DHHS Holds Listening Sessions Before N.H.'s Next "Plan On Aging"

Oct 15, 2018

New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services is preparing its next four-year State Plan on Aging and wants to hear from older residents.


The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services will hold 13 listening sessions across the state. It's also asking seniors to complete an online survey.


Bureau Chief Wendi Aultman says, while she's seeing an increase in family members needing support to care for the state's aging population, there's also a reversed demand.


"More and more we are helping and engaging with grandparents who are now full-time caregivers for grandchildren," Aultman says. She says the state's struggle with opioid addiction is only one factor in seniors becoming caregivers for children.


"Family caregiving is growing and the needs for supports and services around family caregiving need to be looked at more closely," says Aultman.


The plan, due summer 2019, will allow New Hampshire to receive federal money that funds things like delivered meals and in-home care.


Full list of listening session times and locations:

Berlin, October 25th
Berlin Senior Center
610 Sullivan Street, Berlin


Keene, November 2nd
Cheshire Medical Center
580 Court Street, Keene


Meredith, November 7th
Meredith Community Center
1 Circle Drive, Meredith


Nashua, November 14th
Nashua Senior Center
70 Temple Street, Nashua


Rochester, November 15th


Frisbie Memorial Hospital
11 Whitehall Road, Rochester


Newport, November 16th


Newport Senior Center

76 South Main Street, Newport


Lebanon, November 19th


Upper Valley Senior Center

10 Campbell Street, Lebanon


North Conway, November 27th


Gibson Center for Seniors

14 Grove Street, North Conway


Derry, November 28th


Marion Gerrish Community Center

39 West Broadway, Derry                                                                                           


Concord, November 28th


GoodLife Programs & Activities

254 North State Street, Concord


Littleton, November 29th


Littleton Area Senior Center

77 Riverglen Lane, Littleton


Manchester, November 30th


Manchester City Library, Auditorium

405 Pine Street, Manchester


Brentwood, December 7th


Rockingham County Nursing Home

117 North Road, Brentwood