Drowsy Driving: the Forgotten Impairment

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Are you a caregiver? Tell your story.

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

Health & Wellbeing   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 …

Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Presentation

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 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 …

Get Rid of Your Old Meds!

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The U.S. DEA is working with local police agencies to hold a medication take-back on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great chance for you to get rid of old medications that are either expired or that you no longer need. To find a disposal location near you: Visit the DEA’s take-back pagehttp://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ Visit www.Vermont211.org or call Vermont 2-1-1 Visit the Vermont Department of Public Safety Drug Diversion Unit website at http://vsp.vermont.gov/drugdiversionor call (802) …

An Adventure Overseas?

Posted on 09/15/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Please join us: “Celebrating the Achievements of Older Volunteers” A panel discussion with those who have served in Peace Corps over the age of 50 Monday, October 20, 2014,   4:00pm – 6:00pm Vermont AARP Office     199 Main Street, 2nd Floor                                                                                      Burlington, VT 05401  Peace Corps Seeks Active, Interested Seniors for Service Abroad. Use your wealth of knowledge and lifetime of experience to make a difference for a community overseas!  Peace Corps has volunteer opportunities from a variety of backgrounds …