Vibrant Communities and
Healthy Aging Go Hand-In-Hand

The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative is a statewide, cross-sector initiative that fosters Connecticut communities where we all thrive as we grow up and grow older. The Collaborative co-creates, educates, innovates, celebrates and evaluates best practices, projects and policies to shape more aging, dementia, and disability-inclusive communities.

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AGING, DEMENTIA AND DISABILITY-INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Livable communities are inclusive, vibrant, intergenerational places where we all can thrive across the lifespan. They include physical infrastructure, services, and opportunities for connection for all residents. They are intentional in planning with an aging, dementia and disability lens. Done well, they enhance the quality of life for all residents, create tremendous economic value in towns and cities, promote healthy living and support environmental sustainability.

CONNECTICUT HEALTHY AGING DATA REPORT

The Connecticut Healthy Aging Data Report helps residents, agencies, lawmakers and community leaders understand the older people who live in their cities and towns. It provides data and recommendations to help advance healthy aging to aid in building vibrant, healthy communities that work for all ages. Connecticut is one of only four states in the nation to have such extensive data available for healthy aging.

Within this report, you will find interactive maps, in-depth charts, and comprehensive profiles that include nearly 200 indicators of healthy aging for each of the state’s 169 cities and towns, plus 12 neighborhoods in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford.

All data was compiled by researchers at the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The work was funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

ABOUT THE CONNECTICUT AGE WELL COLLABORATIVE

The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative is a statewide, cross-sector initiative that fosters Connecticut communities where we all thrive as we grow up and grow older. The Collaborative co-creates, educates, innovates, celebrates and evaluates best practices, projects and policies to shape more aging, dementia, and disability-inclusive communities. Delegated by the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors and Equal Opportunity, the Collaborative is implementing the state's livable communities initiative (Section 17b-420a of the Connecticut General Statutes).

Our guiding principlEs

Emphasize access, equity, and inclusion.

Change the conversation about aging from “challenge” to “asset”.

Listen more and let everyone’s voice be heard.

Maintain a sense of urgency and accountability.

Ensure the nature of work is interactive and transparent.

Be responsive to evolving and emerging issues.

Promote a community of continuous learning.

Celebrate success among our partners.

leadership and staff

Our Steering Committee Members:

Ellen Carter

Vice President of Program, Connecticut Health Foundation

Ayesha Clarke

Interim Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions

Stephanye Clarke

Program Officer, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Joel Cox

Director of Human Services, City of Manchester

Anna Dorghazi

Associate State Director, AARP Connecticut

Margaret Gerundo- Murkette

Administration Manager, Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services

Gretchen Knauff

Director of Disability Services, City of New Haven

Christy Kovel

Director of Public Policy, Alzheimer's Association

Andrea June

Associate Professor, Central Connecticut State University

Melissa Lang

Director, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut/CT Aging

Mag Morelli

President, LeadingAge Connecticut

Sherry Ostrout

Director of Government Initiatives, Connecticut Community Care

June Renzulli

Member of the Public, Collaborative Chair

Kyle Shiel

Principal Planner, Capitol Region Council of Governments

Deborah Stein

Member of the Public

Christie Stewart

Chief Initiative Officer, Center for Housing Opportunity

Dianne Stone

Associate Director for Network Development and Engagement, National Council on Aging

Michael Werner

Legislative Aging Policy Analyst, Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity

Our Staff

Alyssa Norwood

Director

Lisa Noriega

Community Partnerships Consultant

Karen Green

Operations and Network Coordinator

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2020

Awarded funding and created Steering Committee to establish CT Age Well Collaborative; conducted key stakeholder interviews and environmental analysis of age-friendly communities work in Connecticut and beyond.

2022

Developed and began 5-pillar Collaborative work plan:

1. Informing and co-creating community efforts with lived experience through a Community Leadership Team.

2. Raising awareness on issues of aging, dementia and disability inclusivity through an education campaign.

3. Providing resources and support to communities through targeted technical assistance.

4. Creating an opportunity for recognition and celebration of aging, dementia and disability-inclusive communities.

5. Partnering with academic stakeholders to inform local efforts with evidence-based practice.


2021

Released the first-ever Healthy Aging Data Report in Connecticut, which offers insights, about the health of older adults across the state and supports communities and other key stakeholders in data-driven planning, prioritizing and policy-making.

AGE-FRIENDLY RESOURCES

Connecticut for Livable Communities

Communities across Connecticut all want to be thriving places for people to grow up and grow older. Connecticut for Livable Communities, an initiative of Connecticut’s Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (formerly run by the Commission on Aging), provides information and inspiration for community leaders to prepare for the changing demographics of our state.

AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

World Health Organization Checklist of Essential Features of Age-Friendly Cities

Reframing Aging - Frameworks

Framing can help address negative attitudes toward aging. FrameWorks' research offers powerful ways to shift thinking about aging and older people.

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