Agency on Aging

Interagency Council on Aging of South Central Connecticut


Annual Meeting


The Cycle of Positivity in Careagiving
Mary Underwood, Senior Vice-President of Memory Care, ARTIS Senior Living

Mary Underwood is a leading educator on dementia, her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, and first hand caregiving interactions. Working in Memory Care for over 25 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop a Care Philosophy which includes techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the United States.

Mary has served in a wide variety of leadership and advisory positions in professional organizations at both state and national levels, including the Alzheimer's Association. Mary is a board member of CALA and is currently the Senior VP of Memory Care at ARTIS Senior Living.


About the Council

The Interagency Council on Aging of South Central Connecticut, convened by AoASCC, is a consortium of representatives from non-profit, for-profit and government agencies in the south central region that serve older adults and caregivers.  The mission of the Council is to bring together these providers for educational and networking opportunities. Each month the Council hears from a speaker on a current topic, followed by a time of sharing ideas across agencies. 

This year's topics
  • Community Resources
  • Elder Bullying
  • Intergenerational Education in Aging


A subgroup of the council, the Multi-Disciplinary Team (M-Team), meets to assist and educate care managers and service providers in addressing elder abuse, neglect or exploitation.

The M-Team is an opportunity for frontline staff to participate in case presentations about challenging cases, particularly cases with issues of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, hoarding, abandonment….all the difficult cases with few options.  M-Teams utilize case presentation, best practice, and brainstorming in a non-judgmental environment to support one another and occasionally identify an option that hasn’t already been explored.

Mark Your Calendar

October 18 - M-Team
Nov 15 - Interagency Council
December 20 - M-Team
January 17 - Interagency Council 
February 21 - M-team
April 25 - Interagency Council
May 16- M-Team
June 20 - Annual Meeting

*M-Team is held from 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Interagency meets at 12 noon and includes lunch.  All meetings except for the Annual Meeting are held at AOASCC, 117 Washington Ave in North Haven.



Chair: Janet Day, Caregiver Homes
Vice-Chair:  Dawnmarie Hunter, VNA South Central
Secretary:  Sharelle Thornton, Artis Senior Living
Treasurer: Beverly Kidder, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut

Members 2017-2018


Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
ARTIS Senior Living
Caregiver Homes
City of Meriden
Clelian Center
Elder Pathways
Family Care Visiting Nurse
Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers
Internal Medicine of Milford
LifeBridge Community Services
Maplewood at Orange

Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center
TEAM, Inc.
The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services
Tower One/Tower East
Town of Branford - Canoe Brook Center
Town of Hamden
2 Sisters Inc. DBA Global Care
VNA Community Health Care and Hospice
VNA of South Central CT

Council Information