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“Aging in Our Community” is a collaborative effort, involving those who wish to remain in their homes for as long as practical in planning for the lives they choose. We are exploring ways to build on the strengths and services of our community to support individuals and families in remaining comfortable, safe, and spiritually strong, while facing challenges that come along with aging. We also connect with organizations, services, and educational opportunities in neighboring towns and across the region to ensure a full spectrum of opportunities for community members.

All are welcome to be part of the conversation, to volunteer time or talents, or just to hear what’s happening.

A broad set of opportunities:

  • Monthly conversations over lunch or by Zoom, offering a safe space for conversation about changing lives and changing priorities. There’s a topic of focus with an expert in the field for each meeting.
  • Life Planning resources, education, and conversation, including financial and estate planning, healthcare, and end-of-life planning, in collaboration with the Dartmouth Aging Resource Center, Caldwell Law, Lyme Parish Nurses, and other local organizations.
  • Orford Senior Center, serving Lyme, hosts a growing set of services emerging as the pandemic loosens its grip. Weekly Monday lunches, “Grab-N-Stay” meals on Thursdays, a free ride service for targeted transportation within the county, and more. Go to the OSC Website for menus, activities, and more. Contact OSC Coordinator, Jessica Musone at jmusone@gcscc.org or 603-353-9107, for reservations or questions. 
  • Partnership with Those Guys of Lyme service organization, providing transportation and a broad range of handy services.
  • Education and book discussion groups, at the CCL Living Room, the Library, other community locations and online. A wide range of topics has been explored, and new programs are being added all the time. Please let us know if there’s a topic you would like to learn more about. 
  • Access to ARC resources, activities, and educational programming. Click here for more information about programs at the Aging Resource Center at DartmouthWe’ll help with rides and also share programming in Lyme.
  • Falls prevention resources. In addition to community programming and support through the Dartmouth Aging Resource Center, CCL offers a free night light that automatically turns on when there’s movement to make it safer to walk through the home after dark. Contact us to learn more.
  • Welcoming New Neighbors is an ongoing CCL priority. Contact us to receive a warm personal welcome and an information packet, created with the Library, Town Clerk, and other community organizations, providing information about services and volunteer opportunities.
  • Support for “Aging in Place” – Living in the home or residence you choose for as long as practical. CCL is working to make it easier to get the services, support, and modifications to the living spaces you may need to adapt to changing needs as you age. Share your hopes and concerns about Aging in Place on this quick form. It’s just a start. We are eager to speak with you.
  • Support for those who live alone, working with the Lyme Parish Nurses, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, other community service groups, and businesses
    • Home wellness visits
    • Home safety checks
    • Grocery delivery
    • Check in phone calls to neighbors
    • Small group meals
  • Surveys of the community help to understand hopes we all have about aging and anticipated and unmet needs for support.
  • Learning and sharing across the region and beyond. CCL is a member of networks across the country, sharing insights and inspiration with other communities and movements, and combining voices to advocate for change.
    • Elder Forum of the Upper Valley

The Latest Updates

Links to Aging in Our Community monthly updates, featured events, and news.

  • From the State Commission on Aging: 2023 Annual Report and Executive Summary, with recommended next steps in four key priority areas.
  • Aging Matters NH State Commission on Aging’s Newsletter
  • Coming up: Cooking for One, Together. We’ll gather to talk together about eating well when you’re not cooking for a whole family or group. If you’ve got tips or great recipes, please let us know.  Stay tuned! 
  • Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7, 2023. During this time, people eligible for Medicare can compare 2024 coverage options. Learn moreLocally, ServiceLink can be a big help with information and access to financial support.
  • We’re updating our online resources! Over the next couple of months, we’re looking for your input. What information do you look for most online? What makes it hard to use web resources? What’s are favorite websites for information related to aging? What else would you like to tell us? Contact us.

Programs, Classes, and Events

This is a selection of upcoming activities from the Community Calendar, including Lyme and other local community offerings, as well as a range of virtual programs. Click on an event to read more details. If you know of an event to add or corrections to suggest, please click “Contact Us” above or call 603-795-0603.