The Connecticut Coalition on Aging (CCOA) has, for more than 4 decades, served as a statewide, non-profit, non partisan, volunteer, advocacy organization dedicated to representing the interests of Connecticut’s aging adults. Its goal is to improve quality of life for all older adults, especially those most frail and vulnerable. The Coalition achieves its goal by studying current issues, educating and collecting feedback from professionals, program clients, older adult residents through networking, surveys and local community meetings, then advocating to State representatives in the Connecticut General Assembly. CCOA, in partnership with other grassroot groups, sets priorities and works to influence legislative decisions that assure aging adults dignity and respect for choices and rights.
Membership is open to individuals, organizations and groups that are willing to stand up and be a voice for programs, policies, and laws that are consistent with non-ageist, non biased, “socially just” community living values and practices.
COALITION ACTIVITIES HAVE INCLUDED:
- Conducting an annual statewide survey to identify major concerns of older citizens
- Establishing advocacy priorities for the annual Connecticut Legislative Session based on the survey results
- Promoting legislation benefiting Connecticut’s elders; taking positions on bills, testifying at hearings, reporting to members on the status of legislation and the need for action (SEE Capitol Corps page for how you can help)
- Educating members about significant issues, the legislative process, and how and when to contact their Legislators
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The Coalition has taken an active part in promoting and preserving home-care and respite programs, senior transportation, health care access and other older adult benefits. In past years, CCOA has been instrumental in the establishment of ConnPACE, Living Will and property tax relief legislation. In 2017 CCOA is supporting Paid Family Leave, zero reduction of Medicaid and respite funding, and more affordable older housing that includes the choice of generation specific.