Those of us who are fortunate enough to reach older age in the State of Connecticut have access to supports and programs that are among the best in the nation.
The State Department on Aging is dedicated to helping connect you with resources that can help improve your quality of life. We want you to be well-informed of the range of supports that are available, equipped to advocate on your own behalf and prepared with resources for assistance when needed.
Together with our partners, we ensure that Connecticut’s elders have access to the supportive services necessary to live with dignity, security, and independence. Our aging network partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging across the state, senior centers, municipal agents for the elderly, and many others who provide services to older adults.
While we feel fortunate to live in a state with a rich tapestry of programs for older residents, we are mindful that more must be done. Our state has over 500,000 residents over the age of 65, and the population of residents over the age of 85 has increased 32% in just ten years. This trend is a hopeful one — residents are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. In response to this, we must focus our attention and resources on Connecticut’s older residents.
Together with the Connecticut Commission on Aging and other advocates within and outside of government, we are committed to keeping issues related to aging at the forefront of the policy agenda to ensure continued progress.
We hope we can help make a positive difference in your life, or the life of a loved one. As the Department continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of our residents, we need to hear your ideas and suggestions. Please contact me at any time.
Edith G. Prague, MSW
State Department on Aging