Seniors, ServiceLink and the State Plan on Aging

NH has one of the oldest median age populations in the country, second only to Maine. At our current rate, we are expected to exceed Maine within the next five years.

A little over two years ago, I wrote about The Silver Tsunami. Some of the statistics might have changed, but the general concerns have not. We need to make NH more welcoming to young workers and young families to keep our NH youth here, and to attract others. However, at the same time, we need to take care of our Seniors.

Over the past few years, I’ve made a number of contacts on various topics across the state. It has been my pleasure to participate in the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Non-profit Committee, where I have had to opportunity to get to know some of the people from ServiceLink.

If you, or a loved one, is reaching or past Medicare age, check out ServiceLink, which provides the citizens of Rockingham County with the assistance they deserve as they contemplate longterm care options, sign up for Medicare or Marketplace insurance, or apply for state benefits.

Today I was sent some information about the State Plan on Aging. Consider attending an educational session next month and/or responding to their survey. Here’s the information that was sent to me:

As part of a statewide effort to understand the needs of older adults, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) and the State Plan on Aging (SPOA) Planning Committee are seeking public input that will guide and inform the next four-year State Plan on Aging.

In addition to the listening sessions, residents are invited to complete the online State Plan on Aging Survey which will allow respondents to provide information on the availability of supports in their communities, including health care programs and screenings, affordable housing, transportation, and in-home long-term supports and services.

You can help in several ways:
  • Share this information far and wide
  • Attend a listening session
  • Tell your colleagues, friends, neighbors, networks etc. about this opportunity and encourage them to participate and to tell others
  • Complete the survey and/or help someone complete the survey

The complete (statewide) list of sessions is attached in the press release, below. Rockingham sites are:

Derry, November 28th
Marion Gerrish Community Center
39 West Broadway, Derry

Brentwood, December 7th
Rockingham County Nursing Home
117 North Road, Brentwood