Projecting the Budget through a Crystal Ball (April 2017).
Marie L. Allen, Executive Director, Southwestern CT Agency on Aging & Independent Living, SWCAA, article regarding the proposed State and Federal Budget. Please share any issues of importance to you with your State and Federal legislators.
Cap on the CT Home Care Program.
The Governor’s Proposed Budget Places a Cap on Elders Receiving Home Care Services as an Alternative to Nursing Home Placement.
We Need Your Advocacy!
TWO SIMPLE AND POWERFUL WAYS TO STAND UP FOR MEALS ON WHEELS TODAY.
Over the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of support for Meals on Wheels America and seniors across the nation. People are speaking out on social media. We’ve seen an increase in donations. And new volunteers are signing up at unprecedented rates. For being a part of all of this and more, thank you. Your generosity and passion for Meals on Wheels are the silver lining during these uncertain times.
But we know that the work isn’t over, as federal funding is absolutely necessary to keep Meals on Wheels programs operating across the country. Here are two quick things you can do NOW:
Sign and share our petition urging the President and Congress to protect federal funding for Meals on Wheels.
With your help, local Meals on Wheels programs across the country can provide nutritious meals, critical safety checks and friendly visits to our nation’s homebound seniors. Thank you for standing with us to protect the health and dignity of your senior neighbors!
P.S. Check out a recent op-ed by our President and CEO in the Huffington Post to learn more about the President’s proposed budget cuts and how they relate to Meals on Wheels.
Collaborating with Community Partners to Prevent Suicide Amongst Veterans 50 Years and Older.
SWCAA’s Program Department is privileged to have been asked to collaborate with the Veterans Healthcare Center on a new endeavor, “Collaborating with Community Partners to Prevent Suicide Amongst Veterans 50 Years and Older”. The Veterans that we provide Information and Assistance to, may also be interested in receiving information pertinent to Veterans benefits which may include suicide prevention. On Tuesday, February 14th from 9:30 – 11:00 Christina Allen LCSW, will provide non-clinical training to all interested counselors. The training will include; warning signs, risk factors and access to services.
Understanding the Veterans Home and Community Based Services.
Understanding the Veterans Home and Community Based Services Webinar was presented May 18, 2016 by The Agency on Aging and Independent Living. For a copy of the slides select the following link.
CHOICES New Counselor Training
Statewide training will be held starting April for any interested social service professionals and volunteers who wish to become CHOICES counselors. CHOICES is CT’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program which provides free, unbiased information and assistance to individuals to help them understand their healthcare insurance options through the Medicare program.
Want to shop at Farmers’ Markets or Farm Stands?
Many Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands throughout Connecticut now can accept EBT/SNAP (Formerly known as Food Stamps). This means you will once again be able to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables that arrive more quickly and fresher than those transported long distances from other states and countries. Simply bring your EBT card to the table with the sign that says “SNAP/EBT accepted here” at participating Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands. The Market Master will swipe your card for the amount that you want and give you Market Tokens that can be used at all the stands at that market.
We learn so much from our history. In 1974, the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) was incorporated as a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. Its mission was simple, to promote independence and dignity for older adults. Forty years later, SWCAA continues to support older adults by helping to shape public policy, adding capacity to the regional network of aging providers and by providing direct services designed to give older adults an alternative to nursing facility care.