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Successful Aging

In Greater New Haven, the over-65 population is growing at a faster rate than in the rest of Connecticut. Older residents are a diverse group presenting a wide array of needs, concerns, desires and assets. To stay on top of the issues and trends facing older adults, The Community Foundation is a participant in the EngAGEment Initiative through a partnership of grantmakers from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy working with the national consortium, Grantmakers in Aging. The goal is to increase awareness and encourage funders to take an active interest in aging issues and use funders’ influence and knowledge to assist in finding creative and viable solutions.


Aging is an issue for all ages.  With the first wave of 77 million American Baby Boomers turning 65 in 2011, the “silver surge” is impacting our community in many ways.  While some older adults are frail and live in poverty, many are not. As a group, seniors today represent the largest, healthiest, best educated and most vigorous group of older adults in history, and the size of that group is growing.

Connecticut is the seventh oldest state in the nation.  By 2030, the senior population is projected to grow by more than 60%, far exceeding the rate of growth for the general populationi.

According to a survey sponsored by AARP, three-quarters of adults 50 and older want to remain in their current residence as long as possible.  Communities that foster health and independence can support this desire to “age in place.”  For older people to live well and age successfully, they must be able to remain mobile at home and in the community.

Learn More: read the complete Issue Brief

i CT Commission on Aging 

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Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut is a community based organization dedicated to providing a wide array of high-quality health services for individuals in the home and community.
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The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut empowers adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information and services.

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The Mary Wade Home provides the highest quality medical and social programs and supervised residential services for those in need.
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View more opportunities to improve your community’s health and wellness.

A stronger Community

Home Health Care

The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut provides high quality home care for older adults and others with medical needs.

Keeping Engaged

The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut connects persons 55 and older with volunteer and employment opportunities.

A Good Neighbor

Learn how the Mary Wade Home is helping to revitalize a local New Haven neighborhood.

News, Reports & Resources

It Takes A Village (11/14/13, Daily Nutmeg)

The state’s plan for rebalancing long term care, includes a new website launched in June 2013.





The MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society research network brings together scholars who are analyzing how to help the nation prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging society.


East Rock Village launches a new idea for helping Seniors stay in their homes. Read More ... This 2-1-1 Barometer reviews the Connecticut population and economic trends that impact older adults and examines the thousands of calls 2-1-1 receives annually from older adults or their family members for needed resources.  Read More...



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Matt Higbee

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