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New Hampshire Senior Leadership Series Announces Class of 2010

New Hampshire residents are growing gray, faster than in most other states. With an aging population come many financial and societal challenges such as long-term care, transportation, housing, and health care. And many of these issues will guide the state’s legislative agenda for years to come.

Building a state-wide corps of volunteers to advocate on these issues will be critical to the quality of life for all in New Hampshire as they age. And that is why the New Hampshire Senior Leadership Series was founded.

Led by AARP New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Senior Leadership Series is a collaboration among:

Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

The Alzheimer’s Association

Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging

The New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire

After a state-wide search, these organizations chose 21 activists interested in advocating for older adults in New Hampshire. The inaugural class of 2010 will receive eight months of training on a wide variety of topics, such as the history of aging and aging services; creating livable communities for aging populations; the legislative process; and community engagement.

About the Participants

Through a competitive application process, AARP New Hampshire and collaborators selected 21 people who represent a wide array of backgrounds and ages. They were selected on the basis of their motivation to become well-informed about and active in policymaking and systems of change for aging New Hampshire citizens. The selected participants are:

Sandra Amlaw, Hudson

Marilyn “Willy” Black, Hanover

Alan Cohen, Nashua

Virginia Crowe, Piermont

Ellen Curelop, Nashua

Peter Desautels, Nashua

Pauline Desautels, Nashua

Carol Early, Stratham

Chuck Engborg, Ashland

Bob Giffin, Nottingham

Vivien Green, Manchester

Dan Hockaday, Nashua

Harvey Keye, Nashua

Sheila King, Strafford

Amy Newbury, Laconia

Marlene Ostrowski, Tamworth

Karla Roth, Canterbury

Linda Steir, Atkinson

Joan Stevens, Goffstown

Maureen Stimpson, Contoocook

Constance Young, Salem

Upon completion of the New Hampshire Senior Leadership Series, this newly-formed network of advocates for aging issues will represent a strong, cohesive voice for the residents of New Hampshire. In coming years, AARP New Hampshire and collaborating agencies will continue to offer the annual New Hampshire Senior Leadership Series to amplify the voices across the Granite State.

If you are interested in participating in a future session of the New Hampshire Senior Leadership Series, please contact Doug McNutt at dmcnutt@aarp.org.

Other Resources

University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability

The Alzheimer’s Association

Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging

New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice

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