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.
Voted “Best Senior Services” by New Haven Living & recognized by NCOA as a Best Practice Model for SNAP benefit outreach and enrollment activities.
Provided training in the area of elder abuse to over 300 professionals at annual conference. This was the largest attendance to date & featured a local media-award winner.
As part of the Stop Ageism Now campaign to promote the positive perception of aging, President & CEO’s op-eds were published in local newspapers, bringing focus to how ageism creates barriers in the community and in the workplace.
Over 3,000 individuals were provided care management support, helping them remain safely at home and 267 individuals were assessed to determine if returning home from a long-term care facility was possible and assisted in transition home if eligible.
Highlight of Goals for 2017
Expand opportunities for today’s older adults to stay active and involved in their communities.
Continue to strengthen and expand our capacity to meet the need for services of the growing number of older adults in our community through participation in gov’t programs & through private grants; including grant to enroll 500 older adults in SNAP.
Recognizing that our new programs are filling a gap in the needs of our consumers, continue to expand these services: Care Network Link, connecting individuals with carefully vetted in-home providers and Social Security Disability Assistance for individuals who are not able to secure other legal representation.
To influence public policy through the Stop Ageism Now campaign. Ageism remains an often overlooked barrier that puts unfair limitations on older adults’ abilities to live to their fullest potential and devalues them as individuals.
To complete a four-year plan outlining how we will advocate for independence through our Older Americans Act activities in the next four years. The federal OAA provides for the organization & delivery of home & community based services.
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. For 2016 the financial gap between government
funding and the cost for providing services for these program is expected to be
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
4) To challenge the ageism stereotype, ultimately changing people’s perception of older adults.
5) To extend and strengthen our partnerships with other community organizations serving older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers.
AOASCC’s reach extends to thousands of older adults,
individuals with disabilities and caregivers in the greater New Haven and lower
valley areas of Connecticut each year. The
number of programs and the different groups reached through our services are
more than can fit in a paragraph. We are constantly looking for opportunities to better serve
the individuals who come to us for assistance.
As advocates for independence, our staff are dedicated to helping
individuals remain safely at home and to stay active and engaged in their
AOASCC is also committed to seeing the society’s conception of older adults to evolve to encompass the full range represented by those populations. To this end, AOASCC offers opportunities to volunteer, an annual celebration for centenarians and an annual art show. Now these efforts are being focused as a way to impact our advocacy through fighting ageism and its negative impact on society, individual health and welfare.
I have been a volunteer for AASCC for the past fifteen years. During this time I have seen tremendous growth in the agency. We are caring for a greater number of older adults and have expanded the scope of our services significantly. This has been a rewarding and trying period; the need for our services are greater than ever, while available funding has decreased. We are also challenged with unfunded mandates and process changes, requiring significant outlay of cost and staff time.
Through all of this we stand ready to help the community with your support: through your monetary gifts and your gift of time as a volunteer through our programs or as a Board member. This has personally been a rewarding experience for me seeing all the people we have helped and I feel that you would find it rewarding as well!
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, the Community First
Choice program, the PCA Waiver 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
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.
approximately 4,500 older adults and persons with disabilities to remain at
home by providing care management and community based services as an
alternative to nursing home care.
A hub of information & services for older adults, individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, caregivers, and professionals in the aging network. The information topics include benefits such as SNAP, Medicare Savings Program, rent rebate, energy assistance, caregiving, dementia resources, and other community resources, fraud prevention, housing, Medicaid, Medicare, Long-Term Care health insurance and a wide variety of topics related to aging and independent living. Services include assistance in applying and tracking benefit applications; Long Term Care Support and Services planning; mental health counseling, disease prevention and health promotion.
The ADRC also houses the Social Security Disability Assistance Program, which 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 2015-September 2016
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.
Through programs supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, individuals can volunteer with a community organization, be a companion to a frail older adult, mentor preschoolers or tutor in a local public school.
PAVE (AmeriCorps Vista) members serve at local schools & non-profits to help close the achievement gap by increasing children’s literacy, promoting college readiness, and providing greater wrap-around services. AARP Experience Corps, also an AmeriCorps Program, is an award-winning literacy program placing trained older adult volunteers in local elementary schools and an after-school site to tutor children who are struggling to learn to read and write. Beyond the classroom, these volunteers also promote reading at local events.
From October 2015-2016
· Annual onsite program visit from Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) staff and annual program progress reports.
· Annual Experience Corps tutoring effectiveness evaluation.
· Annual RSVP volunteer surveys and site visits.
Examples of Program Success
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 2015-October 2016
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.
The projected operating loss is due to the Agency’s continued effort to build a more efficient infrastructure while continuing to meet both federal and state contractual obligations. Efficiencies put in place during the past year has resulted in a steady reduction in the operating costs. As the Agency continues to focus on continued modernization of its information technology and improving workflows, we expect this trend to continue.
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