Age of Champions

CACL is an educational license holder of the award-winning documentary, "Age of Champions," and regularly hosts events with university partners. These events are aimed at educating the university community as well as the public on what it means to actively age.

2019 Age of Champions Health Fair

April 27, 2019 | 10 am - 1 pm

Lundholm Gymnasium | UNH, Durham

Free Parking Available!

Age of Champions is an annual FREE health fair hosted by the Center on Aging and Community Living that endeavors to raise awareness of and promote healthy aging from a holistic perspective. This is an interactive event with assessments, raffles, demonstrations, and movement exercises. There are several information and resource tables from local and state organizations at the health fair for people to visit. See an overview in the video to the right.

A Glimpse From Last Year's Event

Free parking at the Age of Champions event

2019 Sponsors


2019 Age of Champions Vendors


Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. We offer a variety of programs and services for individuals living with memory impairment and their family members.


American Cancer Society/American Cancer Society - Cancer Action Network

Will provide cancer information/resources


Assistive Technology in New Hampshire

Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) is New Hampshire's statewide AT Act Program through UNH's Institute on disability.  We will have an assortment of devices, that help accommodate for a variety of different impairments, on display and available for hands-on exploration. Learn about devices for vision, hearing, daily living and more.


Brookhaven Hospice

Education about Hospice and services



CapTel Outreach

CapTel captioned telephone shows word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone.  Like captions on TV - for your phone.  Helps people with hearing loss enjoy phone conversations confident they'll catch every word.


Center on Aging and Community Living

Offering an informational booth about the applied research, evaluation and technical assistance offered to help improve knowledge, policies and practices to guide New Hampshire residents and policy makers in preparing for the aging population.

Community Partners Choices for independence

Community Partners is now offering Case Management services for the Choices for Independence (CFI) program for Strafford County residents who qualify for that program. We will have informational materials on CFI as well as information on other local resources.


Cornerstone VNA 

Cornerstone VNA cares for people of all ages, so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. Our skilled team offers the highest quality nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work, volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care.
As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA is committed to giving back to the community by providing wellness clinics, trainings, support groups, and educational programs.  Additionally, through our Circle of Caring program, we have wonderful volunteers who provide friendly home visits to individuals in need or respite care to support caregivers.



Offering Natural Solutions to support health and healing with essential oils


Easterseals NH 

We will be offering information regarding our employment opportunities as well as information about our services.


Genesis Skilled Nursing, Rehab, Assisted Living, Memory Care and more! We will be offering information about skilled nursing rehab, memory care,  assisted living, and more here in the community. We will also have a raffle item.


Granite State Independent Living

Granite State Independent Living is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote quality of life with independence for people with disabilities and seniors through advocacy, information, education, support and transition services.  

Granite State Giggles - Laugh Free and Live!

How does laughter make a difference in your life?  Learn about how laughter affects your body chemistry, and why it is so good for you to laugh more often.  Pick up a clown nose and share laughter with your friends and family.


Home Field Advantage, PLLC: Home Modification

Home Field Advantage, PLLC, provides home accessibility assessments to promote aging in place. We work with homeowners to modify their current home and help with planning for future requirements to promote safety and function in their home. 


In Motion Chiropractic

In Motion Chiropractic will be offering information on chiropractic and laser therapy. Free laser therapy sessions will be offered during the event. 


Lamprey Health Care

Ofering primary care services including Senior transportation and workshops for senior wellnes week in May.


New Hampshire Senior Games

Information and materials about the 2019 NH Senior Games


NH Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program recruits seniors to provide companionship and transportation to frail, homebound seniors. 


NHTI Dental Hygiene Program

General information on preventive oral care, students will be providing Head and Neck assessments and oral cancer screenings


North Coast Family Health

North Coast Family Health is an experienced integrative medicine practice. Our doctors take the time to investigate your health needs and provide solutions to treat the cause of your symptoms. We will be sharing information on all of our services including our Healthy Brain Program which is designed for individuals who are dealing with memory loss and early Alzheimer's disease.


Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Relay 711, CapTel phones and New Hampshire Telecommunication Equipment Assistance Program 


Northeast Passage-  You've still got this!

View equipment available to help you maintain participation in the sports and activities you love!


Seacoast Village Project

NH non-profit that will provide services to support "aging in place" for older adults in the NH Seacoast communities.

Our booth will have a tri-fold that will describe our mission, objectives and services. Handouts will include our brochure and Q&A. *Note: Melissa Grenier(representing the Alzheimer's Organization), who is a member of one of our planning teams will be available to answer questions and set up our booth. We have an important retreat planned for that day which involves everyone on our Board and teams.

ServiceLink Strafford County

We will highlight all of the different things that Servicelink can help with. 

The Sonatina Center for Creative Arts Therapy

We provide music therapy and art therapy both at our center and at hospitals, assisted living facilities, and community centers around NH. We provide individual therapy and group therapy sessions for people of all ages and abilities. 


Community transportation information for older adults and individuals with disabilities


UNH Department of Nursing: DEMN program: Great Sexpectations

Our group will be discussing being health conscious through the aging process. The aim of this group is to promote sex education to the geriatric population, including the sub-categories of: sexual dysfunction and empowerment, safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases, and the importance of effective communication and sexual consent.


UNH Department of Nursing: DEMN program: Paws-itive Living

Our group will share with the community the positive effects of pet ownership and animal interaction on issues that increase as we age. This includes agitation, social isolation, depression, loneliness, and boredom. We will introduce local programs that participate in animal-assisted therapy and shelters that provide companions for seniors at a reduced price.

UNH Department of Social Work and Gerontology Multidisciplinary Minor

Gerontology Multidisciplinary Minor and Geriatric Social Work: We are going to share information about gerontology multidisciplinary minor option for undergraduate students and roles of geriatric social workers in fields.

UNH Kinesiology Department Exercise Science Program: Aging Gracefully

Information and demonstrations on moving gracefully with better balance and posture and falling gracefully so that one might age gracefully.

UNH Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavior: The Healthy Aging Brain

Students will present information on how physical and mental activities benefit the aging brain.

UNH RMP Therapeutic Recreation: Recreational Therapy

Students will doing leisure assessments.

Previous Events

Every year we honor local community members for their commitment to a healthy aging lifestyle. Our 2018 Age of Champions Wildcat Inspirational Awardees were Robert Kertzer and Joyce Sheffield.


Robert Kertzer

Robert Kertzer, PhD, originally from Brooklyn, came to Durham in 1965 as a faculty member in the kinesiology department, and in 1976 developed one of the first exercise science programs in the country for undergraduates at UNH. Dr. Kertzer is a man who has created new paths to health and wellness for all; he campaigned for the creation of the Hamel Student Recreation Center at the Whittemore Center and developed the first cardiac rehabilitation program in New Hampshire at UNH in 1978. He spent much of his career researching the negative side effects of bed rest and the positive effects of exercise, and the cardiac rehabilitation program put this knowledge to practice. Dr. Kertzer was one of the first to think of exercise as medicine: the right prescription for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of many of today’s ailments and disease. Dr. Kertzer was not only an accomplished researcher and clinician, but also a well-recognized educator, receiving the Distinguished University Faculty Award in 1982, the Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 and the Jean Brierly Award for Teaching Excellence in 1997. Even in retirement, he can be found around the halls of New Hampshire Hall and in the Robert Kertzer Exercise Physiology Laboratory teaching students and young faculty the history and physiology that has led to the understanding of how exercise can improve the function of our systems and improve our quality of life.

Joyce Sheffield

Now nearly 90 years of age, Joyce Sheffield grew up in the smallest town in New York, with a population of 38 (according to the 2010 census).

In July of 1949, Joyce married her husband, Merle, who was a graduate of West Point. Her two children, Michael and Christine, were born in Germany. Merle received a Master’s in Physics and spent 23½ years in the military running the ROTC program at the University of Rhode Island, spending time at Ft. Benning in Georgia, Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas and then back to West Point teaching physics. During this time, Joyce was building her career as a volunteer. She worked in a number of libraries, volunteered in her children’s schools, as a “Pink lady” in hospitals, and worked feeding the hungry. This is so representative of Joyce’s life and philosophy – when needed, she responds.

After retiring from the military, Joyce and Merle decided to embark on a lifelong dream – they joined the Peace Corps and went to Jamaica. The Peace Corps offered Joyce a position as an assistant librarian at the college where Merle taught.

Joyce is a member of the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. They are a small congregation of about 50-55 adults, with no permanent minister, so the congregation take turns doing the various jobs. Joyce has been president three times, has also served as secretary, membership chair, vice president, and socials chair. Beyond that, she served on the NH Board of Nursing (as one of two citizen members) for three years, for the Town of Durham on the Supervisors of the Checklist for three years, as well as serving on the Recycling Commission.

Joyce has been a member of the Active Retirement Association (ARA) for 30 years. During that time she has served on numerous committees and has held the office of vice president, hospitality director, memorial fund director and for eight years was the membership director. Today, Joyce coordinates the volunteer committee responsible for putting together all the mailings sent out by the ARA. She continues to attend many programs and activities as an active and engaged member.

Joyce was an avid skier and a prolific knitter. She loves to read and listen to music and never says no if invited to join in with friends to attend a community supper. Her children both settled in the Lakes Region of NH and she has 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren who enrich her life.

In short, Joyce Sheffield is a person of great energy, vitality and accomplishment. She is both an aspirational and inspirational individual and a valued role model to us all.

AARP New Hampshire

AARP New Hampshire: AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. The AARP New Hampshire booth will provided information on caregiving, fraud prevention, generic AARP information, as well as state-specific information on AARP New Hampshire.

Active Retirement Association

Expanding Your World Since 1982, the Active Retirement Association has provided educational and cultural programming in the Seacoast area and beyond. The association is an outreach function of the University of New Hampshire and is financed entirely by the membership and managed through an elected board of directors. The ARA aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals who wish to keep intellectually alert, broaden their interests, explore new fields of knowledge, and make new friends. Members are encouraged to use their talents and experiences as program leaders, panelists, organizers, officers and committee members.

Alliance for Community Transportation & COAST
Transportation options for seniors and individuals with disabilities, recruiting volunteers for a volunteer driver program

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association provided disease-related materials, information about programs and services and upcoming events.

Assistive Technology in New Hampshire

Hands-on displays with devices and apps to help maintain functional capabilities in vision, hearing, daily living, communication and memory tasks

Belknap Merrimack Community Action Program/Senior Companion Program

Covering various elder service programs throughout New Hampshire, and including a representative from the NH Senior Companion Program present.

Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL)

Offering an informational booth about the applied research, evaluation and technical assistance offered to help improve knowledge, policies and practices to guide New Hampshire residents and policy makers in preparing for the aging population.

Cornerstone VNA

Offering free balance testing and promoting Falls Prevention Day and the Caregiver Connect event for family caregivers, as well as all other services.

DEGU Motivation

Working to motivate and support people trying to better themselves through recreation and fitness.

Dominique Boutaud

Teaching art to people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. As Certified Dementia Practitioner, Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) facilitator for people with dementia, art teacher and international artist, I am trained to give special art class program to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease and also give professional training to volunteers to work with.


Essential oils health and healing benefits


Pet Therapy and pet social service: Information on services, brochures

Great Bay Masters Swimming

Recreation Exercise Club: Great Bay Masters Swimming is a US Masters Swimming club with workouts at UNH, Dover and Portsmouth Pools. The team offers coached swimming workouts, social events and opportunities for competition. With an age range from 18 to 84 and ability levels from beginner swimmers to retired college athletes, we pride ourselves on having space for everyone who wishes to participate!

Granite State Giggles

The Benefits of Laughter: Learn how laughter is good for you, and how to put  more laughter in your life.

Healthy UNH

Providing information about health and wellness resources on campus, as well as giving out stress guides and water bottles.

Office of Health Equity, Dept. of Health and Human Services

Demonstrating hearing assistive technological devices that enhance the ability of people with hearing losses to live independently, including assistive listening devices, TV devices, visual alert doorbells and smoke detectors, vibrating pages, visual/tactile alarm clocks and smartphone and iPad apps .

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Helping you to plan for living your best retirement and beyond with life insurance, annuities and estate planning, as well as maximizing your auto and home insurance to best protect you and save.

Maple Suites

Informative information regarding the Map[le Suites company and retirement community.

McGregor Memorial EMS

Public safety, willing to show/teach CPR, check vitals (BP, etc), answer any questions, as well as provide any information about the organization.

NH Senior Games

Founded in 1987, The NH Senior Games, Inc. is a not-for-profit (501 C-3) all-volunteer sports and fitness organization governed by a board of directors. The Granite State Senior Games' (GSSG's) sporting events are now known as the New Hampshire Senior Games (NHSG). We are New Hampshire's premier multi-sport event for the 50+ population. NHSG is the only New Hampshire organization in the state to be sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) to qualify senior athletes for participation in the National Senior Games held every two years.

NHTI, Concord's Community College

Oral health information geared for seniors and possible oral health screenings.

Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (NDHHS)

NDHHS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving deaf/hard-of-hearing people throughout the state of New Hampshire. We provide many different programs and services to the deaf/hard-of-hearing community. For example, the NH Telecommunications Equipment Assistance Program (NH-TEAP) can provide specialized telephone equipment at little or no cost to residents with any kind of disability.

Northeast Passage

You've still got it! Take a look at equipment and programs available to help you maintain participation in the sports/activities you love!

Port City Chiropractic

Chiropractic, massage and hypnosis: chiropractic for a continued active lifestyle

Ready Rides

We provide free transportation to medical related appointments to those residents that are 55+ or disabled living in Barrington, Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Nottingham, Northwood, Newmarket and Strafford. Our volunteers are vetted and use their own cars

RiverWoods Durham

Informative information on the Continuing Care Retirement Community concept as well as active aging.

Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps and Seacoast Public Health

Emergency Preparedness information and free educational offerings to the community.

Seacoast Village Project

We are in the planning phase of making "aging in place" a real option in some of our New Hampshire Seacoast communities. Our proposed village will provide social connections and meaningful support (from members, vetted volunteers and professionals), while leveraging our consumer power to make change.

Strafford County ServiceLink

We will have some ATinNH gadgets to display/demo as well as brochures and handouts.

The Residence at Silver Square

A Walk in Their Shoes & Cognitive Assessments: A brief dementia simulation to help people understand how a person with dementia perceives the world around them and how participants can better communicate with them. Cognitive assessments will help participants to see how the challenges they faced in the simulation directly correlate to certain areas of the brain and function.

The Sonatina Center for Creative Arts Therapy

We provide individual and group music therapy and art therapy services to children and adults at our center and out in the community. We will primarily be displaying our services for older adults and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging

Ag-friendly communities across Northern New England: We will be offering information related to our efforts to promote initiatives that foster aging in place in communities across New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. We will share the learning opportunities we have available, including twice monthly webinars, a robust online resource hub, and regional in-person gatherings.

UNH Anthropology

Culture, Bones, and Biology  The Human Experience of Aging: Informational booth about human aging and care bioculturally and cross-culturally.

UNH Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hearing screenings and information about hearing loss (conference room).

UNH Department of Nursing

The first semester Direct Entry Masters in Nursing students will present on:

  • Sleep
  • Cognition
  • Hydration
  • Pain management using complementary therapies
  • Stress management
  • Oral care

UNH Hospitality Services

UNH Dining Halls, Catering and retail outlets such as the Dairy Bar. Seeking to inform regarding public access to our operations and potential workforce applicants. Serving complimentary yogurt parfaits.

UNH Human Resources Benefits

Engaging participants in fun games to understand UNH resources available to enhance an individual's preparation for retirement as well as life after retirement.

UNH Kinesiology: Association of Exercise Science Students

  • Fall-risk obstacle course and fall-safely station.
  • Exercise is Medicine Across the Decades: Advice of what health-related physical fitness components to address with activity through the decades
  •  Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program: Heart Health

UNH Nutrition Program

 Promoting healthy, active aging through nutrition education.

UNH Occupational Therapy

  • Falls prevention education to include screenings, home modifications and exercise suggestions
  • CarFit: Adjustments and ideas to maximize safety and comfort while driving, with in-car safety screenings to educate senior drives on best practices for adjusting their car to increase safety and comfort.
  • Information Communication Technology Training: Providing home-based, one-on-one training on information communication technology with through students in the occupational therapy program.

UNH Online Assistive Technology

UNH Online offers a graduate-level certificate in assistive technology. We will have our Student Success Coach on hand with marketing materials to describe the program and answer questions.

UNH Psychology

The Healthy Aging Brain: Information will be presented on how physical and mental activities benefit the aging brain.

UNH Recreation Management and Policy

 Students will conduct leisure assessments and provide resources for community engagement.

Thank you to our proud partner:
Endowment for Health

Thank you to our sponsors:




Alzheimer's Association


Dunkin' Donuts





Riverwoods Durham


UNH Hospitality Services