Please enjoy the assortment of pictures below taken of events related to or sponsored by the State Unit on Aging.
Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut's Annual Centenarian Luncheon - May
On May 1st Centenarians were honored by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. Pictured Left to Right: Cindy Grant - State Dept. on Aging, Commissioner Edith Prague - State Dept. on Aging, and Executive Director Ted Surh - Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
State Dept. on Aging - Commissioner Edith Prague
Aging in the LGBT Community and HIV/AIDS Awareness Conference- April
On April 25th, ACT and the State Dept. on Aging partnered to present a Conference titled "Aging in the LGBT Community and HIV/AIDS Awareness." Pictured Left to Right: Jennifer Throwe - State Dept. on Aging; Larry Gile - SAGE; Paul Botticello Jr. - ACT; Cindy Grant - State Dept. on Aging; Shawn Lang - ACT; Steve Karpiak - ACRIA.
Steve Karpiak presenting.
Elder Nutrition Program "40th Birthday Party" - June
On Thursday June 28, Community Renewal Team and the Parkville Senior Center hosted a 40th ‘Birthday Party’ for the Elderly Nutrition Program. The program funds Meals on Wheels and Senior Cafés. Martina Soria, left, and Evelyn Donnaruma, arrive at the Parkville Community Center.
Stefanie Belding, Assistant Vice President, Nutrition Services, CRT, lends a hand as DeLorise Meeker cuts the celebration cake.
Pictured left to right: Gus Keach-Longo, Director of Senior Services, Community Renewal Team; David Yonan, Director, Parkville Senior Center; Margaret Merryman, retired after 39 years as Director at Parkville Senior Center; Stephanie Marino, Program Manager, State Unit on Aging; Margaret Gerundo-Murkette, Acting Director, State Unit on Aging; Jannett Haughton, Nutritionist, State Unit on Aging; Lena Rodriguez, President/CEO Community Renewal Team; Stefanie Belding, Assistant Vice President, Nutrition Services, CRT; Robyn Harper-Gulley, Grants Manager, North Central Area Agency on Aging; Julie Evans Starr, Executive Director, CT Commission on Aging.
Older American's Month Essay Contest Grand Champion - June
Leslie Meyers from Stamford was the Older Americans Month Essay Contest Grand Champion with his essay entitled, “Never too Late to Play”.
Pictured left to right: Amy Hollander - Director Senior Adult Programs, Gretchen James -Project Manager, SWCAA, Jewish Community Center, Leslie Meyers, Essay Contest Grand Champion, Margaret Gerundo-Murkette - Acting Director, State Unit on Aging, Eric Koehler - CEO, Jewish Community Center
Senior Resources New Office/Partner Co-location Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony - March 23rd
Senior Resources, Disabilities Network of Eastern CT, Alzheimer's Assocition, and CRIS Radio have co-located at 19 Ohio Ave. in Norwich.
AASCC 2011 Centenarian Luncheon - May 4th, 2011
Recognizing over 20 Centenarians: Aging Services Division Director - Pam Giannini & Rob Norton - CT Commission on Aging
Flora Phifer - 105 years young
Samuel Bria - 103 years young
Ms. Phifer & Nesya Guerino - AASCC Executive Director, cutting the cake.
National Senior Center Month - September
Pam Giannini, Aging Services Director, reading Governor Rell's proclamation for National Senior Center Month at the Canton Senior Center on September 3rd.
Canton Senior Center Director - Claire Cotes
Friends - Gertrude Gosselin & Dan Kleckowski
Festivities at the Canton Senior Center
The Birthday Girl, Naomi Lynch (103) & Aging Services Director - Pam Giannini
CHOICES Statewide All Staff Meeting - June
Hard at work keeping up to date with changes to the Medicare Program.
Presenter: Danny Albert, CT Dept. of Insurance
CHOICES Program Staff
TRIAD Annual Conference - September 17th 2010
Partners of the 2010 TRIAD Conference held at Fairfield University
Candle Lighting Ceremony - Pam Giannini, Aging Services Director
Conference Focus: "Responding to Elder Abuse: Preventing Victims from Falling Through the Cracks" - Pam Giannini
Attorney General's Office - Chief Investigator Steve Hennessey, TRIAD Conference Presenter - Connecticut Attorney General - Richard Blumenthal, and Assistant Attorney General & CT TRIAD Advisory Board Member Zenobia Graham-Days.
Grand Opening Celebration of CT's 3rd Aging & Disability Resource Center - May
North Central Community Choices (ADRC) Grand Opening Ceremony (from left to right) Pam Giannini - DSS Aging Services Director, Molly Rees Gavin - Executive Director - Connecticut Community Care, Incorporated, Candace Low - Executive Director - Independence Unlimited, Carmen Reyes - Executive Director - North Central Area Agency on Aging.
"On the Road Listening Sessions" - April
CT Aging Services Division seeking input for developing the new State Plan at the Barkhamsted Senior Center with Pam Giannini, Aging Services Director
Aging Services Staff - Jennifer Gorman explaining the process.
WTIC Radio Show "Living Well Connecticut" - July
Aging Services Director - Pam Giannini, MSW with Commission on Aging Executive Director - Julia Evans-Starr
CT's 2nd ADRC - "Community Choices" Grand Opening Ceremony - May
Ribbon cutting ceremony: (from left to right) George Delgado (Independence Northwest Board Secretary), Bermer Riddenhour (Western CT Area Agency on Aging Board President), Pam Giannini (DSS Aging Services Director), Eileen Healy (Independence Northwest), State Rep. Selim Noujaim, Jeff Laliberte (Independence Northwest Board Vice Chair), Waterbury Mayor Micheal Jarjura.
Western CT Community Choices Members: Scott Robbins (Independence Northwest), Eileen Healy (Independence Northwest), Dawn Macary (Western CT Area Agency on Aging) & Bob Gorman (Independence Northwest).
Live Broadcast of WATR radio at the Grand Opening. Pictured: Eileen Healy (Independence Northwest), Melissa Morton (DSS-Aging Services), and Ed Flynn (WATR Talk of the Town Host).
Even the Water promoting the Community Choices.
The Premier showing of the "Choices At Home" Video (a video on self-directed care created by DSS) took place at the Agency on Aging of South Central CT - January
Betsy Weiland & Lawrence Barrett (Caregiver / Program Participant)
Shaynise Rose AASCC Care Manager Assistant, Julia Slosar (Caregiver), Carol Farrell
Cynthia Grant DSS CSRCP, Julie Gelgauda AASCC, Roberta Gould DSS NFCSP, and Betsy Weiland AASCC Respite Supervisor
Joan Smith (Caregiver) & Tatiana Dukes AASCC Care Manager
A full house watching the Choices at Home video premiere.
CMS Medicare Part D Outreach Event at the UConn School of Social Work, West Hartford - November
Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary - Dr. Tevi Troy
DSS Commissioner - Mike Starkowski
West Hartford Mayor - Scott Slifka
South Central CT Community Choices Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - October
DSS Aging Services - Pam Giannini, Center for Disability Rights - Marc Gallucci, & Agency on Aging of South Central CT - Neysa Stallman-Guerino
Members of the Aging Services Division were represented at the Hartford Heartwalk - September
"Team Aging Services" raised $750 for the cause.
Grandparents As Parents Support - September
Grandparents' Family Fun Day at the Elmwood Community Center
- a GAPS Network Event. Sponsored by DSS Aging Services Division and the Elmwood Senior Center
DSS Outreach Event with CHOICES, VNA Community Healthcare, the Social Security Administration, AASCC, and DSS Eligibility Services - September
Pictured Left to Right: Fred Diggs - DSS, Jan Lougal - Director East Haven Sr. Center, April Capone Almon - East Haven Mayor, and Jane Olson - VNA Community Healthcare Community Outreach
CT Statewide Respite Care Program - July
Governor M.Jodi Rell signs into law a bill expanding the Connecticut Statewide Respite Program's eligibility parameters to include individuals under 65 on the Medicaid program.
Grandparents As Parents Support - July
"No Child Left Inside" Initiative - a partnership with the CT Dept. of Environmental Protection & DSS Aging Services GAPS Network - "Grandparents Family Fun Day" at the Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield.
AASCC's 22nd Annual Centenarian Luncheon - May
Flo Diehl, 104 and her Daughter
Flo Diehl - 104 & Carmella Pietranglo - 100, and their
guests enjoying the celebration.
CHOICES / NAMI-CT Statewide Mental Health Conference - May
Keynote Speaker - Bill Lichtenstein, NAMI-CT Executive
Director - Kate Mattias, DSS Deputy Commissioner -
"Medicare Advocacy" presenter - Jocelyne Watrous,
Center for Medicare Advocacy
"Co-Occurring Disorders" presenter - Laurel Reagan,
CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services
"Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities" presenter
Siobhan Morgan - CT Dept. of Developmental Disabilities
NCAAA CHOICES Volunteer Recognition Dinner - April
NCAAA Staff, their family member, and South Windsor
Community Center Volunteers.
An event complete with live music and dancing!
CHOICES Staff Representing Statewide Program - April
Pictured Left to Right: Gail Diaz - SWCAA CHOICES Regional Coordinator, Leslie Pruitt - AASCC CHOICES Regional Coordinator, Lindsay Quillen - NCAAA CHOICES Regional Coordinator, Eric Freedman - WCAAA CHOICES Program, Chris Crain - SWCAA CHOICES Program, Jennifer Throwe - Statewide CHOICES Coordinator, Betty Koski - Senior Resources Regional CHOICES Coordinator.
State Senator Mary Ann Handley Senior Fair with CMS Medicare Bus Tour - Manchester, CT - November
Pictured left to right: Senator Mary Ann Handley, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Region 1 Administrator - Renard Murray, D.M., Senior Medicare Patrol Statewide Coordinator - Mimi Peck-Llewellyn, JD, LLM.
CMS Medicare Bus Tour with the CHOICES Senior Medicare Patrol - speaking on Medicare Fraud, Waste & Abuse - October
CT Attorney General - Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Director - Brian Golden, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Region 1 Administrator - Renard Murray, D.M.
The CMS Medicare Bus on tour in CT.
Gail Diaz, SWCAA CHOICES Regional Coordinator, at the Stamford Senior Fair in the Stamford Jewish Community Center.
Five New Haven area Senior Centers were honored at an afternoon Tea held at the Area Agency on Aging of South Central CT in appreciation for their partnership with the CHOICES program and support of the Medicare Rx program - September
Pictured left to right: Judy Rolnick - Goodwin-Levine Adult Day Care Center, Filomena Fiondella - Atwater Senior Center accepting on behalf of Darcy Lynn Cobbs of New New Haven Elderly Services Department, Julianne Johnson and Rita Kowalcik - Meriden Senior Center, William Viola and Maric Cunha - Wallingford Senior Center, and Ellen Shaw - Shelton Senior Center
New CHOICES Counseling Site at the Hospital of Central Connecticut - New Britain - June
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with NCAAA and the Center for Healthy Aging
Title V Employer Recognition Breakfast - Fall