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The Age Well Community Council of Danbury and the Connecticut State Department of Social Services held a community-wide Summit with leaders from the Danbury area including businesses, libraries, faith groups, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician groups, community groups and senior centers to connect statewide efforts with local initiatives that provide resources and information that promote healthy aging, thereby creating a path forward for people in Danbury and throughout Western Connecticut to “Age Well”. Those attending evaluated the Summit as overwhelmingly valuable to improving community-wide connectivity leading to improved access to services.

Keynote speakers included Dawn Lambert, Co-leader, Community Options Unit, Division of Health Services, Connecticut Department of Social Services and Robert J. Carr, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Transformation, Western Connecticut Health Network. Summit findings will inform local, city and state planning efforts to build a long-term “Age Well” platform.

The Council is a collaboration of representatives from government, business, philanthropy, nonprofit and community organizations dedicated to a community where people can age—and care for others who are aging—in relevant and meaningful ways. A lead initiative of the council is the information resource website, Age Well CT which offers residents a one stop experience to find resources and events that promote healthy aging and strong connections to communities.

Summit sponsors included The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Savings Bank of Danbury, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Foundation. Connecticut Community Care serves as the backbone organization, responsible for strategic and administrative support.

Pictured above are (left to right): Sherry Ostrout, Connecticut Community Care, Paul Trudel, Elmwood Senior Center Member and Volunteer, BethAnn Fetzer, Savings Bank of Danbury and The Honorable Dianne E. Yamin, Judge of Probate, Danbury District and Co-Chair, Age Well Community Council.

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