This is a complete list of where to find Connecticut senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
Connecticut is one of the slowest growing states in the nation, according to its State Plan on Aging. In 2017, they had a population of just under 3.6 million and that stayed the same through 2019. The state’s median age is 41.1, older than the United States median age of 38.1 – and older than the state’s median age from less than a decade ago. In 2014, Connecticut’s median age was 40. This trend of an aging Connecticut is expected to continue through the 21st Century – from 2010 to 2040, the senior citizen population of Connecticut is projected to grow by 57%.
17.7% of Connecticut’s population is over the age of 65 now, with nearly 50% of that population reporting that they are in excellent or very good health. 13.5% of seniors in Connecticut report being in frequent physical distress. Connecticut has 49.9 geriatric providers per 100,000 senior citizens and 191 home healthcare workers for every 1000 disabled residents, but 4.3% of those over age 65 avoided seeking healthcare because of concerns about its cost.
The state spends $30 on community support expenditures for every Connecticut citizen over the age of 60. Connecticut also has five Area Agencies on Aging and has a State Unit on Aging as part of its Department of Aging and Disability Services.
Connecticut does have many resources available both for senior citizens and caregivers, you just need to know where to look! Below, we have listed links to Connecticut’s Area Agencies on Aging, state government aging programs and other organizations and resources that offer services for senior citizens.
Area Agencies on Aging
- Eastern – serving the towns of Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Lyme, Eastford, Essex, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Haddam, Hampton, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Mansfield, Middlefield, Middletown, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Pomfret, Portland, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Westbrook, Willington, Windham and Woodstock
- North Central – serving the towns of Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Glastonbury, Farmington, Enfield, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Plymouth, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks
- South Central – serving the towns of Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge
- South Western – serving the towns of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton
- Western – serving the towns of Barkhamstead, Beacon Falls, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Canaan, Cheshire, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugutck, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, Newton, Norfolk, North Canaan, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Sherman, Southbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Waterbury, Watertown, Winchester, Wolcott and Woodbury
- State Department on Aging
- Attorney General’s Office
- State Department on Aging
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
State Associations and Non-Profits:
- AARP of Connecticut
- Alzheimer’s Association – Connecticut Chapter
- Center on Aging – University of Connecticut
- Center for Healthy Aging
- CT Elder Law – free legal help for people with very low income