North Avenue: A Complete Street in the Making

Posted on 07/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy If you live in or around Burlington, chances are you have driven North Avenue.  This important street is the backbone of the New North End as well as a key connection between the New North End and the Waterfront and Downtown. What is less likely is that you have biked North Avenue, or walked along it for any distance.    Over the last year or so, a group of citizens and municipal staff have been working hard on the “North …

Get the Inside Scoop On Scams and Fraud in VT

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy AARP knows that fraud will never be eliminated entirely, but there is a lot more that can be done to arm consumers with tools to detect and avoid fraud.  That’s why AARP launched its Fraud Watch Network because of the serious fraud threats here in Utah, where it’s a multi-billion dollar industry, as it is all across the country.  Fraud isn’t just limited to “too good to be true” offers.  According to recent report by Javelin Strategy and Research, more …

Speak Up!! Hearing on Housing in Burlington Set for June 12

Posted on 06/6/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy Let’s talk about housing needs in Burlington!  The Mayor’s office recently released a comprehensive housing strategy report outlining a number of recommendations to improve and grow the housing stock in downtown Burlington, addressing issues of affordability and availability.  Appropriate and affordable housing is a key component to the development of a livable community.  The first opportunity for the public to weigh in on the report is June 12 at 7 p.m. in Contois Auditorium at City Hall.

AARP Live Looks at Fraud on Thursday Night Show

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy Frauds and scams will be the focus of this month’s AARP Live airing Thursday, May 22nd at 10 p.m. ET on the RFD-TV network.   May is Older American’s month and, unfortunately, older Americans are often the target of con artists. We’ll go inside the mind of one crook as he reveals how he was so successful scamming grandparents. And, we’ll share tips and information how to keep you from becoming a victim.  Panelists on this month’s show will include …

Governor Signs Bill Preventing Predatory Pension Lending

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy   Governor Peter Shumlin today signed a bill into law that effectively prevents predatory online lending institutions from preying upon older Vermonters.  The legislation, drafted by AARP Vermont and others, impacts companies offering cash advances to pensioners in exchange for part or all of their pension payments – often at very high interest rates. The new law requires these companies to register with the state and comply with strict regulations on interest rates, disclosures, etc. — or face stiff penalties. …

“ Observation Status” and Vermonters: Learn How to Protect Yourself!

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy    Seniors, families and friends, and professionals are invited to learn how to navigate this complicated Medicare provision when faced with a hospital short stay. “Observation status” is a Medicare designation for a hospital stay that patients experience as inpatients receiving care, but that Medicare considers outpatient. Increasingly, many Vermonters, like seniors across the country, have already suffered financial hardship particularly with rehab and nursing home bills when they transfer from the hospital from a short stay because Medicare will …