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 …

Stay Warm: Assistance is Available

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

Home & Family 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 …

Do You Qualify for Energy Assistance?

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Green Mountain Power (GMP) has an Energy Assistance Program that can save low-income customers about $20 a month. Only 18 percent of eligible households have signed up, however, and AARP is encouraging Vermonters on fixed incomes to apply. “Sadly, many people forgo medications and even food to keep the lights on,” said Greg Marchildon, AARP state director. AARP Vermont fought for several years to establish the program, which began in January 2013. The program provides a 25 percent discount on …

Active Living Workshops for Burlington’s South End

Posted on 09/12/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Home & Family   AARP VT and the City of Burlington want to hear your ideas and dreams for a more “livable” South End in Burlington!   Join us for a dynamic and interactive workshop to share your ideas of creating a better neighborhood, whether you bike, ride or walk! This is your opportunity to provide input into the efforts underway for Plan BTV South End.    When:  Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 25th – 27th Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington    You …