conversation.  Learn how Advanced Care Planning can relieve conflicts and provide measures of security for family members.  Free Advanced Directive and Five Wishes forms will be provided along with refreshments.

A snow date has been scheduled for Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm.

For more information about the presentation or to schedule one near you, visit or contact Angela Smith at 603-524-8444. To RSVP you can click here.

Occupational Therapy Turns 100!

In 2017 the profession of Occupational Therapy turn 100! This is a time to celebrate where we have come from, and consider how to advance occupational therapy into the 21st century. On behalf of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice…Happy Birthday OT!

The History of Occupational Therapy




Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Honoring our Country’s Heroes

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.

We Honor Veterans, Lakes Region, Wolfeboro, Alton, MeredithAs our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice wants to share its commitment to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Just recently Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has been recognized for attaining the highest “We Honor Veterans” partner status. Through We Honor Veterans, we are ensuring that our organization is equipped to address the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 Veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 Veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.  A generation of World War II and Korean War Veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now, and they are quickly being followed by younger Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are confronting serious illnesses at an even earlier age.

Moultonborough, Moultonboro, We Honor VeteransThe liberty that we, as US citizens, enjoy comes at a price paid by these valiant men and women. Let each of us make sure we do our part to recognize and support them throughout their lives.

If you know a Veteran who is in need of the special care hospice brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about the services that hospice and palliative care can provide. Contact us at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice to learn more about the ways we support our nation’s heroes.

To all our nation’s Veterans, thank you.

Lakes Region Homecare & Hospice

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will hold its 20th annual Tree of Memories Celebration on Saturday, December 10th at five locations throughout the Lakes Region. The ceremony provides an opportunity for people to remember the lives of family, friends and neighbors in a serene setting as they honor a life well lived or a life missed.  Everyone is welcome to attend. All ceremonies begin at 11:00 am and will be held in Alton at the Alton Town Hall, Wolfeboro at the Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Building, the Wakefield Town Hall, the Main Street Building in Ossipee and Moulton Farm in Meredith.


Tree of Memories at Moulton Farm in Meredith

Twenty years ago, long time Hospice supporters Bob and Shirley Richardson were introduced to a similar event on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  The event was such a great experience they decided to start what we now know as our Tree of Memories that would benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.  The event was quickly adopted and has grown to include the five different locations throughout the Lakes Region. A dove was selected as a symbol of serenity, peace and tranquility and a touching ceremony was created involving the lighting of a tree, music, prayers of remembrance, the reading of names and the placing of doves on the tree.

Over 500 doves are requested each year to support the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. While the ceremonies all take place on one day, the doves remain on the trees throughout the month of December for all to see. Proceeds from the Tree of Memories are used to improve the quality of life for people living in Belknap and Southern Carroll County who are served by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

. The hospice philosophy recognizes that the dying process is part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. To purchase a dove in the name of a loved one or friend, contact the Hospice office at 603-569-2729. In order to ensure that your dove will be ready for the ceremony, please do so by December 5th.