Concord, NH – As part of a statewide effort to understand the needs of the State’s 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 2024-2027 State Plan on Aging (SPOA).
“As we continue to provide programs and services that focus on older adults, we must have an understanding of what their needs are as they age,” said BEAS Bureau Chief Wendi Aultman. “New Hampshire has one of the fastest-growing aging populations, and these listening sessions will give us the opportunity to offer supports that are meaningful and relevant to older residents, so that everyone can participate fully in their communities.”
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. Information from the listening sessions and survey will be used to inform the next SPOA, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living in July 2023. This plan is required for New Hampshire to receive federal funding for programming through the Older Americans Act.
Listening sessions will be held in person in various locations across the state through February 2, 2023, including some remote sessions. Many senior and community centers will host the sessions immediately following the congregate meal to make it easier for older adults to participate.
In-Person Listening Sessions:
|1. North Conway, Tuesday, January 17th 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Gibson Center for Senior Services 14 Grove Street, North Conway||2. Berlin, Thursday, January 19th 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Berlin Senior Center 610 Sullivan Street, Berlin|
|3. Keene, Wednesday, January 25th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro Street, Keene||4. Concord, Thursday, January 26th 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. GoodLife Programs & Activities|
254 North State Street, Concord
|5. Manchester, Thursday, February 2nd 12:00-2:00pm William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center 151 Douglas Street, Manchester||In the event of inclement weather, please visit the DHHS website for updates and cancelations. https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/new-hampshire-state-plan-aging|
Virtual Listening Sessions:
|1. Virtual Listening Session Wednesday, January 18, 2023 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.||2. Virtual Listening Session Wednesday, January 18, 2023 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.|
|3. Virtual Listening Session Friday, January 27, 2023 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.||4. Virtual Listening Session Monday, January 30, 2023 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.|
|5. Virtual Listening Session Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.||The link for all virtual sessions is: https://unh.zoom.us/j/3957603413 Or Telephone: Dial: +1 305 224 1968 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 395 760 3413|
People who need accommodations for communication access to in-person sessions such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, can contact BEAS at 603-271-9203 or SPOA@dhhs.nh.gov 5 business days before the listening session. At least five business days advance notice is requested in order to assure availability; requests made fewer than five days prior to the event will attempt to be accommodated but cannot be guaranteed.
For more information, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/new-hampshire-state-plan-aging.