NH Alliance for Healthy Aging Sets Policy Priorities
The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NHAHA) is a statewide effort of more than 170 organizations, advancing strategic approaches to support older people and their families, dedicated to promoting a strong, stable infrastructure for healthy aging.

Educating the community and advocating for policy change are critical to creating age-friendly communities. That is why the NHAHA set long-term advocacy priorities to ensure that we all can look forward to aging in the Granite State in a way that utilizes our skills and talents while meeting our needs and managing our resources effectively. 
EH Partners with NH Public Television: 
Call to Care NH
For thousands of older people throughout New England, paid caregivers are a lifeline. But the need for people who provide care is much greater than the supply. Call to Care NH, a companion program to the national documentary AMERICA REFRAMED: CARE, looks at some solutions to that problem.

 "One in five NH residents will be over the age of 65 by 2020," says Kelly Laflamme, Endowment for Health program director. "Paid caregivers are a critical support to healthy aging."

The caregivers featured in Call to Care NH are deeply committed to their careers. Home health aide Peggy Drouin began caring for her elderly neighbors when she was just eight. Roger Maurier decided to become a professional caregiver while looking for a passion to pursue in retirement.

Laflamme says, "Paid caregiving is rewarding work but more needs to be done to ensure that this professional calling is valued, fairly compensated and supported.  For that reason, the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging has a workforce group focused on the critical issues facing direct care workers."  

Community partners gathered on December 8 to screen Call to Care NH and to discuss the rewards and challenges of the direct care workforce in New Hampshire.  Many participants received DVDs and discussion guides so they could screen and dialogue about the film in their local communities.

Sarah Varney and Phil Vaughn of NH Public Broadcasting kick off the screening

From left to right, panelists Heather Carroll, MA/NH Alzheimer's Association; Lynda Goldthwaite, Aurora Senior Living; Tim McGinnin, The Moore Center; and Heather Grow, Ascentria Care Alliance

Online OVEE Screening and Discussion of National CARE Documentary Sparks Lively Discussion

The Endowment for Health, NH PBS, and the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) recently hosted an online OVEE screening of the national CARE documentary.  EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme moderated the post-screening discussion and was joined by filmmaker Deirdre Fishel, TSLCA Program Manager Jess Maurer, Maine Family Caregiver Denise Harlow, NH Direct Care Worker Missy Gurley, and VT Chittenden/Grand Isle Counties VNA HR Director Lisa Yaeger.  
CARE Trailer
CARE Trailer

Photovoice Engages Older Adults of Color and Language Minorities in NH
Dartmouth researcher Anna Adachi-Mejia, Ph.D.

We have a vision for age-friendly communities in New Hampshire where all older people and their families are supported and can access a wide range of choices to advance their health, independence and dignity.  To create age-friendly places that work for all of of us, we must engage the voices of all communities.  That is why the Endowment for Health is proud to support a photovoice project to do just that.

Photovoice is a nationally recognized, qualitative research method. It puts cameras in the hands of study participants, empowering them to describe their point of view.
According to Dartmouth researcher Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD, the photovoice method was used to engage older Granite Staters who haven't historically had a chance to share their views and perspectives.  
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