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$14.95, 6 x 9, softcover, 128 pages, full color, index
ISBN: 978-1-942155-33-1
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Publication date: April 6, 2020

Communities & Consequences II

Rebalancing New Hampshire’s Human Ecology

by Peter Francese and Lorraine Stuart Merrill

Description

New Hampshire’s age structure urgently needs rebalancing before shortages of workers cripple economic growth and impede our ability to care for the rapidly growing numbers of older residents.

More than the increase in people over 65, the concern is the decreasing numbers of children and young people. Nationally school-age children outnumber seniors, but our state now has 22% more residents age 65 or older than children ages five to 17.

This book and companion documentary film by Jay Childs describe how we got here, and how visionary local leaders are crafting strategies to restore balance, and build thriving intergenerational communities.

 For regularly updated facts and periodic interviews please visit the website: www.nhpbs/communitiesandconsequences.org

Major film and book sponsors

This book and companion documentary film by Jay Childs describe how we got here, and how visionary local leaders are crafting strategies to restore balance, and build thriving intergenerational communities.

We are grateful for the organizations and individuals that provided financial support and expertise for this book and the companion documentary film by Jay Childs. We are also deeply appreciative for the assistance provided by our partner and fiscal agent New Hampshire PBS.

New England Studios, LLC, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Cathartes, DTC Lawyers, PLLC, EnviroVantage, Exeter Hospital, Heritage Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric, New Hampshire REALTORS, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Anagnost Companies, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc., Orbit Group, Northeast Delta Dental

About the Authors

LORRAINE STUART MERRILL has written about agriculture, land use, community planning, business, and the environment in New Hampshire and the Northeast for more than 30 years. She has been a teacher, school board member, and a trustee of the University System of New Hampshire. In 10 years as New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, Lorraine traveled the state speaking to groups and visiting farms and food businesses. Longtime farmers, she and her husband, John, have two sons and three granddaughters. They received the American Farmland Trust Steward of the Land Award in 2003 for “outstanding leadership at the national, state, and local levels in protecting farmland and caring for the environment.” Lorraine is a University of New Hampshire graduate and was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Society Policy Fellow.

PETER FRANCESE founded American Demographics Magazine and often speaks and writes on today’s demographically related issues. Francese has written several books on marketing and the impact of demographic trends. He was the co-author with Lorraine Stuart Merrill on the 2008 book and on the documentary by Jay Childs titled Communities & Consequences: The Unbalancing of New Hampshire’s Human Ecology and what we can do about it. Francese is the recipient of the Silver Bell Award from the Advertising Council for distinguished public service and is a graduate of Cornell University. Francese subsequently served a term on Cornell President’s council to provide insight on relevant demographic trends. Francese is a resident of Exeter with his wife, The Honorable Paula Francese, who recently served Exeter for two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.