The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC) is an independent non-profit agencies on aging in Connecticut serving older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to provide a range of options that allow older adults 60 and over to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best.
AASCC was the first AAA established in Connecticut and began with just three staff in 1974. In 40 years AASCC has grown to a 150 staff agency that now serves older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers. The reach of our programs has also grown to include a wide-range of services and information to help individuals remain safely at home and opportunities for older adults to stay active and engaged in their community.
Highlight of Goals 2015
1) To be able to continue providing an excellent level of services for older adults and individuals with disabilities, enabling them to live safely at home, in this climate of decreasing government funding.
2) To identify revenue sources that will increase future sustainability as the population of older adults increases.
3) Keeping pace with the baby boomer generation, increase opportunities for older adults to stay healthy and remain active within their communities.
4) To enhance IT capacity to improve efficiency and provide our staff with the tools which will allow them to spend the maximum amount of time providing services
5) To extend and strengthen our partnerships with other community organizations serving older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers.
In 2014, the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut celebrated its 40th anniversary. We view our legacy as a long and rewarding voyage. Although the voyage at times felt like a precarious drive up Mount Washington with jagged rocks and steep drops on either side, it has been a meaningful journey – a journey that has strengthened our ability to be the best advocates for our clients so that they may stay independent and achieve their personal goals
AASCC has always looked for new avenues to explore. In 1982, we embraced the opportunity to begin sponsoring volunteer opportunities for older adults. Twenty nine years ago, we held our first Centenarian Celebration recognizing that there would be a steep rise in the number of the oldest old. In 1992 we began an information resource center, and saw this grow and transform into the Aging and Disability Resource Center in 2008. We began providing older adults with employment counseling in 2001 through a federally funded program. Finding that there were individuals that did not qualify for this program, in 2014 we launched a new employment program through a public/private partnership. AASCC launched its first health and wellness program in 2010 and held its first art exhibition in 2013. This is just a sampling of our initiatives. We are constantly looking for opportunities to better serve the individuals who come to us for assistance.
We are looking forward to having many more miles to drive. We value those in our community whom we work alongside of and our partners that keep our organization sustainable. Together we will continue to provide programs that are timely, relevant and allow us to continue to be an Advocate for Independence for many.
During my working career of over 40 years in the area of social services, I have had the privilege of serving on many boards and advisory councils throughout the state and the greater Naugatuck Valley/New Haven area; so when I retired I had many opportunities to decide where I was going to spend my volunteer hours. I choose to devote my energies to the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut because their commitment to serving the elder population in our community in providing vital services to improving their quality of life, enhancing the experience of growing older, and advancing the mission of helping people age in a healthy, safe, and productive manner in the community. Having been involved with the AASCC on the levels of grant recipient, volunteer Choices counselor, Advisory Council member, and Board member, I have experienced nearly all aspects of the Agency. I hope that these various involvements with the Agency as well as my professional experience will enable me to provide leadership to the Board and appropriate counsel to the staff as we move toward achieving our stated mission as an Agency.
The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut works on a daily basis to provide for the needs of the older Americans in our community as outlined in our area plan for the period October 2013 through September 2017 including transportation services, health (medical, dental, mental health), outreach, information and assistance, care management, in home services, respite, legal assistance, nutrition services, and adult day care. As federal and state funding for these vital programs have been reduced or eliminated, the staff and our partners have endeavored to continue to provide high quality services to this most vulnerable population under very stressful conditions. The Board, Advisory Council, volunteers, and staff are constantly looking for program efficiencies, new funding opportunities, and efforts to capitalize on our existing resources to insure that as many citizens as possible are served during these very tight budgetary constraints.
AASCC has a highly trained staff that oversees and implements our many programs; such as the Connecticut Home Care Program, which assists 3,000 clients; Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services Program, which serves veterans of any age; the MFP program which helps individuals return to the community from long-term care facilities; Respite Programs supporting caregivers; and community partners who receive grants under the Older Americans Act Title III funding.
As budgets are tightened on the State and Federal level and as eligibility requirements for participation in needed programs are redrawn, many of the people whom we have served in the past are seeing their services eliminated or reduced. While the AASCC is committed to providing high quality services for those in the community in need, without sufficient resources many of these needs will go unmet.
The agency serves the twenty towns of Greater New Haven. Additionally, the agency also administers the Connecticut Homecare Program in Centerbrook, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Higganum, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Moodus, Northford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Rockfall, Westbrook
The Care Management Department administers the Connecticut Home
Care Program for Elders and Persons with Disabilities, the Money Follows the
Person Program, and the Veteran’s Home and Community Based Services
program. These programs empower older
adults and persons with disabilities to remain in the community or return to
the community and live as independently as possible with the highest personal
quality of life. The Department provides comprehensive assessments,
advocacy, information, and care management services addressing both short
and long term needs. The Money Follows the Person Program assists
individuals as they move from long-term care facilities back to the community. The
Veteran’s Program assists veterans of all ages
in hiring their own caregivers to assist with daily living activities.
To support client's preference to live in their own homes and maintain their independence to the greatest extent possible, by providing a wide range of services, thus supporting individualized plans of service and allowing client choice and self-direction to the greatest extent possible.
To support frail elders and
individuals with disabilities to remain in the community as functionally
independent as possible with the highest personal quality of life.
Aging and Disability Resource Center is a hub of information for older adults,
individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, caregivers, and professionals
in the aging network. The information topics include benefits,
caregiving, community resources, fraud prevention, housing, Medicaid, Medicare,
Long-Term Care health insurance and a wide variety of topics related to
aging and independent living.
Additionally the department screens for benefits eligibility, assists with the completion of benefits applications and counsels individuals and their families on options for long-term care.
The ADRC also houses the Social Security Disability Assistance Program. This service provides counseling and representation for those who are no longer able to work due to significant illness or impairment. Our goal is to provide the knowledge and dedicated assistance necessary to succeed after denial of a claim for disability benefits.
want to live at home for as long as possible. The ADRC supports individuals and
their families in acquiring the information and assistance needed to make this
dream a reality.
From October 2013-September 2014
Older adults want to be involved in their communities. Volunteering can help individuals meet new people, share their knowledge and skills, make a difference in peoples’ lives and even improve their health and outlook on life. AASCC places volunteers at a diverse range of non-profit agencies, organizations and programs. Individuals can volunteer with a community organization, serve as a companion to a frail older adult, mentor preschoolers or serve in a local public school tutoring or working to improve educational opportunities. Some positions receive stipends.
AASCC educates consumers with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or heart disease about living with their illnesses. People who participate report feeling better and are better able to manage their diseases.
Did you know that one in three adults over 65 fall and that falls are the leading cause of injury death for this population? AASCC provides fall risk assessments, education and exercise programs in the community to help older adults maintain strength and agility as they age.
Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Despite the accessibility of adult protective services and mandatory reporting laws, an overwhelming number of cases go undetected and untreated each year. AASCC is committed to educating older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and community organizations.
want to live at home for as long as possible. Through
Healthy Aging programs, older adults will live healthy, safe lives in their own
Quarterly client satisfaction surveys
From October 2013-October 2014
AASCC collaborates with a large number and type of agencies:
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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