State Representative Theresa Conroy hailed House passage this week of legislation that would establish a Livable Communities Initiative to help towns become more “senior-friendly” as the population of the state ages. Conroy is a Democrat representing Seymour, Derby and Beacon Falls.
The legislation, co-sponsored by Conroy, requires the Commission on Aging to establish a Livable Communities Initiative to serve as a forum for best practices and a resource clearinghouse to help municipal and state leaders design communities that allow residents to age in their own homes.
“Connecticut is aging,” said Conroy. “We need to help our cities and towns become more livable for seniors who chose to live at home. The Livable Communities Initiative will be a one-stop resource for municipalities as they wrestle with complex issues like wellness, housing, transportation and public safety for an aging population.”
According to the Connecticut Commission on Aging Connecticut (CoA) is the seventh oldest state in the nation, with 507,000 residents over the age of 65. The over-65 segment will grow by more than 64% between 2006 and 2030 — while the population of people 21-64 decreases.
The legislation (HB 6396) awaits action by the State Senate.