Drowsy Driving: the Forgotten Impairment

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Vermont Most drivers know drowsy driving is risky, yet too many still do it. Of course we cannot always get enough sleep as easily as we can avoid alcohol and drugs, but we must try, because drowsiness can be every bit as dangerous. It causes 100,000+ crashes nationally every year, killing over 1,500 of us and injuring at least 40,000 more. And those are conservative estimates, because drowsiness is so difficult to quantify and track. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic …

Masson Named Driver Safety Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Events | Vermont Doug Masson of Cambridge, VT was named Volunteer of the Year for the AARP Vermont Driver Safety Program.  Doug has been insrtumental in delivering the program on many levels, according to Dave Peters, Driver Safety state coordinator. Doug serves as an instructor, district coordinator, trainer and Car Fit technician.  In 2014 alone he taught 9 classes and recruited and trained 4 new instructors. He has been active in launching and conducting CarFit programs around Vermont and helped train 3 new …

Are you a caregiver? Tell your story.

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Vermont   Across Vermont unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who givetheir hearts each and every day; to share their stories; and, to …

Stay Warm: Assistance is Available

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Vermont Vermonters living on fixed incomes may be eligible for help with the cost of staying warm this winter.  Residents who own their home, pay for heating as part of their rent or live in subsidized public housing—where rent includes heating costs—may receive help if their annual income does not exceed $21,612 for an individual or $29,112 for a couple.  “The state’s home heating assistance program provides valuable help, keeping Vermont residents from having to choose between buying groceries and medications …

Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Presentation

Posted on 10/17/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Vermont Get the Facts: If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia it is time to learn the facts. This program discusses the difference between normal aging and dementia, explores how the brain works, defines dementia and goes through the different stages of the disease, explains the importance of clinical trials and gives an overview to the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. Join us Tuesday, November 4 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the …

Have you saved enough to cover health care costs?

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work | Vermont Today, AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55%) don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. While Medicare only covers about half of health costs, four in ten (38%) say they haven’t saved anything at all for such expenses even though multiple studies show that these costs often reach more than $200,000 for a retired couple. AARP also found that …