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2015 Vaughan Awards Presented to NH Seniors for Outstanding Volunteer Service 

New Hampshire Seniors Honored for Their Volunteer Service

Joseph D. Vaughan Award Presented to Seniors Volunteering to Help Seniors

Concord, NH – At a ceremony held in the State House Executive Council

Chambers today, Governor Maggie Hassan was joined by New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, the

State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH in presenting the 2015

Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to seniors in recognition of their outstanding

volunteer efforts on behalf of fellow New Hampshire seniors.

"One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the 'all-hands-on-deck'

spirit of our people," Governor Hassan said. "We roll up our sleeves, pitch

in and work together to improve our communities. The Vaughan Award winners

exemplify that spirit, and on behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank the

recipients for their unyielding dedication to helping their neighbors and

for service to their community."

The Awards were initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D.

Vaughan, the state legislator instrumental in creating an agency dedicated

to the health and well-being of New Hampshire’s senior citizens. They

annually recognize an individual or couple age 60 and older from each

County for their extraordinary volunteer service.

“The generosity, hard work and caring spirit of these dedicated volunteers

help seniors remain independent through important steps in a life’s

journey,” said DHHS Commissioner Toumpas. “Volunteers are truly the

backbone of life in our State. Congratulations to these terrific seniors

who are most deserving of this prestigious recognition for their unwavering

commitment to service.”

This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Peter Cassell of Laconia

Carroll County: Richard and Alice Vierus of Center


Cheshire County: Dr. Owen Houghton of Jaffrey

Coos County: Jacqueline Gagne of Berlin

Grafton County: Kate Kelly of Bethlehem

Hillsborough County: Ernest Gould, Sr. of Hillsborough

Merrimack County: Grace Anderson of Salisbury

Rockingham County: Charlene Mitchell of Newmarket

Strafford County: Lorraine Meyer of Farmington

Sullivan County: Kathleen Crevier of Marlow

(See attached WORD document for a brief summary of each recipient’s

volunteer service.)

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NHDP - ICYMI: Conway Daily Sun: Senior Services Center Braces for House Republicans “Catastrophic” Budget Cuts 







Key Point: “The Gibson Center for Senior Services is bracing for what could be "catastrophic" reductions to state funding for its meals and transportation programs, and its executive director is spreading the word in an attempt to influence an upcoming House vote on April 1."

"...Among other programs, the Gibson Center serves congregate meals on site, provides Meals on Wheels for seniors living between Madison and Bartlett, and runs a bus service in the Mount Washington Valley... 'It's a huge deal,' said Cleveland who has run the center since 2000. 'We don't use the word 'catastrophic' lightly.'"

Click here for the full Conway Daily Sun article or see excerpts below:

The Gibson Center for Senior Services is bracing for what could be "catastrophic" reductions to state funding for its meals and transportation programs, and its executive director is spreading the word in an attempt to influence an upcoming House vote on April 1.

Executive Director George Cleveland explained on Wednesday that the center runs on a budget of about $880,000, but the New Hampshire House Finance Committee has approved cuts to social services budgets that may result in a $150,000 shortfall for the North Conway center.

Among other programs, the Gibson Center serves congregate meals on site, provides Meals on Wheels for seniors living between Madison and Bartlett, and runs a bus service in the Mount Washington Valley.

"It's a huge deal," said Cleveland who has run the center since 2000. "We don't use the word 'catastrophic' lightly."

… At midday Wednesday, Cleveland told seniors eating lunch at the center to call their local representatives and let them know the Gibson Center needs support.

… This situation is unlike anything Cleveland has seen before. "We've seen threats of (cuts) that are normally nipped in the bud early," said Cleveland.

Last year, the Gibson Center served meals to 1,003 people, said Cleveland, adding that it serves between 90 and 110 meals per day. Last year, it served a total of 57,000 meals.

… Meals on Wheels goes out to the elderly, disabled and the sick, said Cleveland, adding that for some people the delivery is the only meal they get per day. He said it's hard to say how the cuts will come down because there are some variables. For instance, the state may cut funding on a per-meal basis or they might choose some other route.

According to Cleveland, Meals on Wheels saves lives. During their deliveries, drivers sometimes encounter recipients who are hurt or incapacitated. The drivers may provide the only person-to-person interaction a recipient might have all day. Cleveland said the interactions also help ward off depression.

Click here for the full Conway Daily Sun article.


US Rep Guinta fighting to protect seniors from harmful Medicare cuts 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta joined a bipartisan coalition of House Members in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.  In the letter, the Members urged against recent payment cuts for Medicare Advantage which will go into effect in 2016.  These proposed cuts, released on February 20, will impact the health care choices and benefits of more than 16 million seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“I have long opposed these reckless cuts to Medicare that would greatly impact New Hampshire's seniors.  Year after year, seniors are forced to grapple with the dual problem of fewer medical choices and sky-rocketing costs.   This year’s cuts threaten not only the financial security of our seniors; but, also their health and well-being.  Washington cannot continue to make irresponsible choices at our senior's expense.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight to secure the healthcare choices and benefits of Granite State seniors.”


To read the letter, please click here.


NH DHHS - Do New Hampshire Seniors Have a Reason to Smile?

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, Oral Health Program has

released the results of the 2014 Oral Health Survey of New Hampshire Older

Adults that are based on data collected at 25 Senior Centers and Congregate

Meal Sites in our State and the news is compelling. Altogether, 18.9% of

older adults are in need of early or urgent dental care that may be

difficult to access particularly due to financial and transportation

issues. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors funded this

survey of adults aged 60 and older and the New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly

and Adult Services (BEAS) provided funding from its Title IIID Older

Americans Act allocation for all dental treatment referrals resulting from

the survey. Altogether, 610 adults 60 years of age and older were screened;

38 of these received restorative treatment using BEAS funds.

The results of this survey provide important insights into the dental needs

of our older residents who remain active and live independently. Collected

data show that only 18.4% of older adults have some type of dental

insurance to help pay for routine dental care, 28.0% of older adults have

no functional top to bottom tooth contact, which affects proper chewing,

and 15.9% of older adults have lost all of their natural teeth, which

greatly impacts their quality of life and well being. Approximately 5.2% of

individuals with no teeth have no dentures, which interferes with eating

and daily functioning. Similarly, 25.4% of older adults have untreated

decay or root fragments, and 6.8% are in need of periodontal care. The

report reveals that there are significant geographic and socioeconomic

disparities in our State. Older residents living in rural areas and those

with lower incomes have a significantly greater unmet need for dental care.

“Oral diseases and conditions are common among our New Hampshire seniors,”

said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “many of whom

grew up without the benefit of community water fluoridation and other

fluoride products. This survey illustrates that New Hampshire seniors with

the poorest oral health are those who are economically disadvantaged and

live in the most rural parts of our State. This is not a cosmetic issue.

Our seniors have conditions that impact their ability to eat and may impact

their overall health."

The collected data help to identify gaps in service delivery to older

adults who represent a substantial proportion of the State’s population. In

fact, the current number of New Hampshire adults 65 years old and older is

about 200,000. The Oral Health Program has received federal funding for two

new dental facilities in health centers located in rural New Hampshire.

Oral health care will be integrated into medical care for underserved rural

residents, including older adults with a greater unmet need for dental

care. A similar survey will track the progress in the future. To view the

full report, visit


NHDP - MEMO: Scott Brown is Wrong for NH Seniors 

To: Interested Parties
From: Ray Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party
Date: August 12, 2014
Subject: Scott Brown is Wrong for New Hampshire Seniors
Scott Brown can’t hide his record of voting again and again against seniors and for corporate special interests--from Big Oil and big pharmaceutical companies to big Wall Street banks. Scott Brown’s record makes clear he is wrong for New Hampshire seniors, and our seniors can’t trust him to protect the benefits they’ve earned, on which they depend for retirement security.
Brown Supported Deep Cuts to Medicare and Social Security
Instead of siding with New Hampshire seniors, Brown voted for the Republican spending plan in 2011 that favored the wealthy at the expense of New Hampshire seniors. The plan would have forced “deep cuts” into Medicare and Social Security, and was opposed by the AARP.  The bill would have helped “dismantle” the social safety net, forcing even deeper cuts than the Ryan Budget. 
Scott Brown tried to balance the budget on the backs of seniors while protecting the special interests that fund his campaigns. That is wrong.  Scott Brown refused to stand up to those who were intent on slashing Medicare and Social Security—New Hampshire seniors deserve an ally in the Senate, not a crony of Big Oil, Wall Street, and corporate special interests.
Brown Opposed Strengthening Medicare, Wants To Reopen The Donut Hole
Scott Brown would increase prescription drug costs for New Hampshire seniors in the Medicare Part D donut hole by an average of $800 per person per year. The Affordable Care Act has saved New Hampshire seniors more than $40 million since 2010, and helped​ extend Medicare's solvency by 13 years, but that doesn't matter to Brown. He is focused on taking us back to a time when seniors had to pay more for prescription drugs, and 
weakening Medicare. 

Opposed Providing Emergency Relief to Seniors During the Recession

In the midst of the economic downturn, Scott Brown opposed providing an emergency increase in Social Security for seniors in lieu of a cost of living adjustment.  Seniors in great need would have gotten emergency relief in a time of financial insecurity, but Brown stood in the way, preventing help from reaching our country’s seniors.  But the slow economy didn't stop Brown from voting for billions in tax breaks for Big Oil companies. 

Seniors here know Brown is wrong for New Hampshire. Granite State seniors can't afford the higher prescription drug costs and forced cuts to Medicare and Social Security that Scott Brown is advocating. Brown is on the wrong side of these issues, and wrong for New Hampshire seniors.