Cross-Border Conversations on Caregiving
As is true for many nations, America's population is aging. Northern New England is on the leading edge of this demographic shift. Collectively, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire have the oldest populations by median age in the country. People who live in this region pride themselves on their independence and can-do attitude. They want to "age in place," which means to age in their own home and community -- safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of their age, income level or ability.
At the same time, there is a shrinking formal and informal workforce available to meet the needs created by this demographic shift. To begin to address the challenges faced by informal family caregivers in our region, the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) hosted three cross-border conversations on caregiving.
Collaborating to Create Elder Friendly Communities in New Hampshire
Center on Aging and Community Living recently published an environmental scan (commissioned by the NH Endowment for Health) that informs the work of the Elder Health Coalition. The report is a research-based environmental scan focused on six areas of elder health needed to support the creation of elder friendly communities. The six areas, identified by the Elder Health Coalition as critical to the development of elder friendly communities, are Living Arrangements, Family Caregivers, Social and Civic Engagement, Physical and Mental Well-being, Advocacy, and Fundamental Needs. The report, titled “Collaborating to Create Elder Friendly Communities in New Hampshire: A Scan of the Current Landscape,” provides a unique perspective as it balances the medical and social determinants of elder health in New Hampshire. Read the full report here (also attached)
Policy Briefs from the 2015 White House Conference On Aging
Shared Vision for Elder Health
VISION: We envision communities where New Hampshire’s culture, policies and services support our elders and their families, providing a wide range of choices that advance health, independence and dignity.
Created by the Elder Health Advisory Committee, April 2014.
Elder Health Video Series
This is the first installment of the Elder Health Video Series, produced by the Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation. Ensuring the Health and Dignity of Elders is one of two new priority areas selected by the foundation during its strategic planning process.
Elder Health Video Series: Family Caregiving
Judy Hertzler lives with her husband and son in Hancock, NH. Her household has grown by leaps and bounds ever since her 86-year-old mother and in-laws (also in their late 80s) came to live with her. Learn about the challenges of family caregiving as well as what it means to search for a sense of purpose as we age.
Elder Health Video Series: Home and Community Based Supports
Learn about effective strategies to keep NH seniors at home -- where they want to remain for as long as possible.