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The Monadnock Aging Resource Collaborative: Focusing on education and support for the aging population

Caring for the needs of our senior population has been an important and ongoing topic of conversation among support service agencies in the region. Now the newly-formed Monadnock Aging Resource Collaborative will provide education and support for the region’s aging population and their families.
While each of these individual agencies provide services, the collaborative will be focusing on providing our community with education and information about resources and support.

“There are times we can leverage each other’s knowledge and insight” Jennifer Begley, Center for Population Health’s Director of Resiliency and Wellbeing at Cheshire Medical Center said of the agencies that make up the evolving model of a collaborative.

The first of the collaborative’s offerings will be the day-long Monadnock Summit for Caregivers of Aging Loved Ones on Nov. 3, 2018. Click here to learn more and register or call: (603)354-5460.

“When deciding our first big project to work on, the caregiving piece just bubbled to the top for all the collaborative members as a need in our region.” said Begley.

The summit will cover a range of topics important to caregivers including navigating the financial and legal aspects of estate planning and long-term care, caring for people with memory loss, coping strategies for stress, and tips and tools for advocating for your loved ones.
Begley stresses that understanding and support are so important. “With this event, we wanted to say to caregivers, ‘We see you and we get it. We know what you’re doing is hard and we want to help you find the information and resources you need.’ ”

In the photo: The Monadnock Aging Resource Collaborative circles together at least monthly to discuss current topics and needs of the regions aging population and their families. Pictured are representatives from: The Alzheimer’s Association (MA/NH Chapter), Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Honoring Care Decisions, Keene Family YMCA, Keene Senior Center, Home Healthcare, and Hospice and Community Services.
Missing from the photo are representatives from: KSC Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning, Monadnock Collaborative/Servicelink.