About Us

The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (WCAAA) is a private, non-profit corporation. Through designation as an Area Agency on Aging, the WCAAA is a funding source for services designed to maintain seniors in the community. Funding is derived from federal, state and local sources with clients contributing toward the cost of many supportive services.

Federal and non-federal funding finances services such as congregate and home delivered meals, legal, chore, health, adult day care/respite, transportation, veterans outreach, senior centers, benefits outreach and health screenings for seniors in the 41 town western CT area. Our home based senior assessments frequently act as a gateway to our programs and services. The Agency administers the statewide Alzheimer Respite Care Program, as well as the following programs with federal funding: National Family Caregiver Support, Money Follows the Person, Live Well, Congregate Housing Service and through a contract with the local housing Authorities, the Resident Service Coordination Project.  As  a State of Connecticut contractor, we administer the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders, for Waterbury.  The WCAAA is a resource for information and referral to services for older adults and through research, serves as an advocate for older adults in the 41 towns. As a member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the WCAAA is part of a national referral network focused on assisting seniors and caregivers.  The WCAAA and Independence Northwest, in partnership, function as the designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for the Western Area (see below).

WCAAA Board of Directors

Pat Bria, CPA, President

Dr. Joseph DeMayo, Vice President

Dolores Winans, Secretary

Atty. Michael Giardina, Treasurer

Howard Raff, At-Large

Judy Begley
Atty. Alyson Marcucio
John S. Boccuzzi
Edward C. Dearborn
The Honorable Judge Diane S. Blick
Paul Hinckley

Advisory Council

Rita Caruso
Carolyn DeRocco
Ellen Durstin
Marc FiglarAmy Foreman
Mary Kate Gill
Anne Goia
Audrey Grove
Roy Ann James-Ellerbee
Kathy Kinane
Donna-Jean Lavoie
Danessa Marshall
Sharon Massafra
Sharon Moore
Linda Musco
Ann Quattrocchi
Marjorie Ross
Anastasia Timpko
Elena Westhaver

ADRC History

In 2008 the Western CT Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) and Independence Northwest (IN) were selected to establish a new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in the northwest region of our state. The ADRC model is a national movement, funded by the Administration on Aging through the CT Department of Social Services, developed to increase consumer support in the navigation of and access to resources.

Our ADRC serves as single point of entry into the long-term care system for older adults and people with disabilities. This program addresses many of the frustrations consumers and their families experience when trying to find needed information, services, and supports. Our ADRC raises visibility about the full range of options that are available, better coordinates aging and disability service systems, provides objective information and assistance, empowers people to make informed decisions about their long term supports, and serves as convenient entry point for all public and private long term-care programs and support services.

The ADRC is a collaborative effort between WCAAA and IN, with each organization handling calls based on their area of expertise. Although we are not co-located, the process of information, intake, and referral runs smoothly from both the consumer and organization standpoint. You can call the ADRC through a toll free number (1-800-CHOICES or 1-800-246-4237) and an ADRC counselor will be available during normal business hours to answer your questions. If we need to make a referral to another entity, we can transfer you via "warm transfer" to the appropriate partnering agency. No more calling multiple phone numbers to get information. Since its Grand Opening in May of 2009, the program has assisted over 600 consumers in accessing critical information and services.