The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) is a staffed, shared learning collaborative on aging hosted by the Maine Council on Aging and supported by foundations and organizations across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Created in 2015, the TSLCA provides free, credible, and relevant educational programing to people in Northern New England. Our Advisory Council guides our overall work and connects us directly with people in each state who can share information to deepen our learning. We are a trusted source of quality information and learning for nearly 3,000 people across the region. Northern New England is at the leading edge of an unprecedented opportunity facing our nation and globe. We have outlived our systems and need to reimagine how to live in community together—to build communities for all ages. We can increase our collaborative impact and pool our limited resources through shared learning.
Northern New England is at the leading edge of an unprecedented opportunity facing our nation and globe. We are living longer, more productive lives than ever before, and, to meet our new needs in older life, we must reimagine all of our systems. The good news is that communities, organizations and businesses around our region have developed and deployed innovative strategies across communities and settings to ensure we can all live healthy, engaged, and secure lives in our homes and communities.We can increase our collaborative impact and pool our limited resources through shared learning.
TSLCA aims to:
- encourage naturally occurring community responses to the needs of older residents, older workers and family caregivers
- prevent programs from remaining fragmented and created in isolation
- provide support and a catalog of promising models already in use elsewhere—in both northern New England and nationally
- create a forum for people working on these issues to share ideas and tools or get technical assistance.
Given the magnitude of our current situation and the existence of community and business leaders who are already working to find and implement solutions that address these challenges, we have created a Learning Collaborative that shares information, connects communities, and fosters new partnerships.
The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLC)
supports, strengthens and cultivates current community-based initiatives and systemic best practices that help older adults thrive in their homes and communities. The TSLC also encourages the growth of new initiatives and practices by building new connections and partnerships across sectors, communities and states.
The TSLCA does this by:
- sharing information on successful strategies
- creating learning opportunities for community, municipal, policy and business leaders who are working to address issues facing older adults and their communities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont
- facilitate issue-specific cross-border conversations that connect communities to increase collaboration and partnerships across the region
The work of the TSLCA will help:
- inform public policy
- change attitudes about aging, and
- increase knowledge among providers, advocates and policy makers.