Community Living


  • New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services: Provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older and to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have a chronic illness or disability.  These services range from home care, meals on wheels, care management, transportation assistance and assisted living to nursing home care.  Legal support services, advocacy for disabled adults, information and assistance regarding Medicare, and information about volunteer opportunities are also important support services provided in the community by BEAS.  All services and supports are intended to assist people to live as independently as possible in safety and with dignity.
  • AARP: Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.
  • Seniors Count: Seniors Count is a convener of partnerships that are a catalyst for community-based outreach and action to redefine and ensure independence for older people, and in doing so, create a better life for all.
  • Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) is a trusted university-based resource for applied research, evaluation and technical assistance, which will improve knowledge, policies and practices that guide New Hampshire citizens and policy makers in preparing for the aging of the population.

Community Living

Healthy Living

  • NH Partners in Health: Helps families of children with a chronic health condition that significantly impacts daily life. Partners in Health's role is to advocate, access resources, navigate systems and build capacity to manage the chronic health condition of their child. Locations throughout the state. No income requirements.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: CMS's mission is to ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries.
  • Northeast Passage: Northeast Passage, founded in 1990, is a nationally recognized leader in the provision of innovative therapeutic recreation services. Northeast Passage delivers disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs throughout New England.

Independent Living

  • CMS New Freedom Initiative: The New Freedom Initiative (NFI) was announced by President Bush on February 1, 2001, followed up by the Executive Order 13217 on June 18, 2001. The initiative is a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses. It represents and important step in working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, choose where to live and participate in community life.
  • Granite State Independent Living: Founded in 1980, GSIL is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities and those experiencing the natural process of aging through advocacy, information, education and support.
  • Independent Living Institute is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples' self-determination, self-respect and dignity. Services include a virtual library and interactive services for persons with extensive disabilities, as well as designing and implementing direct payment schemes for personal assistance services, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.
  • Independent Living Research Utilization at TIRR: The ILRU program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.


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