Newport Recognized as an Age Friendly City

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Home & Family At a press conference Thursday, Newport Mayor Monette and the City of Newport were formally recognized for the city’s commitment and progress to date as a participant in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Last year, Mayor Monette, with support from city council and the community, committed Newport to become Vermont’s first city to gain such distinction. Since then, an active Advisory Council made up of 20 local government and community leaders from both the business and non-profit sectors, is leading …

In Their Words: Burlington Mayoral Candidates Share their Views in AARP’s Voter Guide

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Home & Family Are you ready to elect the next mayor of Burlington?  Here’s a chance to find out how candidates Miro Weinberger and Steve Goodkind stand on issues important to Burlington residents.  Our Voter Guide reveals how they plan to address transportation, mobility and affordable housing challenges in the Queen City. If you’d like to learn more and see their answers to our questions, click here.

Can You Give a Lift?

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Neighbor Rides of Chittenden County helps people who don’t drive stay connected with the community. AARP Vermont is helping to recruit volunteers to drive people to grocery stores, medical appointments and other engagements. “More than 80 percent of suburban and rural Chittenden County seniors have limited transit access,” said David Reville, an AARP spokesman. “Vermont has the second-oldest state population in the country, and the challenge of providing mobility will continue to grow.” In a survey of county residents age …

10 Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Home & Family During the busy holiday season, family caregivers – over 268,000 right here in New Hampshire – already feel overwhelmed with daily responsibilities, leaving them vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrive.  Turning to unhealthy behaviors – drinking more eggnog, eating more sweets, getting fewer hours of shut-eye, and forgoing exercise – is not the answer.  AARP’s Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert and caregiver herself, offers this list of helpful tips to help family caregivers come through the holiday season …

Drowsy Driving: the Forgotten Impairment

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family   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 …