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Tuesday
Dec022014

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

http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs//bchs/rhpc/oral/documents/older-adults-2014.pdf

Wednesday
Aug132014

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.

Thursday
Jun262014

Guinta For Congress - Carol Shea-Porter is Failing New Hampshire Seniors 

AARP Ranks NH 32nd in the Nation for Providing Long-Term Care Services to Seniors

The American Association of Retired Persons recently released a report scoring the state in several different areas. All told, despite having the 4th largest population of individuals 65 and older, New Hampshire ranks in the bottom half of the country in caring for our seniors.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

“Earlier this year I set out on a Health Care Listening Tour after having heard from Granite Staters that ObamaCare was failing New Hampshire. We toured senior centers, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and more. The message was striking. Our seniors are hurting.

Carol Shea-Porter believes in a one-size fits all, top down, government run approach to health care. This approach is not working. Her stubborn refusal to listen to or meet with Granite Staters is doing a grave disservice to us all. New Hampshire deserves better."

Tuesday
May062014

NH DHHS - New Hampshire Seniors Recognized for Volunteer Service

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

Commissioner (DHHS) Nicholas Toumpas and Governor Maggie Hassan joined with

the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH to recognize this

year’s recipients of the Vaughan Awards. The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards are

presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or

older and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on

behalf of senior citizens across New Hampshire.



"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 Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1962 to memorialize the

Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator. Vaughan was an

early advocate for older residents of the state and was instrumental in

creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.



“New Hampshire’s senior volunteers are a vital part of our communities,”

said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “They bring a lifetime of

experience to the organizations they serve. All our lives are enriched by

their service. We thank and recognize our Vaughan Award winners and all

our senior volunteers for the countless hours they give to helping improve

the lives of others.”



This year’s Vaughan Award recipients are:

Belknap County: Emily LaPlante of Tilton

Carroll County: William Volk of North Conway

Cheshire County: Tuck and Bobbie Gilbert of Jaffrey

Coos County: Patricia Riley of Gorham

Grafton County: Maud Thompson of Littleton

Hillsborough County: Jim Orr of Peterborough

Merrimack County: Doris Morrow of Newbury

Rockingham County: Elaine Houde of Salem

Strafford County: Richard Cooper of Dover

Sullivan County: Elaine Bevilacqua of Goshen.

Saturday
May032014

NH DHHS - Senior Volunteers to be Honored for their Service

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas will join with Governor Maggie Hassan, the

State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH on Monday, May 5th to

present the Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to senior volunteers. SCOA and

EngAGING NH have selected an individual or couple from each county to be

recognized for their volunteer service. This award was initiated in 1962

to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, who was instrumental in

creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.

The awards recognize people age 60 and older for their outstanding

volunteer efforts on behalf of New Hampshire’s seniors. The Vaughan Award

presentation will begin at 1:30 PM in the Governor and Council Chamber at

the State House in Concord.



This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Emily LaPlante of Tilton

Carroll County: William Volk of North Conway

Cheshire County: Tuck and Bobbie Gilbert of Jaffrey

Coos County: Patricia Riley of Gorham

Grafton County: Maud Thompson of Littleton

Hillsborough County: Jim Orr of Peterborough

Merrimack County: Doris Morrow of Newbury

Rockingham County: Elaine Houde of Salem

Strafford County: Richard Cooper of Dover

Sullivan County: Elaine Bevilacqua of Goshen.





EVENT 2014 Vaughan Award Presentation



DATE Monday, May 5th

1:30 PM



LOCATION Governor and Council Chamber

Room 208

State House

Concord, NH