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Recruiting NH Advocates on Aging Issues

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PHOTO: The New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is now taking applications for the 2013 class. Courtesy of AARP-New Hampshire
PHOTO: The New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is now taking applications for the 2013 class. Courtesy of AARP-New Hampshire
January 25, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. – The search is on today (Friday) for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who care about aging issues and who want to become more involved and really make difference.

It's called the New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program, and Doug McNutt, advocacy director for AARP New Hampshire, says the idea is to help local citizens become more effective advocates on issues that impact older folks in the state.

"We have a real aging state, so we really need to be thinking about, how are we going to deal with these issues,” McNutt says. “And, shouldn't we have the people who are going to be affected by them, engaged on them? "

Applications are being accepted now for 20 positions in the program, which McNutt says will help locals bone-up on topics such as Medicare, Social Security and ways to design more livable communities.

AARP New Hampshire volunteer Sherri Harden is a recent graduate of the leadership program. She says much of the strength of the program comes from the fact it draws on locals from diverse backgrounds from all over the state.

"Every possible life experience, every possible employment experience,” Harden says. “We have a huge, huge pool from which to draw for advocacy, for thinking about making changes in aging-and how we look at it."

Harden says graduates of the program have the know-how to empower themselves and fellow citizens to advocate for change.

"To be a part of such an eclectic group of civic-oriented people who are focused on single goal, to affect positive change for New Hampshire seniors,” she says. “It really was a once in a lifetime experience."

The deadline for applications is February 25. The application is available at AARP.org/NH.




Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH