New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers Receives National Award

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) is pleased to announce the New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers has been named a Program Champion by the US Administration on Aging (AoA). The Association was recognized for its development of a website designed to help people learn about senior centers and their services across New Hampshire.

The Association recently received the award during BEAS's annual Conference on Aging. "BEAS congratulates the New Hampshire Senior Center Association on its designation as a 2008 Older Americans Month Program Champion," said BEAS Administrator Kathleen Otte. "We are fortunate in our State to have such a vibrant network of senior centers available to our older citizens. I am very pleased to see that the Administration on Aging has recognized the achievements of our valued partners in New Hampshire's system of elder< services."

The New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers is a non-profit organization. The group spearheaded the development of a website that provides information for seniors, families, providers and fellow senior centers. The website is designed to help people learn more about NH senior centers and what they have to offer New Hampshire's older citizens. The website itself was designed by a high school student who volunteers at the Ingram Senior Center in Salem.

"We were surprised and honored by this recognition," said President of NH Association of Senior Centers Patti Drelick. "We've worked hard over the past year to gather comprehensive data regarding our senior centers and their services. To be able to make it available to not only NH residents but worldwide through our website is an accomplishment we're very proud of."

Program Champions highlights programs and initiatives throughout the US that demonstrate the Administration on Aging's efforts to modernize community-based long-term care. For more information about the program visit: To find out more about the New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers visit their website at