Timeline

2001

  • Several community leaders, lead by Easter Seals, being frustrated with the plight of frail elderly, decided to bring together a collaborative community team to address the issue
  • Solicited Task Force members
  • Met monthly, reviewed data, dialogued about issues, held focus groups and created concept for ‘changing the face of aging’

2002

  • Numerous meetings held to determine needs, scope of Seniors Count, its mission and vision
  • Created “Resolutions Supporting Seniors Count 
  • Held first Seniors Count  Kick-off events
  • Received founding gift from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

2003

  • Focus group held with community leaders including media, funders, and businesses to discuss Seniors Count  and elicit input
  • Students shoveled snow in winter, placed air conditions in for summer, assisted frail moving into new living quarters and brought food to elderly in need
  • Began campaign to raise $100,000 emergency spending fund
  • Received Probate Court ruling for 24 nursing home beds to use as short-term stays. (Gale Home Beds)
  • Held first Seniors Count Symposium: report on progress made in 2003; plans for 2004.
  • Seniors Count   created TV/Radio/print campaign
  • Created Seniors Count   Web site

2004

  • In collaboration with NH Public TV, held Seniors Count  memory screening and panel discussion about the national telecast: “ The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's”
  • Informed that Seniors Count   was one of 28 out of 487 nationally, chosen by RWJ to submit full grant
  • Home Maintenance collaboration initiative
  • Kick-off for first Community Collaboration Project of Seniors Count   “Are You OK”, a partnership of ServiceLink, Elliot Senior Health Center and Catholic Medical Center
  • Notified that Seniors Count   was community partner for RWJ - NHPTV grant entitled "Seeing Seniors"
  • Received Robert Wood Johnson/Community Partnerships for Older Adults (RWJ/CPOA) Planning Grant
  • Seniors Count   Home Maintenance community collaborative project initiated

2005

  • Received Seniors Count   – Flexible Spending Grant from The Mary Gale Foundation
  • Seniors Count  sponsored "New Hampshire Speaks", an officially designated White House Conference on Aging event, at the NH State Conference on Aging
  • Seniors Count  Symposium, with a facilitated "Town Hall" session, was held in June with 150+ attendees, including a representative from the Mayor's office, NH Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Commissioner John Stephen, and Elise Bolda, National Program Director, Community Partnerships For Older Adults/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant
  • Seniors Count presented "Seeing Seniors” forums in Laconia, Newport, Durham, Berlin and Nashua, NH (as community partner for NH Public TV’s grant, funded by Benton Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson). There were also 6 NH Outlook shows on frail elderly topics.
  •  “Seniors Spring Clean-Up Day”, a Seniors Count   Community Collaboration project with over 200+ volunteers and 150 seniors helped
  •  “Seniors Fall Clean-Up Day”, a Seniors Count   Community Collaborative project with a dozen Seniors Count   partner agencies, organizations and businesses providing donated goods and 200+ volunteers to help 115 seniors
  • Seniors Count Holiday Light Tour”.  Partnered with the Manchester, NH Police Department Senior Services Unit.  Special vans brought close to 30 frail elders to join 350 other seniors on a Holiday Light Tour, parade down the main street and a reception at the Senior Center.

2006

  • Received two Mary Gale Foundation Grants
  • Seniors Count   Flex Spending: close to 20 partners use this fund for goods/services to benefit indigent women
  • Received Endowment for Health Public Policy improvement grant
  • Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Partnerships for Older Adults 4-year implementation grant
  • Seniors Count   presentations "Engaging Local Communities in the solution to Long Term Care" at the Real Choice Systems Transformation conference October, 2006
  • St. Anselm's College students volunteer to be Seniors Count friendly visitors to frail shut-ins.
  • Seniors Count month-long Fall Clean-up Kick-off held November 4.  Over 150+ volunteers completed fall cleanup chores for cleaned up the yards for 130+ frail elderly in Manchester.
  • A four-week Seniors Count media flight launched to coincide with Alzheimer Disease month.  The media flight consisted of print ads, TV and radio spots.

2007

  • Seniors Count Flexible Spending Initiative served 359 seniors purchasing over 10,000 goods and services not funded by any other social program in its first year.
  • Seniors Count participated in presenting a Legislative Briefing on Long Term Care in New Hampshire.
  • Meetings with the Superintendent of Schools and High School Principles spurs on the development of a Seniors Count   "Aging Sensitivity Curriculum" for Manchester Schools and other youth groups.
  • Seniors Count presented at the CPFOA's "Creative Change" workshop during the pre conference events at the ASA/NCOA conference in Chicago.
  • First Seniors Count Aging Sensitivity classes held at Memorial High School with the entire student body (approximately 2200+ students).
  • Seniors Count conducts survey in the Granite State Poll to get baseline data re aging issues and knowledge of Seniors Count in New Hampshire.

2008

  • A six-week Seniors Count media flight was aired on Alzheimer Disease with the Seniors Count tag line of "check in on your neighbor and call your loved one".
  • A Seniors Count Care facilitators Committee was formed as a result of the "Share & Learn session held last year with social workers/case managers to develop a "Community Tool Box" to be used by new social workers/case managers entering the field of aging.
  • A six-week Seniors Count media flight launched on Fall Safety/Prevention. The media flight consisted of print ads, TV and radio spots.
  • Home safety check conducted on 60 clients, resulting in Fix-It Program providing services to 38 seniors resulting in 110 safety concerns addressed (such as installing fire alarms, grab bars, night lights, etc.).
  • Governor John Lynch presented at Seniors Count Symposium, June 2008.
  • 50 girls from Girls Inc. participated in Seniors Count Sensitivity Curriculum
  • Held Seniors Count Keep Warm Forum September 2008 to convene partners to plan for helping seniors stay warm this winter by weatherizing homes, getting sufficient fuel, designating community warming centers, etc.
  • Coordinated knitting of lap-robes, scarves, mittens etc. and got donation of 100 pairs of long-underwear to distribute to seniors.
  • Organized 4th annual Fall Clean-up initiative, with 225 volunteers doing raking of 120 lawns.
  • Trained 20 volunteers to conduct home heating assessments.
  • Two other NH communities (Portsmouth and Nashua) received Community Partnerships to Support Older Adults grant from University of NH Institute on Disability to replicate the Seniors Count model.
  • Held strategic planning session for sustainability with Troy Petenberik, national facilitator from Spitfire Communications.
  • In partnership with ServiceLink and BEAS, developed and distributed 15,000 copies of the first Seniors Count Resource Guide, covering Greater Nashua, Manchester and Concord areas.

2009

  • Was one of 11 in the nation to receive an Administration on Aging (AoA) 3-year grant for $1.2 million for “Community Innovations for Aging in Place”. Partners include CMC, Elliot, Hitchcock Clinic, BEAS, Public Health and Mental Health.
  • Received renewed Seniors Count Flex Fund and Community Liaison grants from Mary Gale Foundation
  • Nearly 325 frail seniors benefited from Seasonal Clean-ups, In-Home Safety Checks, and/or the special weatherization project.
  • Nearly 300 SC volunteers provided by Southern NH Services worked with frail seniors
  • 81 frail seniors who were otherwise ‘falling through the cracks’ were given ongoing ‘eldest daughter’ support by SC Community Liaisons for their comprehensive non-medical needs.
  • Senior Count’s 21 partners helped 260 frail seniors’ access essential goods and services not otherwise covered by any other funder.
  • 238 bed-days were used for short-term emergency or planned respite stay in one of our partner nursing homes.
  • Seniors Count Symposium attended by nearly 175; special guests included Governor Lynch, Mayor Guinta, Elise Bolda from RWJ.
  • Finished a one-year initiative, funded by Endowment for Health, to develop a workplan for SC to take critical steps to improve the policy, regulatory, and funding factors to benefit at-risk seniors. The final report “Making Seniors Visible: Policy and Advocacy” was completed in June, and published online at www.seniorscountnh.org. Presentations on report given to Governor John Lynch, State Council on Aging, Senate HHS committee, and at the Seniors Count Symposium.
  • Seniors Count partnered with AARP and BEAS to establish a volunteer-based Bill Pay Program to assist frail seniors with managing their finances.
  • Received one-year Pearl Manor grant for Seniors Count Neighborhood initiative, with purpose to create a ‘village’ concept in one small Manchester neighborhood, with goal to expand the project.