Inform efforts with lived experience
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.
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.
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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).
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 email@example.com.
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