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. 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 and co-create

Raise awareness

Provide resources and support

Celebrate and scale action

Evaluate rigorously to inform scalability


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 is launching the Community Leaders Fellowship, a compensated opportunity for individuals with lived aging, dementia and disability experience and their care partners to guide and shape the Collaborative’s work.  Through a process of shared learning, trust-building and empowerment, a subset of the Fellows will be selected to join the Collaborative’s Steering Committee longer-term.  The group may also serve as a learning laboratory and model for municipal community engagement work, with an emphasis on valuing and engaging with lived in experience. To receive an announcement of this opportunity when it becomes available, sign up for our e-news.


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. Learn more in our 2023 Age Well Academy, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all five events in 2023, following our launch event on November 30.

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

Meet the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative: Launch Event and Report Release

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 11am | Virtual

How to Reframe the Aging Narrative: Celebrating Vitality

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 11am | Virtual

Sharing and Celebration Summit: Honoring Community Excellence

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 11am | State Capitol

Understanding Your Community: An Interactive Data Tool

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 11am | Virtual

Practical Action for Aging, Dementia and Disability Inclusivity: Best Practice Guidelines

Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 11am | Virtual

Honoring Lived Experience and Creating Community Authority

Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 11am | Virtual


Resource Guide

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 new report is the first in a series of resource guides to support local government in shaping communities where we all can age wellRegister here to attend our virtual release event, with the guide to be posted after.


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/CT Aging

Mag Morelli

President, LeadingAge Connecticut

Sherry Ostrout

Director of Government Initiatives, Connecticut Community Care

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

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 State Department of Aging and Disability Services

Point32Health Foundation


AARP Connecticut

Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Central Connecticut State University

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 Aging

CT Department of Public Health

CT State Independent Living Council

CTData Collaborative

The Housing Collective - Centers for Housing Opportunity

LeadingAge Connecticut

Regional Plan Association

Sustainable CT

UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut

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