We welcome anyone to attend our monthly Memory Cafe. It is held the first Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in our pub. Please plan on joining us. We would love to "spoil" you with treats and very useful information.

SheillaThursday, February 1, 2018 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

"It's not just about living longer, but living better for longer".

Sheilla Parkerson will discuss how exercise and the use of essential oils can enhance our health and wellness as we age gracefully.

Sheilla has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from UMASS Amherst and has over 20 years of experience as a Fitness Professional. She is the Owner and Manager of QueViva Fitness LLC in Jaffrey and is also a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils.

There will not be a Memory Café in January

We look forward to seeing you in February.


2017 NOV 2 Memory CafeThursday, November 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Polly and Jim Curran will talk about their two years in Iran from June 1958 to June 1960. It was ruled by the last Shah, who was later expelled by a revolution in 1979. All the Iranians they met were friendly and well disposed towards the US.

Jim worked at the US Embassy in Tehran and Polly volunteered in a new orphanage, learned Persian while raising their five children.

2017 OCT 5 MC Erdmann

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Pam Erdmann will discuss what Mindfulness is, its origins and current applications along with some of its benefits.

Pam has taught Mindfulness in correctional systems, hospitals, schools, corporations and the Univ. Massachusetts Clinic.

Currently Pam supervises MBSR teachers at U. Mass, Southern CA Univ. and the University of Wales.

Aug 2017 Adam HamiltonThursday, August 3rd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Adam Hamilton from People’s Bank will speak about recognizing and reducing elder financial fraud. This will include how to guard against identity theft, planning for unexpected change in handling your finances and preparing for financial disasters.

An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 30th.

Yoga can be good for all of usThursday, June 1st, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Yoga can be good for all of us, regardless of body type or level of experience.

Chris, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, will talk about yoga as mindful movement. She will explain how yoga helps us stay in touch with our self and improves breathing, circulation, joint health, and balance.

Come join us as we stretch, loosen up, maybe even reduce a bit of stress and realize the benefits of feeling alive and healthy.

 An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 30th.

 Joan Bickford, May 4th 2017 Summerhill Assisted Living Memory CafeThursday, May 4th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Joan Bickford will lead this discussion to share how Life-Sustaining treatment is decided upon between conversations you have with loved ones and your medical providers.

The goal of POLST is to ensure that individuals make choices about the treatments they want and that these choices are honored and followed by medical providers. Learn how a POLST form is different from an Advance Directive or portable DNR form.

Joan Bickford, RN has specializing in hospice care for 13 years and is a hospice care consultant for Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.


An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 2nd.

Reverand Barbara Harlow April 6 2017 Summerhill Assisted Living Memory CafeThursday, April 6th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Unlike a legal will that transfers worldly possessions, an ethical will bequeaths values, ideas, and personal reflections to family members and other loved ones. Come learn about these documents that can be characterized as windows into the souls of those who write them, and how they can be cherished by family members for generations.

Rev. Barbara Harlow serves Summerhill as an interfaith chaplain, providing in-house spiritual care, since 2011.


2017 02 23 Susie Hunter Role as a care giverMarch 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Susie Hunter will share her experience of caring for her husband at home once he was diagnosed with dementia. She will also speak about the process of looking ahead to her future. In the last twenty-five years, Susie has re-invented her professional career several times, most recently as an eldercare provider.

Susie and her husband, Bruce were childhood sweethearts who raised two sons. Once the family was settled, she found a professional career in PR. This experience led to opening her own company, which provided special events support to corporations. Her clients included the Tufts Health Plan and the Moscow International Marathon. Since then while Bruce found his interest in renovating historical structures, Susie continued running, gardening and having a landscape design business.


Ben Paquin - Kick Cabin Fever OUT This Season

February 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Ben Paquin will discuss how for many individuals, Cabin Fever is an unwelcome occurrence that happens around the winter months. Such malaise can be the result of getting less sunlight, inactivity, isolation, or even diet. You can experience it at a home alone or within a residential community.

Ben Paquin is partner and Director for the New Hampshire and Maine branch of Seniors Helping Seniors®, a Licensed Personal Care and Healthcare provider. Seniors Helping Seniors provides quality senior care services with a twist... Seniors Helping Seniors offer services for seniors BY seniors.

Nina Jan 5 2017

January 5th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Nina Pollock RN, MS will discuss the difference between hospice and palliative care and how it has evolved in the last 10 years. She will give input on how this service can truly enhance life for a loved one and their family and friends.

Nina taught nursing at Ursuline College for 20 years. Currently she is a per diem Hospice Home Care RN for Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services.

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Mary Pat will introduce Pat O’Connell, RN, M. Ed, IBCLC Director of Resident Care at Summerhill.

Pat comes to us with many years of experience both locally at the Monadnock Community Hospital and in the Nashua area. She has implemented new programs and written articles in various medical publications. In addition to strong clinical skills, Pat excels in teaching and mentoring young health care professionals.

Please join us if you or a loved one are looking into choices for the future and have questions about assisted living or memory care.

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September, 2016 Memory Cafe

This discussion is about the correlation between food and how it relates to the joy in our lives. The many ways that we recall special events in our lives and how often times the connection to that memory is in the tradition of foods that we enjoy with our family and friends. This in depth look at how foods trigger memories was the topic of a recent memory café hosted by Aylmer the Director of culinary Services at Summerhill Assisted Living.

As a result of this discussion and the enthusiasm that it created, Summerhill has embarked on a mission to create a cookbook filled with special recipes, and the stories behind them, from the residents that catalog and preserve some of these memorable family traditions, for years to come. We are asking all family to assist their Mom’s and Dad’s in selecting that one recipe that has great value to the family.

To take it a step further, every Thursday evening, throughout the winter months, in an event that we call “Wine & Dine” a recipe will be chosen, and prepared by our chef for the entire Assisted Living community to sample and enjoy. A photo will be taken of the resident holding a plate of the finished food.

So please, let Aylmer or Jean know if you would like to submit a special recipe, along with the story behind it. Hurry, the spaces are filling up fast, and we want to make sure we include your special family tradition.

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November 3rd, 2016 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Louise and Bernie Watson have been playing the piano and singing for admiring audiences in the Monadnock area for many years. They often captivate listeners when sharing a bit of history about the classical and “Golden Oldies” music, triggering familiar memories for many.

Come sing along with this talented and fun entertaining duo.

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Many individuals may be considering comfort care that aligns with their goals of care rather than pursuing curative treatment. Learn about the hospice services, who is eligible, and how the services are covered. Dispelling common myths about hospice and when to consider hospice care will be addressed in this interactive session.

Joan Bickford, RN has specialized in hospice care for the last 13 years. Currently, she is a hospice care consultant for Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.

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July 7th, 2016 Memory Cafe

Maria Towers, RN, Resident Care Director and Mary Pat Jackson, Executive Director at Summerhill will lead a discussion and provide information on what steps need to be taken when considering memory care or assisted living communities.

Please join us if you or a loved one are looking into choices for the future.

June 2nd, 2016 Memory CafeMary Ferguson June 2 2016

Maryanne Ferguson, Community Wellness Manager at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene will share some small steps that create big impacts in our health and well-being throughout life.

She will also talk about social connections in relationship to our health and describe some "ageing-friendly" community concepts.

May 5th, 2016 Memory CafeJoshua Patrick May 5 2016

Healthcare is unlike most other services we will access in our life time. We also don't always know upfront what our insurance (Medicare and Medicaid included) will and won't pay. Being an educated healthcare consumer can help reduce the surprise of an unexpected financial burden. This discussion aims to provide you with information about emergency medical services and how it is covered under Medicare to make you a more informed healthcare consumer.

Joshua Patrick is a Deputy Chief and Clinical Manager for Peterborough Fire & Rescue. He is also a critical care paramedic.

Owen R Houghton 2April 7th, 2016 Memory Cafe

As an aging wellness educator, Owen R. Houghton of Jaffrey has experienced many transitions, both in the lives of his clients and most recently in his personal life as his wife Norma joined the Summerhill family in the Memory Care unit. His reminiscence extends from boyhood in Woodstock, Vermont where he learned maple sugarin’ to his recent experiences following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis which required changes.

Dr. Houghton is Past Chair of the State Committee on Aging, a Vaughn Award recipient and a Monadnock at Home member. He has penned a monthly column since 1998 in the Sunday Keene Sentinel called “Age-Wise”, chronicling the Houghton’s journey in search of aging well in the Monadnock area.

Colleen Oconnell Feb 2016

February 4, 2016 Memory Cafe

Colleen O’Connell, M.S., OTR/L, Owner/CEO of Birchwood Therapy Services is excited to speak of the recent changes within the therapy department here at Summerhill. Through collaboration with Interim Healthcare, we are able to provide more comprehensive therapy services.

Colleen will discuss the differences between utilizing the Medicare A benefit versus the Medicare B benefit; and share what private pay opportunities Birchwood offers, if you are not eligible for therapy.

12 Phil Runyon Photo Dec 2015December 3, 2015

Attorney Phil Runyon will discuss powers of attorney and health care directives to enable others to handle legal and medical affairs for incapacitated seniors. He will also describe how assets may be passed on to family members without the need for expensive and time-consuming probate administration.

11 Aylmer Given,  November 2015November 5, 2015

Aylmer Given, Director of Culinary Services at Summerhill will speak to the “Turn A New Leaf” dietary program. This healthier eating program is all about making good and satisfying food choices.
Come try some delicious samples.

10 Joshua Freitas Oct 2015October 1, 2015

Joshua Freitas author of “The Dementia Concept” Mr. Freitas will discuss cutting edge, informative and practical approaches to interacting with individuals having Alzheimer’s and related dementias. He will review dynamic concepts for
care givers to understand, connect and engage with this audience to allow them more independence in daily life.

9 Jan Shultz, LPN Sept 2015September 3, 2015

Jan Shultz, LPN and other Reiki practitioners will discuss what Reiki is and use of essential oils for aroma therapy. You will have the chance to experience Reiki firsthand. Jan has worked at Summerhill as Staff Nurse for 2.5 years and currently is Reiki Master volunteering at MCH. She studied Reiki with Libby Barnett at the Healing Center.

8 Marie Towers, RN August 2015August 6th

Maria Towers, RN our Resident Care Director will speak to recognizing the initial signs and how to maintaining independence for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s while at home and for those at an Assisted Living facility.

7 Mary Pat Jackson July 2015July 2, 2015

Mary Pat lead discussion with residents recalling special Fourth of July traditions and past time. What the 4th means to them.

6 Chaplain Barbara Harlow June 2015June 4, 2015

Join our Chaplain, Barbara Harlow for a conversation about just what is our human nature with regards to loss and grief, gifts and joy? What are our losses? And, how are we continuing to live our lives, hopefully with a sense of gratitude and celebration?

5 Caroline KirkfieldMay 7, 2015

Caroline Kirkfield, VP at Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire will speak about those important lifestyle factors that are linked to healthy longevity and those with a sense of calmness and purpose.

Summerhill's Memory Cafe was fortunate to have Caroline Kirkfield come and speak to us about tips, activities and advice for a healthy mind and body. Her presentation was lively and informative. It was well attended by the Summerhill Community as well as folks from Peterborough and Jaffrey. Once again, Aylmer out did himself serving individual shrimp cocktail, tea sandwiches, brownies and sherry

April 2, 2015

Joan Bickford, RN from Life Choice will speak to Medicare Hospice benefits. Joan has worked in hospice care for the last 12 years of her 35 years in nursing care. She will discuss the philosophy of Hospice care, those services offered, and eligibility considerations along with what Hospice care covers.

3 Dr.Betty LaFeur March 2015March 5th

Dementia in Depression: Why it's important to understand, evaluate and treat Dr. Betty LaFleur is a clinical psychologist and Chief Operating Officer at Generations Geriatric Mental Health. She was formerly the Director of Behavioral Health at Elliot Health System where she worked with Dr. Jwalant Vadalia in management of the Geripsychiatric Inpatient Unit. She has been dedicated to working with older adults since her internship in geriatric psychology in 1993 at the West Los Angeles VAMC Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical program.

2 Dr Shippee Feb 2015February 5, 2015

Dr. Lucas Shippee, from MCH, Monadnock Internal Medicine will speak to the issues of aging and dementia.

MARCH 3rd 2016 - Mark Bergin to Speak at SummerhillMarch 3, 2016 Memory Cafe

Mr. Mark Bergin will be giving a talk about antique toys. He specializes in mechanical, wind up and tin toys.

Mark will speak about their history, collectability and whimsy that we all treasure: from your childhood, your parent's and your own children's childhood. He will bring a large display of toys from the 1900's - 1950's to view, watch in action, delight in and reminisce.

Janet Archer in the Memory CafeJanuary 7, 2016 Memory Cafe

Janet Archer, author of “An Invitation to Pause” will share her personal insight of how to remain calm, and not be overwhelmed when caring for a loved one with dementia. Her experience of how to be accepting and in the moment while focusing on the joys of the day, could help you build wonderful loving memories.

When: January 7th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in the Summerhill Assisted Living Pub.

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