Lake Sunapee VNA Partnering with Summercrest on Film Screenings

In an effort to encourage more open discussion about end-of-life decisions, Summercrest will be holding two free documentary screenings for the community in partnership with Lake Sunapee VNA.

The film "Nine to Ninety" addresses what it takes to live, love and die with dignity and grace in the modern age. "Being Mortal" explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. Community members and health care providers are encouraged to see these films and be part of the national conversation taking place in our community that asks: Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?

"Nine to Ninety" will be shown on Thursday, January 11 at 10:00 am (snow date of January 18). "Being Mortal" will be shown on Thursday, February 8 at 10:00 am (snow date of February 15). Both films will be shown at Summercrest at 169 Summer Street in Newport and will be followed by a discussion guided by Lake Sunapee VNA staff.

RSVP to Leigh Stocker at 603-863-8181 or lstocker@summercrest.net.

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Year-End Giving

Year-End Giving: Many ways to give…many ways to help

Because Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is a non-profit organization, tax deductible donations are accepted … and needed … in order to fulfill our mission. With many ways to give, here are a few:

Stock

It’s easy to give stocks and other marketable securities. The value of the gift is based on what the stock or other security sold for on the day of the donation (i.e. the average price between the highest and lowest quoted selling prices). And donors who give long-term stock (stock owned for more than one year) that has appreciated in value avoid paying capital gains.

Retirement Assets

To donate retirement plan assets during your lifetime, you would need to take a distribution from the retirement account, include the distribution as income, account for any taxes associated with the distribution, and then contribute cash to the charity—with one exception: People who are age 70 ½ or older can donate up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income tax on the distribution (known as a qualified charitable distribution).

Check / Credit Card

Simply send a check (payable to LSRVNA) or use a credit card online to donate.

There is still time to get a tax-deduction for 2017! Contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 with questions.

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Lempster Veteran Honored by Lake Sunapee VNA

On November 9, 2017 Richard Lounder of Lempster was honored at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his home, offered by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice to patients who served in the military. LSRVNA became a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner in 2011, the first home care agency in New Hampshire to do so. As such, the agency has made a commitment to train staff and volunteers to better meet the unique needs of home care and hospice patients who are veterans. With family members by his side, Mr. Lounder was presented with a “We Honor Veterans” certificate, pin and memory book.

Mr. Lounder served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH and at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. He worked on landing gear, remembers the pilots being friendly, and that he served with good people. While in Alaska, where temperatures could go as low as -68 degrees, he recounts seeing polar bears and eating salmon that he was fortunate to catch. When asked about the food in general he responded, "Don’t ask!" Mr. Lounder and his family were deeply touched and thankful for this special recognition.

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(Left to right) Daughter Molly Berry, granddaughter Diane Berry and partner Louise Richards at the ceremony for Richard Lounder.

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2017 Kearsarge Community Kids’ Christmas Project

Be a Sponsor of the Kids’ Christmas Project

Once again, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) is coordinating the Kearsarge Community Kids’ Christmas Project, and there are two ways you can help bring joy during the holidays by supporting local families in need:

  • Make a cash donation to help fulfill the wish lists of area children and families this year by mailing a check payable to LSRVNA Elf Fund to: LSRVNA, PO Box 2209, New London, NH 03257.
  • Adopt a family and fulfill their wish list.

For more information or to help in either of these ways, call the “Elf Line” at 603-526-4077 ext. 356 by November 17.

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Bereavement Support During the Holidays

In addition to its ongoing bereavement support groups, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) has planned two special programs for the holidays. One is a two-part informational and learning program on how to handle the holidays after a loss. The other is the annual “Time of Remembrance” celebration to remember and honor the lives of loved ones lost.

Holidays can lose their luster after the loss of a loved one. “Handling the Holidays After a Loss” is a two-part program that explores ways to proactively plan and maneuver through the holidays. It will be held at LSRVNA at 107 Newport Road in New London on November 2 and 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

“Time of Remembrance” is an annual event to celebrate the lives of individuals in the LSRVNA Hospice program and community who have died over the past year. This special ceremony will be held on November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sugar River Bank Community Room at 10 North Main Street in Newport and will include readings, music and refreshments.

Both of these programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call 603-526-4077.

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Community Health Forums in Claremont, Lebanon and Wilmot

Share your thoughts about the health of our region!

As part of its 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice invites you to attend one of its Community Health Forums, being held to help identify and address the health needs of our community.

All three forums will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. “We hope area residents will join us to share their thoughts and concerns about the health and wellness of our region,” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO. “While Lake Sunapee VNA can’t address every need, we can work as an agency and community partner on those issues where we can have the greatest impact.”

RSVPs are appreciated by calling 603-526-4077

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Lake Sunapee VNA Hosts “Small Plates for a Big Cause”

The Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice annual summer party will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the New London Historical Society and will feature tapas (yummy small-plate selections from area chefs), a sangria bar, music and more.

Bring friends, family or colleagues to a festive, relaxed evening while helping to sustain vital home health care and hospice services for our community. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships (which include tickets) are available at several levels and are so important to the event’s success. If you can't attend the event, consider being a sponsor instead (see sponsorship information below).

For tickets and information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

 

SPONSORSHIPS

LUMINARY:  $1,500   

  • Half-page ad in program book
  • Name displayed at event
  • Name in thank you ads, press releases
  • 6 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

STAR:  $500    

  • 1/4 page ad in program book
  • Name in thank you ads
  • 4 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

BENEFACTOR:  $250   

  • Name listed in program book
  • 2 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

Although sponsorships are accepted at any time, please notify us by August 25th in order to be included in the Program Book.

Tickets not being used by Sponsors will be offered to Lake Sunapee VNA staff!

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“Widow to Widow” Grief Support

Embrace a New Chapter in Your Life

If you are a woman grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other, “Widow to Widow” may be just what you need to help embrace a new chapter in your life. This ongoing bereavement support group meets on the first Monday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lake Sunapee VNA, and participants may attend as much or as little as they like.

In the words of one participant, “This group provides an opportunity for women to come together and share their unique stories, laughter—and sometimes kleenex—in a safe place of compassion and confidentiality.”

For more information or to RSVP, call 603-526-4077.

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Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief

Five-session bereavement support program to begin July 13

Lake Sunapee VNA will offer a five-session bereavement support program called “Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief” beginning on July 13. This five-session program is designed to help people experiencing grief gain insight into the challenges of loss that can help one “grow through grief.” It will be held on July 13, 20, August 3, 10 and 17 (all Thursdays) from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon Public Library, 9 East Park Street, Lebanon.

There is no fee and no registration necessary. For more information, call 526-4077.

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Free Screenings of “Being Mortal” on June 6 and 21

Film Explores End-of-Life Care

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is holding two free community screenings of the documentary “Being Mortal”:
Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Buckley Room at Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont
Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Summercrest Senior Living Community, Newport.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of planning ahead about end-of-life decisions, and delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so that our true wishes can be known and honored at end of life. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at atulgawande.com.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information about this event or to RSVP, call Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice at 603-526-4077.

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