“It’s an exciting time in our history. Leaders across northern New England are building collaborative, community responses to the needs of older adults aging in their communities. This new online tool we’re launching today will guide communities through the process, give them access to tools other communities have successfully used, and connect them to other community leaders engaged in the work.”
- Jess Maurer, TSLCA Project Manager, on the TSLCA Community Network (June 2016)

TSLCA and Staff in the News

As Population Ages, Who Will Care for the Caregivers?
New Hampshire Union Leader – November 7, 2016

“The need to recognize and support caregivers is among the most significant, overlooked challenges facing the U.S. population, their families and society,” said Tri-State project manager Jess Maurer, quoting from a recent report done on caregiving by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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As Rural America Ages, Volunteers Give a Hand
Stateline, October 25, 2016

“There isn’t enough money in Maine to deal with this problem,” said Jess Maurer, executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. “It’s going to have to be community by community, using volunteers and public and private resources.”

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Maine Faces Dramatic Labor Shortage of Home Care Workers
The Free Press, September 29, 2016

“It’s not a shortage. It’s a crisis,” said Maurer. “People who need help getting out of bed, showered and dressed and having meals cooked are going without that kind of care because we cannot find qualified workers and retain them, given the current climate.”

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Hundreds Will Attend Summit on Aging in Augusta
Portland Press Herald – September 19, 2016

“The third annual event will highlight innovative strategies that individuals, organizations and communities are using to improve the health and well-being of older adults.”

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There’s Now 1 Less Excuse for Your Town to Not Help Older Adults
Bangor Daily News – June 2, 2016

“It’s essential for local people to be involved in local decisions, but the current patchwork of efforts can also create redundancies and inefficiencies. That’s why this move to connect communities is so important.”

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TSLCA Launches New Network to Support Growing Age Friendly Community Movement
VTDigger.org – June 1, 2016

“Each page integrates tools that other communities have used, national reports and resources, and TSLCA webinars that dive deeper into the subject.”

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Networks are key for graying Granite Staters
New Hampshire Union Leader – March 29, 2016

“For decades, Maurer said, municipal planners have looked through the lens of providing for families and children. Planning for aging populations means thinking differently about housing, transportation, healthcare, even shopping, she said.”

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First-in-the-Nation Multi-State Learning Collaborative to Host Regional Summit on Aging
VTDigger.org – February 22, 2016

“Communities are collaborating with an array of partners to help older adults live well in their homes and communities and to build stronger communities that are livable for all ages. The Tri-State Summit on Aging will highlight these exciting efforts and provide an opportunity for leaders from these communities to learn from each other and from experts working on issues like housing, transportation, technology and health care.”

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Connecting age-friendly ideas across northern New England
Bangor Daily News – January 15, 2016

“The new organization [TSLCA] maintains an online clearinghouse for exchanging information about volunteer-based programs that are keeping elders safe in their homes in each state.”

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A year later, how this grassroots effort to help elders live at home is snowballing
Bangor Daily News – December 25, 2015

“The group makes a point to speak at conferences and is a member of the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging, which shares information on successful strategies that help older adults thrive in their homes and communities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.”

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10 Mainers to be Thankful for in 2015
Portland Press Herald – November 26, 2015

“If you’re looking for silver linings, one advantage of being the state with the country’s oldest median age is that it puts Maine at the leading edge in tackling issues that affect the elderly.”

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