NH State Capitol mediumNineteen activists have been chosen as members of New Hampshire Senior Leadership, a collaboration among AARP New Hampshire, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH, and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging.  Now in its fifth year, the program is designed to build a state-wide corps of volunteers interested in advocating for people as they age in New Hampshire.

“New Hampshire is aging and with an increasingly older population come individual and community needs such as retirement security, long-term care, caregiving, transportation, housing and health care,” said AARP New Hampshire Associate State Director for Advocacy Doug McNutt.  “Many of these issues will guide the state’s legislative agenda for years to come.”

The following participants 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.

Eveleen Barcomb, Goffstown
Kerry Barnsley, Concord
Sheldon Baron, Manchester
Brinn Chute, Portsmouth
Jeanne Donohoe, Keene
Michelle Dowd, Danville
Douglas Dowell, Merrimack
Nancy Lapointe, Hampstead
Saundra Maisey, Newfields
Wanda Mcdonough, Portsmouth
Edward McMonagle, Bow
Carol Nepton, Manchester
Paula Perkins, Stratham
Joan Schulze, Nashua
Susanna Schweizer, Grantham
Sister Judith Silveira, Manchester
Jane Soderquist, Hanover
Jerry Vasil, Mirror Lake
Ann Wadsworth, Canaan

“Upon completion of the program, these advocates for aging issues will represent a strong, cohesive voice for the residents of New Hampshire,” added McNutt.  “AARP and our partners will continue to offer this annual program to amplify the voices across the Granite State.”

“The New Hampshire Senior Leadership is a great concept,” said Sherri Harden of Goffstown, a member of the class of 2012.  “As a group, we can accomplish great things.  Continuing our momentum will be crucial as we work to make a difference in the lives of New Hampshire residents.”

New Hampshire Senior Leadership yearly application process begins in January and ends late February.  To request an application packet in January, send an email to nh@aarp.org.  Or visit www.aarp.org/nh.