Agency on Aging

Annual Report 2017

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Just One Story of Many

When his wife died unexpectedly Gordon, who was 66 at the time, not only dealt with grief but with the fear he would end up in a nursing home.  After a stroke, Gordon had become dependent on his wife’s help for everyday tasks and Gordon did not know how he would manage on his own. Then he began receiving services through the Connecticut Home Care Program. He now has assistance with shopping, cleaning and laundry, receives home-delivered meals, and a nurse checks in once a month.  Gordon admits to being unsteady on his feet, but with an emergency response system he knows he can get help if he does fall and the lift chair provided through the program really helps.  Gordon is thrilled with the services he is receiving.  He is now thriving on his own and is confident that he can continue living in the community.

A few highlights from 2017

  • Around 4,000 individuals were assisted in remaining in their own home through care management and self-directed services
  • 7,320 callers received information and assistance regarding Medicare and community resources
  • 2,049 family caregivers were provided with information, respite care and training
  • Volunteers provided over 200,000 hours of services to older adults and children

Annual Meeting 2017


Michael Rambarose, President & CEO of Whitney Center, shared his story and why he is committed to the field of aging. He lives out the belief that we can choose our perspective of today's challenges and achieve a reimagined tomorrow.


Outgoing Board of Directors Chair Edward Konowitz with Advisory Council Chair Kathy Pontin.
2017 Outstanding Partner Award Recipients shown here with President & CEO Ted Surh
Community: Lewis Bower, Jr.; Municipal: Town of East Haven, represented by Elaine Forti, Acting Superintendent of Schools; Volunteer: Mildred Setzer; Stop Ageism Now Campaign: Donna Fedus; CHOICES Counselor: Eileen Flynn; Service: Kathy Pontin

From our President & CEO

This has been a year in which we have faced many challenges and opportunities, as we continue to see changes in federal and state funding conditions.  It is thanks to you, our community partners, staff, volunteers and dedicated Board and Advisory Council members, that we are able to continue to adjust and grow to meet the needs of those we serve.