Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Shelton AARP commends Kelly for support of seniors

Michael Klein, left, AARP Fourth District Advocacy Lead, joins Byron Peterson, right, AARP Advocacy Specialist, to present state Sen. Kevin Kelly with a legislative achievement award. / Contributed photo

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, ranking member on the General Assembly’s Aging Committee, accepted the AARP Legislative Achievement Award at the June 10 Installation Luncheon of the Shelton AARP. 
The award recognizes Kelly’s efforts to support residents age 50 and over throughout 2013.

Kelly was recognized for his leadership in strengthening community services and caregiver supports that give individuals the choice to age with dignity in their own homes.

“We commend you for your outstanding advocacy on behalf of older adults,” said Nora Duncan, AARP State Director, in a letter to Kelly. “Because of your legislative work, Connecticut is better positioned to meet the fiscal and personal challenges of an aging population in a way that respects individual choice and personal dignity.”

Kelly is committed to addressing issues that impact quality of life for Connecticut’s seniors.  He supported new laws that help seniors age in place, remaining in their own homes or community settings regardless of age or disability.

New laws in support of aging in place require outreach to seniors about the supplemental nutrition assistance program, improvements to elder abuse reporting, and a public awareness campaign to teach seniors and caregivers how to resist aggressive marketing tactics and scams.

A “Livable Communities” initiative was also established in 2013, which serves as a forum for review of best practices and resources to help people age in place. 

This is the third consecutive year Kelly was honored with the Legislative Achievement Award. Kelly’s awards recognize his persistent dedication to expanding home and community-based options, enhancing training opportunities for long-term care services and enhancing family caregiver supports.

Kelly received his award recognizing his 2013 accomplishments at a meeting at Molto Bene Restaurant in Ansonia.
Connecticut has about 600,000 AARP members. For information visit www.aarp.org/ct

This is a press release from state Sen. Kevin Kelly's office. 

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