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Center for Healthy Aging Offers Services in Spanish and Polish

New Britain [October 23 2008] - Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging at The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain General campus has added services and information in Spanish and Polish to help non-English speaking seniors and their caregivers access helpful resources.

The Center provides, at no charge, information, education and a wide variety of services, including needs assessments; referrals to state and local agencies that serve the aging; help accessing programs to maintain independence; and other assistance.

The Center recently added a phone menu in Spanish and Polish, the free services of a translator for needs assessments and brochures and information about various agencies in Spanish and Polish.

In addition, a bilingual (English- and Spanish-speaking) counselor from the North Central Area Agency on Aging, Inc.’s CHOICES Program visits the New Britain General campus the first and third Friday of each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to help seniors and their families understand and choose the best plans for the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Medicare Part D).

“We know there are a lot of Spanish- and Polish-speaking families in our area who could benefit from our services,” said Lisa Leitao, R.N., who staffs the New Britain General campus Center for Healthy Aging office. “Our aim is to help seniors and their caregivers maintain an optimal quality of life -- in whatever type of arrangement they choose. Whether seniors want to stay in their own homes or live with their children or other loved ones, we can help families access the services and resources they need to meet their goals.”

Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging services include:
• Needs assessments – conducted in the Center offices or at the client’s home – to determine if clients need medical equipment; home safety measures (i.e., handrails in the bathroom, additional lighting); help with meal preparation; assistance with medication management; and other items/services. Memory screenings are also offered.

• Help accessing medical care, social services, community resources, transportation, financial planning ,and legal advice housing options.

• Information, education and training for caregivers, elders and family members on various topics.

• A resource library that provides Internet access and brochures, periodicals, books, tapes and CDs on topics related to aging, including caring for elders.

Staffed by a registered nurse and gerontologist, a professional specializing in services for older adults, the Center helps more than 800 seniors and their families annually. The Center also has an office at the hospital’s Bradley Memorial campus in Southington.

For information on Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, call the New Britain General campus office, (860) 224-5278 (non-English speaking callers may leave a message and receive a return call in Spanish or Polish).

To reach the Bradley Memorial campus office (English only), call (860) 276-5293.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366














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