Tilton resident and selectman Patricia Consentino, shown here in May with Gov. John Lynch as she accepted the Vaughan Award in recognition of her work for senior citizens, was named a member of the State Committee on Aging last week after a recommendation by the governor. (File Photo) (click for larger version)
August 29, 2012TILTON — Patricia Consentino of Tilton was selected to serve on the State Committee on Aging after she was nominated by Gov. John Lynch and approved in a vote by the Executive Council on Aug. 22.
The SCOA is comprised of 18 people who may serve a maximum of two three-year terms. Fifteen of those seats are filled from the governor's recommendations, and must include at least one resident from each of the state's ten counties. The remaining three seats are filled by a legislative member appointed by the chairman of the Health and Services Oversight Committee, a state representative appointed by the Speaker of the House, and by one state senator who is appointed by the president of the New Hampshire Senate.
In addition, a minimum of eight of the committee's members must be over the age of 60, and none may have any financial interest in agencies who receive federal or other funds through the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.
Consentino, a known local advocate for seniors, said she was excited about the appointment, and saw it as a winning situation for both herself and local seniors.
"I think I will learn a lot, and be able to bring back resources to the area," she said. "There's a lot more to be had for elderly residents here in Belknap County, and around the state."
Members of the SCOA work to identify concerns of older residents across New Hampshire, then make their recommendations on how to address or resolve those issues to BEAS. Together, they seek to protect the well being, rights and quality of life for the elderly, according to their state website.
This past May, Consentino was recognized with the state's prestigious Vaughan Award, which annually recognizes one person from each county over the age of 60 for their efforts on behalf of New Hampshire's senior residents. Consentino was selected for her work over the past two years on the development of a senior center in Tilton. The center serves elderly residents from all surrounding communities and is currently engaged with the Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program, providing health and social programs as well as entertainment, respite from severe weather temperatures, and low cost luncheons four days a week.
Consentino is a co-founder of the Caring Hands Assisting Tilton committee, geared toward keeping seniors comfortable and safe in their own homes, and serves as president of the executive committee which oversees CHAT, the senior center and its operations. She is also serving in her second term on the board of selectmen in Tilton, where she is the current chairman.