To the Editor: I am truly saddened and discouraged to hear that in February 2019 there will be no funding to keep the Silver Linings column continuing. This column has been a great source of information to all older adults in our communities, and now it appears that voice will be silenced, unless new funding is found. Gretchen and Roberta did excellent reporting on the issues confronting us, and by keeping them in the forefront for our citizens, we had a way to understand and help those older adults realize what might be available for them as resources for help.
Not everything in the paper needs to be focused on the opioid crisis or other issues. With the second fastest-growing older adult population in the nation, one would think it valuable to have them recognized as an integral part of the community, not an afterthought. The older adult community has helped build this state, and it’s only right to recognize their contributions.
I surely hope there is some way funding can be found to continue this invaluable service. Our older adult community needs better communications now more than ever, and it’s the responsibility of the Union Leader to try to make that happen, please.
Evergreen Way, Manchester
Editor’s Note: Our Silver Linings coverage isn’t going away. The issues and interests of older generations are a key part of our coverage. Our reporters will continue that coverage; and our popular Silver Linings: Senior Healthy Living Expos will continue, with the next one scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at the Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth. Individuals and organizations who would like to help fund more of our solutions journalism work should contact Katie McQuaid at email@example.com.