Conroy joins forum on communities for aging population

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Theresa Conroy

HARTFORD — State Rep. Theresa Conroy (D-105) took part in a forum this week designed to make communities more senior-friendly as the number of older adults continues to grow.

The Connecticut Commission on Aging and Connecticut Conference of Municipalities co-hosted the forum, “Livable Communities for All Ages,” Monday at the State Capitol complex in Hartford.

According to the commission on aging, Connecticut is the seventh oldest state in the nation, with 507,000 residents over 65 years old and the over-65 segment will grow by more than 64 percent between 2006 and 2030.

The forum focused on how communities can become senior-friendly and discussed issues such as “walk-ability” — especially for people using adaptive mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes — wellness, safety and personal economic security.

“Communities need to make sure they remain livable for an aging population who plan to stay independent in their own homes,” said Conroy in a statement. “This was a comprehensive and enlightening forum. We discussed issues ranging from health and wellness to housing, transportation to public safety, employment opportunities to lifelong education.”