Vibrant Communities and
Healthy Aging Go Hand-In-Hand

The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative, 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.

Age Well


Age-friendly communities provide affordable, accessible, diverse housing and transportation options and public buildings and spaces; supportive community features and services; and vibrancy and opportunities for community engagement. They engage residents in civic and social life and allow people to remain in their homes and communities. 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.


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.


Building on the work of the Connecticut Livable Communities initiative, the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative is currently preparing an analysis of aging in the state, Connecticut’s history of livable community work coupled with priorities and best practices.

Our guiding principals

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.


Our Steering Committee Members:

Ellen Carter

Vice President of Program Connecticut Health Foundation

Anna Doroghazi

Associate State Director for Advocacy & Outreach

Margaret Gerundo-Murkette

Administration Manager
Connecticut State Department of Aging & Disability Services
State Unit on Aging

Steven Hernández

Executive Director
Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity

Dr. Andrea June

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Science
Chair, Gerontology Minor
Central Connecticut State University – Age Friendly University
Chair, Connecticut Healthy Living Collective

Mag Morelli

Leading Age Connecticut

Sherry Ostrout

Project Lead, Connecticut Age Well Collaborative
Director of Government Initiatives
Connecticut Community Care

June Renzulli

Chair, CT Age Well Collaborative,
Retired Program Officer,
Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation

Julia Evans Starr

Connecticut Community Care

Deborah Stein

Vice Chair, Connecticut Healthy Living Collective
Retired Program Officer, Connecticut Community Foundation

Dianne Stone

Associate Director, Network Development and Engagement
National Council on Aging

Joan Wessel

Executive Director
Senior Resources – Agency on Aging
CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Our Staff

Alyssa Norwood

Lead Consultant
Connecticut Age Well Collaborative

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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.


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.


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.


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

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