Author: Lara Stauning

CT Walk for WEAAD Team Hike 6/9/22, 5:30 PM Day Pond State Park – Salmon River Loop, everyone is Welcome!

Thursday, June 9th- 5:30 PM, Day Pond State Park, Colchester

Help us raise awareness about Elder Abuse! Explore this 3.2-mile loop trail near Colchester, Connecticut. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 23 min to complete. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. We will meet at the Salmon River Loop trailhead.

Click HERE for Trail information and directions. Hope to see you there!

CT Walk for WEAAD Team Hike 5/31/22, 5:30 PM Putnam River Walk, everyone Welcome!

Tuesday, May 31st- 5:30 PM, Putnam River Trail, Putnam

Head out on this 3.0-mile out-and-back trail near Putnam, Connecticut. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 4 min to complete. This is a popular trail for trail running and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. We will meet at Farmer’s Market Pavilion.

Click HERE for Trail information and directions. Hope to see you there!

Join CT Walks for WEAAD Group Hike 5/9, 5:30 PM, West Hartford Reservoir

Monday, May 9th, 5:30 PM- West Hartford Reservoir #6 Trail, West Hartford

Rack up some serious steps and join us for this 3.8-mile loop trail in West Hartford. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 22 min to complete. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Meet in the parking lot for Trail #6. Looking forward to seeing the CT WEAAD team for some time outdoors!

For trail information and directions click HERE

Governor Lamont Announces New Online Application Available for Heating and Water Assistance, Deadline Extended for 2021-2022 Season

Posted on April 29, 2022

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of a new online application for heating and water assistance programs that help income-eligible families from Connecticut pay their utility bills. Eligible residents can now apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) through a joint online application that is available at

The online application is part of the Lamont administration’s ongoing efforts to make more state government services available to be conducted over the internet to ensure that outdated bureaucratic processes are not a hindrance to accessing critical goods and services in times of need.

Governor Lamont also announced that the state has extended by one month the deadline by which households can apply for benefits for the 2021-2022 season from the original deadline of May 31, 2022, to the new deadline of June 30, 2022. Additionally, for qualifying households that use oil or propane, the state will pay for fuel deliveries through May 31, 2022.

“For years, we have offered assistance for these programs through only paper-based and in-person applications. Today marks a major step towards making it simpler and easier for residents to apply for heating and water assistance,” Governor Lamont said. “I know that rising energy prices are hitting low-income families especially hard. This program is designed to provide relief.”

“At the Connecticut Department of Social Services, we are on a journey to make it as simple and easy as possible for residents to apply for and renew their benefits,” Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford said. “We are proud to launch this online application. I want to thank our teams within the Department of Social Services, the Department of Administrative Services, and our partners, the Community Action Agencies, for all their work in launching this online application.”

“For almost 60 years, Community Action Agencies have been on the forefront of ensuring that Connecticut’s residents can access the programs they need to improve their lives, like childcare, home heating help, and job training,” Deb Polun, executive director of the Connecticut Association for Community Action, said. “We are excited that this online application will provide yet another way for residents across Connecticut to receive assistance with paying their bills.”

CEAP is a federally funded program that provides winter heating assistance to more than 75,000 income-eligible households every year. Eligible families can receive between $410 to $1,015 in basic benefits alone. Families may also be eligible for matching payment plans, protection from shutoffs, and replacement or repairs for heating equipment and water heaters. Both homeowners and renters are eligible, and assistance is available for natural gas and electric heat, as well as deliverable fuels like oil and propane.

LIHWAP provides water assistance to the same families who are eligible for CEAP, and eligible families can receive up to $1,000 in household water and wastewater benefits.

The programs are administered through local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the state. In addition to applying online at, residents can also contact their local CAA with additional questions or to apply for assistance in-person or over the phone. (Click here to find CAA contact information.)

To apply online for CEAP or LIHWAP, visit  
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Are You Registered for the Walk for WEAAD? CEJC Hosts Weekly Group Walks/Hikes

 Let’s build a National Elder Justice Movement, Through Movement!

Walk for WEAAD campaign begins May 1st, on the first day of Older Americans Month, and runs through June 15th.

Sign up now online or through the Walker Tracker app, so you’re ready to walk, run, or do any other activity to show your support for WEAAD. And we do mean any other activity — Walker Tracker converts Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recommended activities into steps, so we can count every step we are collectively taking to advance elder justice.

How to get ready for Walk for WEAAD (May 1 – June 15):

  • Register and create your profile on by April 30, 2022.
  • Join the “CONNECTICUT” Team with colleagues, friends, and family, or members of your community.
  • Find a purple shirt, ribbon, or face mask to wear or create signs to raise awareness of WEAAD.
  • Encourage your colleagues, friends, and community to join at

For questions about the campaign, contact the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at [email protected]. For technical questions about the platform, contact the Walker Tracker support team or click the “Contact Support” button in the lower right-hand corner of your program dashboard on the desktop site or mobile app.

CEJC Group Walks/Hikes for WEAAD ~ Everyone is Welcome!

Click on the hike name below for information about hikes on AllTrails. Additional information about meeting spots and any cancellations due to weather will be posted on social media and through WEAAD CT Team Messenger.

Monday, May 9th, 5:30 PM – West Hartford Reservoir, West Hartford

Tuesday, May 17th, 5:30 PM – Sprague Land Preserve, North Franklin

Sunday, May 22nd, 9:00 AM – Hammonasett State Park, Madison

Tuesday, May 31st, 5:30 PM – Putnam River Trail, Putnam

Monday, June 13th, 5:30 PM – Bluff Point, Groton

AARP: The Journey to Livable Communities, Conference 5/3/22, 2-4:30 PM

The Journey to Livable Communities: Inclusive, Innovative, Intergenerational  

Explore innovative approaches to creating livable communities where you live, learn and work.  Join AARP CT and attendees from across the country for this FREE, Virtual conference taking place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET-4:30 PM ET. 

AARP CT and Masonicare host the 4th Annual Livability Conference in collaboration with five of our Age-Inclusive institutions of higher education offering a global, nationwide and local dialogue. Join us in bringing Inclusive, Innovative & Intergenerational to the livability space.  Professional Credits available. Registration required:  


World Health Organization’s 8 Domains of Livability AARP, Masonicare, CCSU, HIU, QU, SCSU & UHART
Global Communication & Information Strategies: Digital Inclusion of Older Persons Michael Phillips, AARP Dr. Lauren Tucker, Southern CT State University

Transportation Navigation Options, Pedestrian Safety & Community Programming Meg Haffner, Regional Mobility Coordinator Mary Rosenbauer, ADA Paratransit Coordinator Andre June, Central CT State University Claudia Oakes, University of Hartford Karla Natale, Quinnipiac University

Intergenerational Approaches to Addressing: Ageism – Social Integration – Cultural Inclusion Chaplain Aida Mansoor, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace Kathy Stokes, AARP Christina Barmon, CCSU

Livability Through the Lens of Our Universities & Surrounding Communities Claudia Oakes, UHART Andrea June, CCSU Sheila Molony, QU Lauren Tucker, SCSU Katy O’Leary, HIU Christina Barmon, CCSU

Program approved for (2.50) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. Approved for 1 hour of Cultural Competence licensure requirements and applicable for license renewals for CT LPCs, LMFTs and licensed psychologists.  Event has been submitted to the CT Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.  The CT Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the AMNCCC on Accreditation.  

There is still time to Register! Help Crime Victims Find Their Justice, Free Webinar 4/[email protected] 12 PM

The Coalition for Elder Justice in CT is partnering with the Connecticut Council of Famly Services Agencies to share important information about services available to older adults in CT who have been victims of crime and are seeking justice.

This course is designed to educate participants about, and promote awareness of, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) case management program administered by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA).

The VOCA case management program at CTFSA provides crime victims with trauma-informed, client-centered case management services that encourage safety and resiliency. Case Managers (CM) support the personal growth and emotional healing of victims through assistance with the Victims Compensation Process; advocacy and emotional support; and connections to concrete supports such as counseling, housing assistance, childcare, and transportation; crisis intervention, and safety planning.

Click here to REGISTER!

CLE approval pending. This Session has been approved for 1 CEC by NASW-CT.

4/22 @ 12 PM, AARP CT Webinar: Fraud Fighting with AARP CT, Home Improvement Scams

This Friday at Noon (4/22) AARP is launching our “Fighting Fraud with AARP CT” third show featuring the topic Home Improvement/Contract Scams. Here’s how you can support, promote and engage on this from an individual and organizational perspective go to:

A Big Thank you to all who have participated in this month’s show to help us get the word out!   Sandy Arenas, Migdalia Cruz, Mark Solomon, Marilyn Diaz and Jessica Krough!