AARP Teams with Senator Leahy to Lower the Costs of Prescription Drugs

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Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs By Senator Patrick Leahy For far too long, Americans have struggled to cope with the rising costs of prescription drugs.  And when brand name companies can drive up the price of drugs by using predatory practices, we all suffer.  Illnesses get worse.  Families, government programs, and other payers in the healthcare system ultimately bear those added, unnecessary costs. The problem of rising drugs costs is only getting worse.  Last year, Americans learned of the …

Battleground State Women Voters Want Action on Social Security — Candidate Positions as Crucial Program Has 81st Birthday Neither Candidate Has Majority of Women Voters

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Chicago, IL— At a forum on Social Security today, AARP leaders released results of a new poll of likely battleground state likely women voters age 50 and over who believe candidates have not done enough to tell them about their Social Security plans and also believe that within several years, the next President needs to take action to update the program.   On Sunday, Social Security turned 81, and at today’s forum experts discussed differing opinions about the future of …

Small Community Grant Makes Big Impact for New Americans

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Sometimes all it takes to make a difference is a little nudge. That’s what happened when AARP Vermont elected to support a small educational program in Burlington serving New American parents and grandparents.  A modest grant from AARP Vermont to Parent University leveraged real progress in reaching a population that was largely ignored. The sponsorship was critical to the program’s success over the past year and helped it reach older adults among the New American population, providing valuable education while …

Survey Says Unwary Consumers at Risk on Public Wi-Fi Networks

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AARP Launches “Watch Your Wi-Fi” Campaign to Increase Consumer Awareness and Engage Businesses A new survey from AARP says busy consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks to keep up-to-date on email, social networks, shopping and even their finances often put their sensitive personal information at risk. The AARP Fraud Watch Network today launches a “Watch Your Wi-Fi” campaign to educate Americans about Wi-Fi hazards and how they can protect themselves.  As part of the campaign, AARP has …

Community Action Grants Offered in Burlington

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  Can you or your group make a difference in the Queen City?   As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and …

Check out the Craftsman Fair at Lake Sunapee — and Get an AARP Member Discount!

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It wouldn’t be summer in New Hampshire without the 83rd Annual Craftsmen’s Fair https://www.nhcrafts.org/craftsmens-fair-overview.php – August 6 through 14, 2016 – at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury.  http://www.mountsunapee.com/mtsunapeewinter/index.asp.  AARP members receive a $7 discounted ticket – at the gate or online http://www.nhcrafts.org – with their membership card.  To receive the discount when ordering online, https://www.nhcrafts.org/tix and use the code FAIR2. Don’t miss this fun, festival-like atmosphere with shopping, entertainment and interactive activities for all ages.  Shop for one-of-a-kind crafts from …

Fraud/Scam Prevention Forum Thursday in Newport — Document Shredding too!

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 Free Document Shredding and Fraud Forum in Newport! Thursday, July 21, 2016 | Community National Bank   People 50-plus are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all consumer fraud victims. Here are two ways to protect yourself and your family. Fraud Forum—Get up to date on the latest scams and schemes to help protect you and the people you care about at our presentation on what makes you vulnerable and how to stay ahead of the crooks. …

Town Hall-Style Governor’s Forums Set for July 13 & 14

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Forums to Feature Phil Scott, Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, Sue Minter and Bruce Lisman. Moderator – Jim Leddy All five major party candidates will participate in a town hall-style gubernatorial forum this week at Champlain College. The event is being held over 2 nights to give each candidate 45 minutes to address questions from the audience and the moderator. A brief reception will be held before and after when candidates will be able to meet informally with attendees. Details below: …

It’s Time For Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand on Social Security

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You wouldn’t know it from most news coverage, but voters really do want presidential candidates to lay out their plans to keep Social Security financially sound for future generations. That’s why AARP’s Take A Stand campaign is calling on the major networks to push the candidates much harder on this important issue. In Vermont, Social Security helps 138,000 people pay their bills. It keeps thousands in the middle class – and above the poverty line. Vermont residents depend on Social …

AARP Vermont Speaks Out Against Another Cost Increase for the Vermont Gas Pipeline Project

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June 21, 2016 “AARP Vermont is not surprised to hear that another cost increase – nearly $12 million — has been announced by Vermont Gas Systems and that ratepayers are once again going to take a direct hit for a portion of it. This is a project that company officials have repeatedly assured the public will come in “on time and on budget.” Clearly this is not the case.  Costs continue to pile up and the company now expects customers …