Senior Programs & Services
Families First encourages seniors to take advantage of the medical care, dental care and prescription assistance that we offer for people of all ages. In addition, we partner with other organizations and individuals to offer several programs designed especially for seniors (click to see these programs).
MEDICAL CARE, DENTAL CARE, PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
Primary Health Care (more info)
By appointment only, at Families First Health Center
(603) 422-8208 (press 1) or click here
Families First is not just another medical practice. We offer seniors many services -- made affordable for you, and provided in a warm, respectful environment. High-quality care is provided by physicians and nurse practitioners. We provide extra help with managing hypertension, diabetes and other chronic illnesses, and offer a diabetes group. We accept Medicare and offer income-based discounts on co-pays.
Dental Care (more info)
By appointment only, at Families First Dental Center
(603) 422-8208 (press 3)
Unlike most adults, Portsmouth-area senior citizens (ages 65+) do not need to be Families First Health Center patients in order to come to our Dental Center. (Must live in Portsmouth, Greenland, Rye, Kittery, Newington, Hampton or North Hampton.) Participants in the Senior Companions program are also welcome at Families First Dental Center. We offer discounts of up to 65% off your bill, depending on your income. Made possible in part through support from Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Medication Assistance (more info)
Ongoing, at Community Campus
Our staff can help you access free or very-low-cost medications, whether or not you are a Families First Health Center patient.
Feaster Apartments, Thursdays, 2:30-5 p.m
Margeson Apartments, Fridays, 2:30-5 p.m
Health teams from Families First come to Margeson and Feaster weekly to serve residents. The teams provide health care, counseling, social work services and access to dental care. For more information call 603-422-8208 x129.
Drop-In Social Time & Senior Luncheons
2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday each month
• Social Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Senior Activity Center at the Community Campus
Drop by the Senior Activity Center (upstairs at the Community Campus) before the Senior Luncheons to socialize, play a game or cards, and have a cup of coffee or tea. Feel free to bring a snack. Free - just come to enjoy the company of friends. Or meet new ones! At noon, you can join us for lunch or stay to hang out or head home. The cafeteria is open downstairs to purchase coffee or snacks.
• Luncheons: Noon to 1:30 p.m., Community Campus (see signs in building for location)
Senior Luncheons are held the 2nd Tuesday and the 4th Thursday of the month at the Community Campus in Portsmouth. Enjoy soup, sandwich, salad and dessert for $5; learn about resources for seniors; chat with friends and make new ones. Bring a friend! RSVP to 603-610-4433, or by email, at least five days before date of lunch.
Transportation can be provided for Portsmouth residents who call 603-570-7791 three days in advance. Or, take the Coast Lafayette Road Trolley from Feaster Apartments, Margeson Apartments or Market Square (75¢ for seniors). (Click for the Coast schedule; then select "Lafayette Rd." tab.)
Every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Senior Activity Center
A Medicare specialist from Servicelink of Rockingham County will be at the Senior Activity Center at Community Campus (upstairs from Families First) every Thursday to answer Medicare-related questions. To schedule your free appointment, please call the Senior Center at 603-610-4433.
Senior Companions (more info)
1-800-856-5525 or 603-225-3295
Senior Companions are healthy older adults (55+) who help other adults live independently by doing tasks such as providing respite to family caregivers or taking clients grocery shopping and to appointments. As the Seacoast region's “station” in the Senior Companions program, Families First trains, matches and supervises the companions who visit and provide support to other seniors.
4th Monday each month, 1-3 p.m.
Portsmouth Public Library
(603) 610-4433 or by email
The Alzheimer’s Café is a welcoming place where people living with dementia, along with their care partners and family members, come together for a casual social gathering each month. Spend an afternoon enjoying interesting conversation with new friends who are experiencing similar circumstances. Refreshments are served. In collaboration with The Mark Wentworth Home and the City of Portsmouth.
1st Thursday each month, 2-3:30 p.m.
Families First Parent Room
This group is for any individual or family who is managing the care of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s either at home or in a care community. Meetings are run by a nurse from the Mark Wentworth Home and a trained volunteer. There is no cost to attend. To learn more, call (603) 430-0070, or just drop in to the next session.
Portsmouth’s Senior Activity Center
Community Campus (upstairs from Families First; look for yellow signs)
Drop-in gathering space with free coffee & tea. Play games, read, watch tv, socialize and meet other seniors. For hours, activities and contact information, click here and scroll down to "Senior Activity Center Programs and Activities."