Vibrant Communities and
Aging Well 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. Delegated by the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, the Collaborative is leading 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.


Inform efforts with lived experience

Raise awareness

Provide resources and support

Celebrate and scale action

Embrace collective impact partnership


The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative is aligning efforts across organizations and has established this integrated framework for communities across Connecticut to foster greater aging, dementia and disability inclusivity across the lifespan.



The Collaborative leads the Community Leaders Fellowship, a compensated opportunity for Connecticut community members who are aging, living with dementia, living with a disability, or acting as a care partner to someone who is. In a process of shared learning, trust-building and empowerment, participants are guiding and shaping the work of the Collaborative and piloting a model for municipal community engagement that emphasizes valuing lived experience, especially from historically disempowered populations. A subset of the Fellows will be selected to join the Collaborative’s Steering Committee longer-term. The application period for the 2023 Community Leaders Fellowship is now closed.

Watch the recording of our info session. To learn about what the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative is, what Fellows learn and do, the benefits of participating, and how fellows applied and were selected, watch, the recording of our info session here

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Our communities are stronger when they include the full scope of our energy, including the contributions of older people, individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and individuals with disabilities. More aging, dementia and disability-inclusive communities also tend to demonstrate deeper connection, improved health, and higher rates of economic growth. Successfully shaping policies, practices and resource flows that support Connecticut residents across the lifespan first requires us to look at our deeply held, implicit beliefs about aging, dementia and disability.

This year, we’re launching a campaign to disrupt ageism and ableism. Join us to learn about our statewide campaign, the invitation to co-create it with us, opportunities for education and support in your community, how to adapt and locally implement your own campaign, and what inspiring efforts are happening in Connecticut to deepen a sense of belonging for all residents.

Learn more in our 2024 Age Well Academy, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all four events in 2024. To access recordings of prior events, visit our YouTube channel.

Eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official Credit (CMMO) with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).

Meet Our Campaign: Disrupting Ageism and Ableism in Connecticut

Thursday, January 4, 2024, 11am to Noon | Virtual

We’re Going Local! Opportunities for Education and Support in Your Community on Disrupting Ageism and Ableism

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 11am to Noon | Virtual

Launching Our Municipal Toolkit: A “How To” Set of Resources on Disrupting Ageism and Ableism

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 11am to Noon | Virtual

Celebrating and Sharing Inspiration: Lifting Local Voices

Thursday, September 12, 2024, 11am to Noon | Virtual

We’ve been singing about aging. Yes, singing! We commissioned the incredibly talented Connecticut composer, musician, storyteller and teacher Jeff McQuillan to help compose and perform our musical theme, We Age Well, which premiered with the launch of our Age Well Academy. The melody, instrumentation and lyrics of We Age Well all seek to capture the spirit of celebration and vibrancy that we hope to inspire in communities across Connecticut.  You can listen to the song and download the lyrics.


Municipal government, community stakeholders and residents can work together to create more aging, dementia and disability-inclusive communities, resulting in more just, equitable communities for everyone. The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative’s resource guides series supports local government in shaping communities where we all can age well. 


Connecticut is a wellspring of ideas and innovations on how to foster aging, dementia and disability inclusivity. How does YOUR community inspire others throughout the state? The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative presented its first annual Wellspring Awards at our Sharing and Celebration Summit at the State Capitol on April 26, 2023.  You can view photos from our event and read about our award recipients.

Connecticut-specific, community-based projects, initiatives and policies implemented within the past five years and/or with ongoing, meaningful, relevant community impact were considered. Strong nominations promote aging, dementia, or disability inclusivity; integrate the voices of individuals with lived experience; and have long-term, systemic community impact going beyond provision of individual services and supports. Our nomination period is closed for this year. For updates on our Wellspring Awards, sign up for our enews.


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 the Point32Health Foundation (formed by a combination of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation).

leadership, staff & Partners

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/AgingCT

Mag Morelli

President, LeadingAge Connecticut

June Renzulli

Retired Aging Services Professional, Collaborative Chair

Kyle Shiel

Principal Planner, Capitol Region Council of Governments

Deborah Stein

Retired Aging Services Professional

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


Karen Green

Operations and Network Coordinator

Christina Gray

Community Partnerships Manager

Lesley Holford

Lead Communications Consultant

Our Partners:

Collective impact brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change. The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative plans and implements its work through a collective impact model. This evolving list reflects strategically cultivated relationships with governmental, nonprofit and academic organizations who were invited as partners. “Partners” are organizations committed to collaborating to align efforts and shared resources toward fostering Connecticut communities where we all thrive as we grow up and grow older. We also look forward to cultivating more formal relationships with municipalities, community centers of power, grassroots leaders and other key stakeholders. To explore partnership with the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative, e-mail


Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity

Connecticut Community Care

Connecticut Council of Developmental Disabilities​

Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services​

Point32Health Foundation​


AARP Connecticut

Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter


The Arc Connecticut

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Central Connecticut State University

Connecticut Association of Directors of Health

Connecticut Association of Senior Center Personnel

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Connecticut Local Administrators of Social Services

Connecticut Main Street Center

CT Chapter of American Planning Association

CT Council of Small Towns​

CTData Collaborative​

CT Department of Public Health​

CT State Independent Living Council​

CT Training and Technical Assistance Center at UCONN

The Housing Collective - Centers for Housing Opportunity

LeadingAge Connecticut​

National Conference for Community and Justice​

Partnership for Strong Communities​

Regional Plan Association​

Sustainable CT​​

UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut

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