CACL 2019 Statewide Conference on Aging

Advancing Healthy Aging Across NH Communities: Building Momentum for Better Policies and Practices

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November 6, 2019

8 AM - 4 PM
Registration Fee: $85 (breakfast and lunch included)

The Center on Aging and Community Living is pleased to host a day long conference to highlight advances and best practices in the aging field in NH. This day will bring together leaders, advocates and professionals in the field of aging to learn from each other and build upon the exciting work happening across the state.

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November 6, 2019 Conference Schedule

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Vendor Reception

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Session: Reframing the Conversation Around Aging

John Beilenson, President, SCP

New Hampshire, like the rest of the country, is experiencing an undeniable and rapid aging of its population. Building interest and support for new ways to respond to, and take advantage of, this changing demography, however, remains a challenge. Energetic advocacy and innovative policy ideas are critical. But how do we reconsider our own thinking and communications around aging? How do we reframe the conversation around older adults with a wide range of Granite State stakeholders and drive real and sustained change?

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Morning Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Breakout Sessions

A. Developing Age Friendly Communities in NH: What do communities that work for everyone across the life span look like? NH has several age friendly communities developing across the state. Learn from these communities about becoming age friendly and how it might benefit your community.

B. Understanding the needs of the LBGT aging community to create LGBT Friendly Services: Understanding the needs of older people who are part of the LGBT community helps organizations meet their mission of providing the best care possible. When organizations become LGBT competent the are better able to communicate with their clients, residents and families with even more compassion and understanding of the whole person in relation to their needs.

C. The Role of Advocates in Advancing Healthy Aging: Creating a core of well trained advocates and volunteers is an important component in advancing aging policy in NH. Programs across the state partner to train and activate advocates to navigate complex policy discussions. Learn about these programs and the tools used to develop advocates.

D. The Changing Business Landscape of Aging Services: Ms. Tapias will provide information on tools and resources community-based organizations can use to enhance their business capacity, successfully adapt to a changing health care environment, and capitalize on emerging opportunities to diversify funding. This interactive session will be useful to participants no matter where their organization is on the business development journey.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch, Networking and Vendor Reception

1:00pm - 2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

A. Age Friendly Health Systems: We all deserve safe, effective, patient-centered care delivered reliably in every setting - especially as we age. Age Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The goal of the initiative is to develop an Age-Friendly Health Systems framework and rapidly spread to 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020.

B. Understand the NH Healthy Aging Data Report: A first of its kind, the 2019 NH Healthy Aging Date Report is designed to help advocates and leaders across the state understand more about the health of older people throughout the state. The report includes 244 Community Profiles—one for every city and town in New Hampshire, plus neighborhoods in Nashua and Manchester. Each Community Profile includes 166 indicators of health as well as state averages. Learn in this session how you might use this report to benefit your organization or community.

C. The Role of Government in Advancing Healthy Aging: Panel discussion on recent policy and legislation that benefits the field of aging and how that aligns with the NH State Plan on Aging. The discussion will also include the important role of linking policy and state services with community services to create an aligned approach to meeting the needs of older people across the State.

D. Advancing Cross-Sector Partnerships: Partnerships are increasingly important in the changing funding landscape of aging services. Karol Tapias from n4a Business Institute will moderate a panel of New Hampshire leaders who have actively engaged in developing partnerships with other community-based organizations as well as integrated healthcare entities to strengthen their ability to serve the needs of their communities. During this session, organizations will discuss lessons learned from both successful and unsuccessful experiences. 

2:15 pm - 2:25 pm

Afternoon Break

2:25 pm - 3:40 pm

Afternoon Plenary Session: Navigating Life’s Transitions: A Traveler’s Tale

Jay Schadler

Two-time Emmy Award winning journalist, storyteller and former correspondent and anchor for ABC News, Jay Schadler explores the tricky—sometimes treacherous--terrain we all face when moving from one significant stage of our life to another. In turns, intimate, funny, dark and moving, Jay’s talk will touch your heart and fill your mind with new insights for coping with your own transitions in life. Weaving stories from the road, wisdom from ancient and modern sages, and an honest appraisal of his own frailties—including depression and anxiety—Jay brings his audience along for the ride; believing whole heartedly that in sharing the tales, the load is lessoned and the journey brightened for everyone.

3:40pm - 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

John Beilenson

Reframing the Conversation Around Aging | Morning Keynote

New Hampshire, like the rest of the country, is experiencing an undeniable and rapid aging of its population.  Building interest and support for new ways to respond to, and take advantage of, this changing demography, however, remains a challenge. Energetic advocacy and innovative policy ideas are critical. But how do we reconsider our own thinking and communications around aging? How do we reframe the conversation around older adults with a wide range of Granite State stakeholders and drive real and sustained change?


John Beilenson is President of SCP (formerly Strategic Communications & Planning), a certified B Corporation and socially responsible communications and public relations firm, which he founded in 1987.

SCP serves a wide range of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and public institutions throughout the United States. Beilenson and the SCP team develop communications, branding, messaging and story telling strategies that engage key stakeholders, build broader awareness, and promote positive social change.  Please visit SCP’s web site at www.aboutscp.com for a full description of the firm.

Beilenson has delivered more than 100 communications presentations, workshops, and trainings around the country, serves on the ReFraming Aging national advisory committee, and is a certified facilitator in ReFraming Aging from The Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC. He has been an instructor in communications studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he taught "Public Speaking" and the "Rhetoric of Social Movements." He recently co-led a semester-long course on “Digital Storytelling” at St. Andrews University.

He has also written 18 books for Peter Pauper Press, including The Future Me: Authoring the Second Half of Your Life, an interactive journal for people considering retirement and other transitions in later life. He has contributed to several national magazines and journals, including Social Policy and Sports Illustrated.

Beilenson has an AB in history and literature from Harvard University and an MA in communications studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is currently a member (and former chair) of the board of directors of Surrey Services in Devon, PA, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Green Tree Community Health Foundation and a board advisor to Generations Online in Philadelphia.

Jay Schadler

Navigating Life’s Transitions: A Traveler’s Tale | Afternoon Plenary

Two-time Emmy Award winning journalist, storyteller and former correspondent and anchor for ABC News, Jay Schadler explores the tricky—sometimes treacherous--terrain we all face when moving from one significant stage of our life to another. In turns, intimate, funny, dark and moving, Jay’s talk will touch your heart and fill your mind with new insights for coping with your own transitions in life. 

Weaving stories from the road, wisdom from ancient and modern sages, and an honest appraisal of his own frailties—including depression and anxiety—Jay brings his audience along for the ride; believing whole heartedly that in sharing the tales, the load is lessened and the journey brightened for everyone


Jay Schadler is a two-time Emmy Award winning journalist and artist.

For more than three decades he has traveled the world reporting and telling stories for ABC News, National Geographic TV and others.  He’s tracked tigers in India and hunted for the source of the Ebola virus in the rainforests of Africa. He returned to the Titanic with explorer Bob Ballard and hitchhiked 20,000 miles across America’s back roads.

More recently he has begun sharing his own personal journey through a series of talks he calls “Navigating Life’s Transitions: A Traveler’s Tale”. It’s a frank and intimate exploration of the sometimes tricky terrain we must all pass through as we move from one stage of life to another.

In addition to his numerous awards and honors, Mr. Schadler holds a law degree from Syracuse University and a Masters Degree from the Newhouse School of Communications.

He and his wife, Jorden, live in New Hampshire.

“ Jay has the eyes of a journalist and the heart of a storyteller”

                                                                        Oprah Winfrey 

The conference will be held at Church Landing on the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipesuakee in Meredith.

Overnight rooms are available at the following rates (plus applicable tax):

  • Mill Falls Standard Guestrooms: $129.00
  • Chase House Standard Guestrooms: $159.00
  • Bay Point Standard Guestrooms: $179.00
  • Church Landing Standard Guestrooms: $199.00

Please Note: All guestrooms are non-smoking

For more information on Church Landing or the other Mills Falls properties visit: https://www.millfalls.com/. Guests are responsible for making their own reservations.

Reservations can be made by phone at 1-800-622-6455. When making a reservation, attendees must identify themselves as participants of the UNH Institute on Disability or code 2157B6 to ensure they receive the correct rate and group placement. Rates cannot be changed upon arrival for any guests who did not identify themselves when making their reservation.

The conference will bring together leaders, advocates and professionals in the field of aging in NH. The day will include opportunities to learn about best practices, policy and legislation that impact aging services in NH. Sponsorship of this event provides visibility for organizations and/or groups interested in building relationships in the field of aging.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Premium Sponsor: $3,000           
  • Signage at the event
  • Recognition on Summit materials, media releases and Center on Aging and Community Living website
  • Verbal recognition from podium
  • 2 complimentary admissions to the conference
  • Exhibitor Space at no charge
Gold Sponsor: $1,500
  • Recognition on Summit materials, media releases and Center on Aging and Community Living website
  • Verbal recognition from podium
  • 1 complimentary admission to the conference
  • Exhibitor Space at no charge
Silver Sponsor: $750
  • Recognition on Summit materials and Center on Aging and Community Living website
  • 1 complimentary admission to the conference
Bronze Sponsor: $500
  • Recognition in event Program and TSLCA website
  • 1 complimentary admission to the conference

Register to be a sponsor

Exhibitors gain access to a broad array of thought leaders in the field of aging and have the opportunity to share their programs, products and events at a table in an exhibitor hall located centrally to the conference meeting rooms.

Exhibitor booths include one 6-foot table with cloth, skirting and one chair. Exhibitors will receive one complimentary admission to the conference.  Exhibitors will be recognized in registration materials and promoted on the Center on Aging and Community Living website.

Non-Profit Exhibitor: $250
For-Profit Exhibitor: $350

PremIum Sponsor

NH Association of Senior Centers

This conference is supported by generous funding from the Endowment for Health.