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July 14, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
Former CT State Senator - now newly appointed Commissioner on the Department on Aging - at a bill signing ceremony July 10, 2013. Image source: C-T-N video/Gov. Malloy media page

Former CT State Senator – now newly appointed Commissioner on the Department on Aging – at a bill signing ceremony July 10, 2013. Image source: C-T-N video/Gov. Malloy media page

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Lt Gov. Nancy Wyman, CT State Department on Aging Commissioner Edith Prague and members of the General Assembly’s Aging Committee, held a ceremonial bill signing July 10 for Public Act 13-125, An Act Concerning the Department on Aging.

Prague stepped down in May 2012 as State Senator for the 19th District after serving in office for 18 years. That district serves Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich and Sprague.

Prague’s passion has been protecting the rights and promoting the dignity of senior citizens. She was picked by Gov. Malloy in March 2013 to head a new Department on Aging.

The legislation fully establishes a State Department on Aging (SDA), which was statutorily created on Jan. 1, 2013 and will ensure that Connecticut’s seniors have access to the supportive services necessary to live with dignity, security and independence.

Click here to watch a video of the ceremony http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=11&q=527964

All appropriate functions, programs, and duties within the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) State Unit on Aging and Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman will be transferred to the SDA.

“We know that the demand for programs that serve our seniors will increase dramatically in the coming years,” said Commissioner Prague.

“Having a central office to take the lead on policies relevant to our senior citizens will make services more easily accessible. I thank Gov. Malloy for getting out in front of this issue by creating the Department on Aging and am eager to work together to ensure the programs we offer meet the needs of our elderly residents,” she said.

Thirty-one people will work for the SDA, including Commissioner Prague, Pamela Toohey, an executive assistant to the commissioner, 15 staff transferred from the State Unit on Aging formerly at DSS, and 14 staff transferred from the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman.

“Under the leadership of Commissioner Prague, this department will greatly improve the quality of life for our state’s growing senior population,” said Gov. Malloy.

“Over the last decade, the number of elderly residents living in Connecticut has grown nearly 5 percent and currently makes up more than 14 percent of the state’s population – that number is expected to grow to 21.5 percent of the population by 2030. This is why it is crucial that we have an office specifically designed to assist these residents and administer the services and programs that they depend on day-in and day-out.”

The department will be responsible for managing a variety of federally-funded programs at the state level under the Older American’s Act.

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “There’s much we need to do to help elderly residents in our state and, now that we have a department that focuses specifically on them, we can work on improving the way we deliver those services.”

“As the past chair of the State Senate’s Committee on Aging, Commissioner Prague has experience on issues pertaining to elderly services and is well-respected by her colleagues in both parties as a staunch advocate for senior citizens across the state. I am happy to have Commissioner Prague as a partner as we work towards the Governor’s goal of improving the quality of life and care for Connecticut’s older adults,” Lt. Gov. Wyman said.

Posted July 14, 2013 based on a press release as edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related links:

Edith Prague comes out of retirement to head CT Department on Aging http://columbia.htnp.com/2013/04/02/edith-prague-comes-out-of-retirement-to-head-ct-department-on-aging/

C-T-N videos of government events http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/

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Posted July 15, 2013

Related link:

Edith Prague comes out of retirement to head CT Department on Aging – http://columbia.htnp.com/2013/04/02/edith-prague-comes-out-of-retirement-to-head-ct-department-on-aging/

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