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February 6, 2013

Adult advocacy program taking applications

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Senior Leadership program is now taking applications for the 2013 class.

A collaboration among AARP, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire.

The application deadline is Feb. 25.

Members of the 2013 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of the state. Twenty participants will be selected on their motivation to become well informed and active in policymaking and systems change for aging New Hampshire citizens.

“In its fourth year, this program is designed to be educational and provide advocacy and community leadership skills necessary to advance issues of importance to Granite Staters as they age,” said Doug McNutt, AARP New Hampshire associate state director for advocacy. “Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, livable communities, and long-term care are topics at the forefront. Our hope is for every graduate to leave the program with the information they need to engage these important issues of our times.”

Participants will meet five times over an eight-month period and receive intensive training on a variety of educational and community topics. Educational methods include discussions, web-based learning, small- and large-group sessions. and independent research application.

All expenses, including hotel, meals and materials, are covered for participants. The only cost to participate is a $45 contribution at the time of acceptance.

“Attending this program was a life-changing event for me,” said Sherri Harden of Goffstown, a 2012 graduate. “Learning effective strategies to promote and support change is very powerful. The exercises and group projects were the icing on the cake. Oh, and did I mention we had fun?”

To request an application, email nh@aarp.org, or visit aarp.org/nh or facebook.com/aarpnh for an online application packet.

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