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Looking for a Way to Connect Socially? For All Ages hosts “Tea @ 3 Community”

Join our Tea @ 3 Intergenerational Friendship Community this spring!
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Our popular intergenerational friendship program will include 3 free Community-wide Zoom events and 3 small-group gatherings this spring:

Discover the Power of Your Story with Terry Wolfish Cole. Listen to Terry tell a story about her recent appearance as a Jeopardy contestant!
Journaling for resilience. Together, we’ll customize our bullet journals (free for each Community member) and learn how journaling can help us organize, simplify, and practice mindfulness.
End of session Par-Tea and Tea @ 3 bingo.

NEW this session: 3 optional small-group Zoom gatherings. Meet a few of your fellow Community members during a small-group get-together.

Join the Tea @ 3 Community, make a new friend, and feel a sense of belonging and community. Enjoy a weekly phone call with a Tea-Mate of another age who is matched with you based on interests. And if coffee – or hot cocoa – is your choice of an afternoon pick-me-up, that’s fine with us.

This Community is available to CT residents age 18+ and students attending a CT university or Amherst College.
Join our spring 2022 Tea @ 3 Community

Governor Lamont Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol From Saturday to Sunday

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that as temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits on Saturday night, he is directing the State of Connecticut’s severe cold weather protocol to be activated beginning at noon on Saturday, February 5, 2022, and remaining in effect through noon on Sunday, February 6, 2022.

The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe cold conditions, which could be life-threatening if exposed to the elements for extended periods of time. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to make sure that anyone in need can receive shelter from the outdoors, including transportation to shelters.

Anyone in need is urged to call 2-1-1 to get connected to these services. Safety measures have been enacted at shelters and warming centers throughout Connecticut to adhere to the needs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“When temperatures drop this low, it can be incredibly dangerous to be outdoors for extended periods of time,” Governor Lamont said. “Shelters and warming centers are available across Connecticut. Anyone in need can call 2-1-1 to get connected to a nearby location, and they can even provide transportation if necessary.”

The following actions are implemented while the protocol is enacted:

  • The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables local, regional, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
  • The Connecticut Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Housing, and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.

For emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CTPrepares website at ct.gov/ctprepares or download the CTPrepares app to mobile devices at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Today! Center for Medicare Advocacy Webinar, Medicare Home Health Services, 2-3 PM

After the tremendous response to last week’s webinar on Medicare home health services and access (you can view the recording here), we are offering a follow-up presentation tomorrow, Wednesday, January 19, from 2-3 PM EST. Register now for more discussion of Medicare home health coverage and access

The Center’s mission to advance access to comprehensive Medicare coverage, health equity, and quality healthcare is more important than ever during this challenging time. More free, insightful webinars will be coming from the Center this year. We also invite you to sign up to receive our weekly CMA Alerts and stay updated on important Medicare and healthcare news, webinar notices, and more – at no cost. If you have already signed up, you can be an ambassador for the Center by forwarding this email to anyone you think would like to join our community.

The Center is a non-profit, law organization dedicated to making an impact for families across the country. If we can grow the number of participating donors, we can continue our efforts to work on behalf of all people who rely on Medicare, speak for patients who would otherwise not be heard, and keep our educational webinars free for everyone. Make a donation today to help make a difference.

Most of all, we are grateful to you for your participation and for being part of our community. Thank you very much.

APS TARC Provides Monthly Peer to Peer APS Workers Calls

Illustration of two people with arrows pointing left and right between them.    

Have you ever wished that you could tap into the expertise of other APS workers, supervisors or state administrators who are struggling with the same issues and concerns that you deal with daily? The APS TARC facilitates Peer to Peer Calls for workers, supervisors and managers/state administrators. We invite you to join us.

These calls will allow you to ask others to help you with difficult cases, brainstorm how to work with challenging partners, and get advice on how to tackle staff related concerns. In exchange, you will be asked to help your peers with your own insights and experience. APS TARC staff will not be providing advice on these calls – you and your peers are the experts!     

To register for the Peer to Peer APS Workers’ call on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST, please click on the link below and enter your information. The call-in information will be sent to you the day before the call. Please add the call to your calendar. The Hot Topic will be “How do You Assess Capacity in Your Agency?” 
  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ND9Z9ZQ
To register for the Peer to Peer Supervisors’ call on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST, please click on the link below and enter your information. The call-in information will be sent to you the day before the call. Please add the call to your calendar. The Hot Topic will be “Supervising Financial Exploitation Cases.” 
  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N9S7BYC
To register for the Peer to Peer APS Manager/Administrators’ call on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST, please click on the link below and enter your information. The call-in information will be sent to you the day before the call. Please add the call to your calendar. The Hot Topic will be “Quality Assurance” 
  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N72QZWB  

UConn Seeks Participants for Research Study on Understanding Healthy Aging

University of Connecticut

65 years or older?

Participants Wanted for a Research Study

Understanding Healthy Aging

We are seeking participants for a research study that will identify neural pathways associated with well-being in older adults. Participants will be asked to complete a 60-minute Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan that will involve viewing several images that may elicit positive, negative, or neutral emotions. Participants will also be asked to complete several questionnaires about mood, attentiveness, well-being, and demographics. Participation should take no longer than 1.5 hours, and participants will receive $50. Participants will complete this study in the University of Connecticut’s Brain Imaging Research Center, on UConn’s Storrs campus.

To be eligible to participate:

Must be 65 or older

Fluent in English

Right-handed

Able to lie on your back for one hour

No metal in body

No history of neurological or psychiatric disorder or cognitive impairment

For more information, or to sign up for the study, please contact:

Dr. Natalie Shook || [email protected]

For Law Enforcement: EAGLE Newsletter

   
EAGLE Newsletter
July 29, 2021
  IACP’s #PathForward Campaign     In May, the IACP launched #PathFoward – an overarching campaign to help enhance law enforcement’s efforts to tell better the story of all that policing is – the collaborative nature of community partnerships, the excellent work of agencies every day, and the progressive efforts to elevate the profession.   Learn More   Download PDF     VINELink – Empowering Victims of Crime     VINELink is an online portal to VINE, America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.
    Access VINE   Watch Video – What is VINE     Live Online Training!     This course promotes a multi-agency approach to the problem of financial exploitation of senior citizens. Topics include working with senior victims, examining documents like bank records and power of attorney, and resources for investigation and community awareness. Detailed examination of a case study from initial complaint to prosecution reinforces and illustrates the course content.    Course Detail   Upcoming Course List         Follow EAGLE on Twitter! 

@EAGLEatUSC
         

CEJC and Attorney General’s Office Launches “Elder Justice Hotline”

PRESS RELEASE

Monday, July 19, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG LAUNCHES ELDER JUSTICE HOTLINE

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong, Aging and Disabilities Commissioner Amy Porter, Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull and the Coalition for Elder Justice in Connecticut today launched the Elder Justice Hotline– a “one-stop shop” for older in adults in Connecticut in need of information, aid, and justice.

Elder justice issues can range from age-based discrimination in the workplace to scams and frauds, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  As a result, no one state agency can answer every question. The Consumer Assistance Unit of the Office of the Attorney General will staff the hotline and refer matters as appropriate to agencies across state government. 

The hotline can be reached at 1-860-808-5555. Individuals may also access information about the hotline, resources, and an online complaint portal here: https://portal.ct.gov/ag/elderhotline

“If you have been the victim of a scam, or have been neglected, exploited, or abused, we are here to help. It’s hard sometimes to know who to call, so we want to make it easy. The Elder Justice Hotline can answer your questions, connect you with trained investigators, and help you access aid, support and justice,” said Attorney General Tong.

“We are pleased this hotline will make it that much easier for older adults and their families to make connections that support their independence with dignity and respect,” said Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Amy Porter.

The Coalition for Elder Justice in Connecticut is a multi-disciplinary, statewide group of private and public stakeholders working together to prevent elder abuse and protect the rights, independence, security, and well-being of vulnerable elders.

“This is another important tool in the toolbox for state agencies to work together to protect consumers from age-based discrimination in the workplace, scams, and frauds targeting older adults, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull.

Reports of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation received through the Hotline will be referred to the Protective Services for the Elderly program of the Department of Social Services.  DSS social workers investigate reports of elder maltreatment and neglect (including self-neglect) and intervene with services and connections to community partners. 

“Unfortunately, older adults are especially vulnerable to serious maltreatment, including physical, emotional and even sexual abuse, along with neglect and financial exploitation,” said Dr. Deidre S. Gifford, Department of Social Services Commissioner and Department of Public Health Acting Commissioner.  “Our Protective Services social workers help adults 60 and older by investigating allegations and providing or arranging for services to alleviate and prevent further maltreatment.  We also provide conservator of person and estate services when vulnerable older adults have no one to care for them or their interests.  We thank Attorney General Tong and his staff for launching the Elder Justice Hotline, which promises to be an important contact point and resource for Connecticut’s older adults and their families and advocates.”

“This hotline will help law enforcement, as well as family and friends, protect our most targeted and vulnerable population. Our older populations sometimes have difficulty and fear when they are trying to report that they are a victim. This will be a tremendous help,” said Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella.

The Office of the Attorney General and the Coalition for Elder Justice in Connecticut have partnered with the following state agencies and organizations to support the hotline:

•             CT Department of Banking

•             CT Department of Consumer Protection

•             CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

•             CT Department of Public Health

•             CT Department of Social Services – Protective Services for the Elderly

•             CT Long-Term Care Ombudsman

•             CT Police Training Academy

•             CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

•             State Unit on Aging, Department of Aging and Disability Services

Check Out a Great Resource! NCEA Provides Reframed and Translated Materials to Celebrate WEAAD

New WEAAD Materials Available!
As we near World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2021, on June 15th, we celebrate efforts around the world to prevent elder abuse. The NCEA team is excited to announce NEW translated materials are now available! These materials are reframed with Reframing Elder Abuse Project communication tools which will help effectively spread awareness regarding elder abuse for all communities.   

Our communities are diverse and beautiful, all should have equal access to awareness materials. Language translation is an important support we can provide to educate all segments of our communities about how to prevent and address elder abuse. To celebrate communities around the world, we have translated additional awareness materials in Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Armenian, Farsi, Spanish, and Korean.   

View and share widely: https://ncea.acl.gov/Resources/Publications.aspx  

CFPB: Resources for Financial Caregivers

May is Older Americans Month and June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. During this time, we celebrate communities of strength created by older adults and we’re spotlighting resources that can help them achieve and maintain financial well-being.

This week we’re sharing resources for financial caregivers — people who manage money for a loved one who may need help because of health problems or memory issues. If you don’t have a financial caregiver lined up, it helps to plan ahead in case you need help in the future. Understanding your options will allow you and your loved ones to choose what works best for your situation. Here are some free CFPB resources to help:

Considering a financial caregiver? Know your options is a new tool to help you decide whether you or your loved one need an informal caregiver, who helps manage money on an as-needed basis, or a formal caregiver, established by a legal arrangement. The brief guide also walks you through what to consider when choosing a financial caregiver.

Planning for peace of mind: Social Security Advance Designation explains a new tool from the Social Security Administration that allows you to recommend someone you trust to manage your Social Security benefits if you become unable to do so yourself.

Planning for diminished capacity and illness helps you understand the potential impact of diminished capacity on your ability to make financial decisions and avoid fraud and other forms of financial abuse. The joint advisory from the Securities and Exchange Commission and CFPB encourages you to plan for possible diminished financial capacity long before it happens.

Managing Someone Else’s Money guides explain the responsibilities of a financial caregiver, as well as how to spot financial exploitation and avoid scams. The guides are tailored to the needs of people in four different fiduciary roles: power of attorney, guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries.

Order free print copies of these publications for yourself, and to share with older adults in your community.

Learn more about Older Americans Month, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and the CFPB Office for Older Americans. Thank you, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau